How to trap

Pheasant huntersRegulated trapping plays an important role in the ecology and conservation of Minnesota’s furbearers – mammals harvested primarily for their fur.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages and regulates trapping to ensure trapping activities are safe, efficient and practical. Trapping is allowed only for abundant wildlife and is conducted as humanely as possible.

When to trap
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09/18/21 - 02/28/22Rabbit, Cottontail & Snowshoe HareStatewide
09/18/21 - 02/28/22Rabbit, JackStatewide
09/18/21 - 02/28/22Squirrel, Gray & FoxStatewide
10/16/21 - 03/15/22BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/16/21 - 03/15/22Fox, Gray & RedNorth furbearer zone
10/16/21 - 03/15/22OpossumNorth furbearer zone
10/16/21 - 03/15/22RaccoonNorth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 03/15/22BadgerSouth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 05/15/22BeaverNorth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 03/15/22Fox, Gray & RedSouth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 02/28/22MinkNorth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 02/28/22MuskratNorth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 03/15/22OpossumSouth furbearer zone
10/23/21 - 03/15/22RaccoonSouth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 05/15/22BeaverSouth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 02/28/22MinkSouth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 02/28/22MuskratSouth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 01/23/22OtterNorth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 01/23/22OtterSouth furbearer zone
12/18/21 - 01/23/22BobcatNorth of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10
10/15/22 - 03/15/23BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/22/22 - 03/15/23BadgerSouth furbearer zone
Where to trap

You can trap on many types of public land including state Wildlife Management Areas and county, state and national forests. You can trap private land too if you have permission from the landowner or if it is forested land where permission is not necessary unless posted closed to hunting. Use the DNR Recreation Compassto view the location of various types of public hunting land. To learn about trapping on private land, learn about trespassing.

How to trap

Trapping is highly regulated and techniques vary by species. Most people learn how to trap by attending a trapper education course. In fact, persons born after Dec. 31, 1989, who have not been issued a trapping license in a previous license year may not obtain a trapping license without a trapper education certificate. The Minnesota Trappers Association conducts trapper education courses statewide, free of charge to the participants, and issue certificates that satisfy this requirement.

Contact the MTA at for class information. These courses include a mandatory field training portion that must be completed before certification. Please plan to take the course well in advance of the fur trapping season.


You will learn what gear you need during your trapper education course.

What's important to know
Trapping is highly regulated. Click here to view current trapping regulations.
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