Montana's furbearer season for trapping beaver, mink, muskrat and otter, in western districts 1, 2, and 3 opened Nov. 1. Beaver trapping in central and eastern trapping districts 4, 5, 6 and 7 opened Sept. 1.
While land trapping seasons throughout Montana won't open until Dec. 1, a swift fox trapping season opened Thursday in a portion of northeastern Montana's district 6. Check the 2012 furbearer regulations for details on all trapping district season dates and closures.
Regulated trapping in Montana is managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks through scientifically based regulations that sustain furbearer populations. FWP and the FWP Commission continually review and refine those regulations to ensure the use of best management practices for trapping activities. Licensed trappers also provide FWP with important information that assists with wildlife management programs across the state.
Find more information on Montana furbearers and trapping regulations online at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Hunting" then click "Trapping".