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Section 6.2: Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Opossum, Weasel, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Skunk, Coyote, Fisher, Bobcat and Pine Marten Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits

Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 3-0301, 11-0303, 11-0907, 11-0917, 11-1101, 11-1103, and 11-1105

[Last amended June 12, 2013]

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§6.2 Mink, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, weasel, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, fisher, bobcat and pine marten trapping seasons and bag limits.

(a) Open Seasons
(b) Bag limits
(c) Bobcat permit

(a) No person shall trap the following listed species except during the open trapping seasons corresponding to the listed wildlife management units, or parts of units. Refer to Section 4.1 of this Title for a description of wildlife management units.

(1) Mink and Muskrat

"Open season" "Wildlife management units"
Nov. 10 - Apr. 7 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 3S, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6R, 6S
Nov. 25 - Feb. 15 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9C, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9X, 9W, 9Y
Oct. 25 - Apr. 15 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K, 6N, 7A
Dec. 15 - Feb. 25 1A, 1C, 2A

(2) Raccoon, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, opossum and weasel.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
November 1 to February 25, except closed for coyote 1A, 1C and 2A
October 25 to December 10 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K and 6N.
December 11 to February 15 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K and 6N. Body-gripping traps set on land may not be set with bait or lure.
October 25 to February 15. All other WMUs

(3) Bobcat.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
October 25 to February 15 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 4B, 4C, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 5S, 5T, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J and 6N
October 25th through the Friday before the start of the Southern Zone regular big game season 3R, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S, 7S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X and 9Y
Closed All other WMUs

(4) Fisher.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
October 25 to December 10 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K, 6N, 6R and 6S
Closed All other WMUs

(5) Pine Marten.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
October 25 to December 10 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6F and 6J
Closed All other WMUs

(b) Bag limits.

(1) A maximum of six pine marten may be taken by a single trapper during the open season for trapping marten.

(2) Mink, muskrat, fisher, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, bobcat, opossum and weasel may be taken by trappers in any number during their respective open seasons.

(c) Bobcat permit.

(1) No person shall trap bobcat in Wildlife Management Units 3R, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S, 7S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X or 9Y unless the person holds a revocable special permit for bobcat issued by the department.

(2) Requirements and procedures for obtaining a bobcat permit will be described in the department's annual hunting and trapping syllabus and on the department's website.

(3) The holder of a bobcat permit must comply with all conditions stated on the permit.