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Trapping In New Jersey

TRAPPER EDUCATION COURSES
Courses offered in April and September - October

Furbearer Management Newsletters

GENERAL INFORMATION

Modern, regulated trapping is used to manage habitat, monitor and control animal populations, protect and reintroduce endangered species, protect public and private property and conduct research. It is a technique for sustainable, consumptive use of the wildlife resource. Young trapper with beaver In New Jersey there are trapping seasons for beaver, otter, mink, muskrat, eastern coyote, fox, opossum, raccoon, skunk and weasel.

In New Jersey, a Trapper Education course must be passed and a trapping license obtained to trap in the state. To use a snare a person must first pass a Fish and Wildlife-approved trapper education course which includes use of snares and carry on their person appropriate documentation thereof. A person must be at least 12 years of age. When offered, course announcements will be posted on this page (March/April and September - October).

All traps set or used must bear a legible tag of durable material with the name and address or Conservation Identification Number (CID#) of the person setting, using and maintaining the traps. Trappers previously assigned a Fish and Wildlife-issued trap identification number may continue to use their assigned number in lieu of name and address or CID to mark each trap. However, please note that the Division has ceased this practice and will no longer be issuing trap identification numbers.

All traps must be checked and tended at least once every 24 hours, preferably in the morning. When trapping beaver or otter, the trap tag must be clearly visible above the level of water or ice. Any person (including a farmer) who traps a coyote must notify a Division law enforcement office within 24 hours. Licensed trappers at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid rifle permit may carry a .22 caliber rifle, and use only .22 caliber short rimfire cartridges to kill legally trapped animals

A lottery is held for the awarding of beaver and otter permits. The application period is October 1-31 each year; unclaimed and leftover permits are then sold over-the-counter at licence agents and online.

For more information please consult the appropriate section(s) of the Fish and Wildlife Digest.

2014-2015 TRAPPING SEASON

arrow 2014-2015 Trapping Season Summary (pdf, 615kb)
arrow 2014-2015 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet (pdf, 140kb)
arrow Beaver and Otter Management Zone Map - Low Resolution (jpg, 100kb) High Resolution (jpg, 900kb)
arrow Beaver and Otter Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 26kb)

NEWSLETTERS

The DFW Upland Game and Furbearer Project began publication of the NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter with the Fall 2011 issue. Newsletters are published on a quarterly basis (January, April, July and October) and contain information about the state's furbearing species, management, research and other items of interest to the trapping community.

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New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2014 (pdf, 140kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2014 (pdf, 215kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2013-2014 (pdf, 135kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2013 (pdf, 73kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2013 (pdf, 335kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2012-2013 (pdf, 82kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2012 (pdf, 122kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2012 (pdf, 70kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2012 (pdf, 600kb)
arrow New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2011 (pdf, 170kb)

SURVEYS and HARVEST DATA

arrow Fur Trapping Harvest Summary, 1985-2013 (pdf, 15kb)
 
arrow 2012-13 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 59kb)
arrow 2011-12 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 58kb)
arrow 2010-11 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 63kb)
arrow 2009-10 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 59kb)
arrow 2008-09 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 57kb)
arrow 2007-08 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 63kb)
arrow 2006-07 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 67kb)
arrow 2005-06 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 61kb)
arrow 2004-05 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 66kb)
arrow 2003-04 New Jersey Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 42kb)

ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow How to Avoid the Capture of Bobcats While Trapping Other Furbearers - Updated 4/7/14
arrow How to Avoid Capturing Otter When Trapping Beaver (pdf, 36kb)
arrow Division Seeking Assistance from Trappers on Fisher Population
arrow Bobcat, Fisher and Nutria Occurrence Form (pdf, 94kb)
arrow Beaver/Otter Sighting Report Form (pdf, 18kb)
arrow North American Fur Auctions
    NAFA Pelt Handling Manual (pdf)
arrow New Jersey Fur Harvesters
arrow Regulations
arrow Coyotes in New Jersey
arrow Foxes in New Jersey
arrow Small Game Information
arrow Hunter Education
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
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