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Trapping Seasons

Sportswoman with harvested beaver caught in trap

Trapping seasons in New York State generally open in the fall and close in the winter or spring. View the maps below to see when and where you can trap wildlife.

Most trapping seasons are based on geographical units called Wildlife Management Units. For a detailed map showing these units see the Wildlife Recreation Map available from License Issuing Agents and at DEC Offices.

Detailed written descriptions of Wildlife Management Units.

Beaver Trapping Seasons

map showing beaver trapping seasons in new york state

Bobcat Trapping Seasons

Please note that you no longer need to obtain an additional Bobcat Harvest Expansion Area permit to trap bobcat in these areas (WMUs depicted in blue in the map below). The hunting/trapping activity log and submission of the carcass within the Harvest Expansion Area is also no longer required. A trapping license is still required to pursue bobcats during the open trapping season.

If you take a bobcat anywhere in New York State it must be tagged and sealed.

map showing bobcat trapping seasons in new york state

Fisher and Marten Trapping Seasons

If you take a fisher or marten you must complete a furbearer possession tag and get the pelt or unskinned animal sealed.

A free special permit is required for trapping marten. Please contact the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office in Warrensburg at 518-623-1240 to obtain a permit.

For fisher, you can download and print the 2021 Fisher Trapping Permit (PDF). This permit should be carried with you when trapping. If you do not have access to a printer, contact a DEC Regional Wildlife Office to get a permit or e-mail us.

To trap marten, please contact the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office in Warrensburg at 518-623-1240 to obtain a permit.

map showing fisher and marten trapping seasons in new york state

Mink and Muskrat Trapping Seasons

map showing mink and muskrat trapping seasons in new york state

Otter Trapping Seasons

If you take an otter, you must complete a furbearer possession tag and get the pelt or unskinned animal sealed.

map showing otter trapping seasons in new york state

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Skunk, Coyote, Opossum and Weasel Trapping Seasons

Reminder: When the fisher and marten season is closed in the Northern Zone, body-gripping traps set on land may not be set with bait or lure.

map showing raccoon, red fox, grey fox, skunk, coyote, opossum and weasel trapping seasons in new york state

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