Trapping & Furbearers

Special requirements for 2020-21 fur registration

Furbearer registration events are Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. During the hours indicated on pages 55 and 56 of the hunting regulations, trappers may register their pelts and submit carcasses and heads at designated DNR offices without an appointment. Trappers may also register furs by appointment before those dates, and are advised to call well in advance to ensure that DNR staff will be available. At the stations, a DNR staff member will answer questions, and collect pelts, carcasses and any necessary coupons and forms at the trapper's vehicle.

Requirements at the station

  • Wear a mask during the registration process.
  • Remain in vehicle upon arriving.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet if asked to leave your vehicle. DNR staff may refuse service to members of the public who do not follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Complete the fur registration form in advance.
  • The form requires the township and range of harvest locations. Harvesters can find that information using the DNR Recreation Compass by zooming in to the harvest location and left clicking  or tapping the location. A pop-up window will appear with the township and range numbers in the second line (appears in this format: T29R22S32).
  • If you cannot complete the registration form in advance, contact your local DNR wildlife office for assistance so you have the information necessary when you arrive to register your furs.

Regulated trapping plays an important role in the ecology and conservation of Minnesota's furbearers - mammals that are hunted and trapped primarily for fur. Read more...

Reminder: Trappers must present the heads and pelts of fisher and pine marten as well as the entire carcass of each bobcat when registering furbearers this year.

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Mandatory Trapper Education: Persons born after Dec. 31, 1989, who have not been issued a trapping license in a previous year may not obtain a trapping license without a trapper education certificate. The Minnesota Trappers Association conducts free trapper education courses statewide and issues certificates that satisfy this requirement. More information about trappers education courses is online at the Minnesota Trappers Association web site.

Trapper Resources

Reports and surveys

All files are in PDF

Fur Harvest Reports:

Trapper Surveys: