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Hunt Species Guide: Furbearers (Trapping)


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Regulations

Regulations for upcoming seasons are posted online throughout the year. Furbearer & Trapping regulations are typically posted mid August.

All downloads below are in PDF format.

 

Mandatory Animal Pelt Tagging & Harvest Reporting

Hunters and trappers must call in their harvest of bobcat, otter, swift fox, fisher, and marten within 24 hours. Bobcat, otter, fisher, and swift fox are required to be inspected and pelt-tagged within 10 days of the calendar close of the season at an FWP office. Tagging and inspection are no longer required for marten.

  • Harvest Reporting Line: 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453)
  • Reminder: The capture of any animal that cannot be lawfully trapped, including domestic animals, must be reported to FWP within 24 hours.

 

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Seasons

These dates are provided only as a general reference. Check current regulations or use FWP's online Hunt Planner for specific dates.

 

2020 Beaver Season Dates

Western & Southwestern Districts 1, 2 & 3

November 1 – April 15

Central & Eastern Districts 4, 5, 6 & 7

September 1 – May 31

 

2020 Bobcat Season Dates

Western & Southwestern Districts 1, 2 & 3

December 1 – February 15

Central & Eastern Districts 4, 5, 6 & 7

December 1 – March 1

Reminder: Bobcat season may close earlier when the quota is reached.

 

2020 Fisher Season Dates

Districts 1 & 2

December 1 – February 15

Reminder: Fisher season may close earlier when the quota is reached

 

2020 Marten Season Dates

Districts 1 - 5

December 1 – February 15

 

2020 Otter, Mink, Muskrat Season Dates

Statewide

November 1 – April 15

Reminder: Otter season may close earlier when the quota is reached

 

2020 Swift Fox Season Dates

District 6

November 1 – March 1

Reminder: Swift Fox season may close earlier when the quota is reached

 

2020 Wolverine Season Dates

Districts 1 - 5

Closed

Reminder: The Wolverine trapping season will remain closed for the foreseeable future

Licenses & Fees

General Trapper

Details: Available only to resident Conservation License holders 12 years of age or older. Must be purchased by November 30 each year to be valid for bobcat.

Fees:

  • Resident: $20

  • Nonresident: N/A

 

Landowner Trapper

Details: Available to landowner or member of their immediate family. Trapping restricted to lands owned or leased by the applicant. Must be purchased by November 30 each year to be valid for bobcat.

Fees:

  • Resident: $1

  • Nonresident: N/A

 

Nonresident Trapper

Details: Available only to nonresident conservation license holders; 12 years of age or older, whose state of residence has nonresident trapper licenses available to Montana trappers. Valid for predatory animals, wolves, and nongame wildlife. Not valid for bobcat.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A

  • Nonresident: $250

 

Youth Trapper

Details: Available only to resident conservation license holders 6 through 11 years of age. Valid for mink and muskrat only.

Fees:

  • Resident: $0

  • Nonresident: N/A

 

Special Recreational Use License for Trapping

Details: Prior to trapping on state trust land, all persons 12 years old and older must first apply for and be issued a “Special Recreational Use License for Trapping” (SRULT) from DNRC.

Application & Drawing Deadlines

General Trapper

Deadline

February 28

Availability 

This license is available Over the Counter.

 

Landowner Trapper

Deadline

February 28

Availability 

This license is available at any FWP Office.

 

Nonresident Trapper

Deadline

February 28

Availability 

This license is available at any FWP Office.

 

Youth Trapper

Availability 

This license is available at any FWP Office.

Harvest Quota Status

Hunters and trappers must call in their harvest of bobcat, otter, swift fox, fisher, and marten within 24 hours. Bobcat, otter, fisher, and swift fox are required to be inspected and pelt-tagged within 10 days of the calendar close of the season at an FWP office. Tagging and inspection are no longer required for marten.

  • Harvest Reporting Line: 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453).

 

Harvest Quota

In trapping districts with quotas, the season will close with 48 hours notice upon reaching or approaching the trapping district quota, or on the season closure date, whichever occurs first. 

Check current harvest info by calling 1-800-711-8727 or view online:

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