Trapping & Furbearers


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

This section of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources web site focuses specifically on regulated trapping as a beneficial way to manage Minnesota furbearers. Minnesota DNR manages and regulates trapping. DNR ensures that trapping activities are safe, efficient and practical. In this manner, trapping provide recreational and economic opportunities for Minnesota residents while helping to maintain a balance between the needs of people and wildlife.

Trapping is highly regulated. Trapping is controlled through strict, scientifically based regulations. Minnesota conservation officers enforce these regulations.

Trapping is allowed only for abundant wildlife. Regulated trapping does not cause wildlife to become endangered.

Trapping benefits people and wildlife. Regulated trapping provides many benefits to society, especially to maintain a balance between wildlife and people.

Trapping is as humane as possible. Minnesota DNR continually reviews and develops rules, regulations and education programs to ensure that trapping isas humane as possible.

Trappers care about wildlife. Trappers support wildlife laws and regulations because they care about the welfare of wildlife. Through license fees, equipment and trip-related expenditures, trappers – along with hunters – contribute nearly $500 million annually to the state's economy.