Trigger Regulations for Beaver Trappers
This Regulation Applies if You:
- Trap in the Southern Zone
- Trap in a WMU in the Southern Zone during a closed otter season, and
- Use a body-gripping trap larger than eight and a half inches (these are "330" size traps)
How to measure a trap
Revision to the Trigger Regulation for Beaver Trapping for 2009-10
If you trap beaver in a southern zone WMU during a closed otter season and use a body-gripping trap larger than eight and a half inches, you must use a trigger with the following specifications:
- must be a two-way trigger - tension-adjustable trigger is optional
- trigger stop no longer required
- trigger length must be 6 ½ inches or less
- trigger wires must be joined together
- trigger must be moved to the side to create a minimum 8-inch space between the trigger wires and the opposite side of the trap
For additional background and information on these trigger regulations see:
Trap testing presentation (PDF) (1.2 MB)
Modifying 330s (PDF) to avoid catching otter (232 KB)
Specific requirements of the regulations are shown in the diagrams below:
1. Body-gripping trap with tension adjustable/
parallel trigger and trigger stop - NOTE: A tension-adjustable trigger is optional and a trigger stop is no longer required (see above).
2. Examples of acceptable tension
adjustable/parallel triggers - NOTE: A tension-adjustable trigger is optional (see above).
3. Example of Non-Legal vs. Legal
4. Examples of Acceptable Trigger Stops - NOTE: A trigger stop is no longer required (see above).
- You can bait these traps in any manner. However, the trap must have all the features noted above.
- There is no exception for traps set under ice: traps set under ice, whether baited or not, must have all of the design features noted above.
- There is no tension requirement. However, DEC research showed that 8 to 12 oz. of tension works best for protecting otter and catching beaver.