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2006-2007 Beaver & Otter Trapping Regulations and Permit Information


Permits obtained from the Division of Fish and Wildlife are required to trap beaver and/or otter. The trapping season for beaver and otter is December 26, 2006 - February 9, 2007 inclusive. The application period is October 1 - October 31, 2006. Beaver Permits cost a total of $17.00 ($15.00 permit fee and $2.00 application fee). There is only a $2.00 application fee for Otter Permits. Applicants who elect to have their permits mailed to them will have an addition fee applied.

A random drawing will be held to determine permit holders. Beaver permit holders will be given first opportunity for otter permits in their respective zones. Unclaimed permits may be issued over-the-counter. Only one application per person may be submitted and applicants must provide their trapping license number.

Site-Specific Beaver Permits: Applicants may apply for one Site-Specific Beaver Permit. The total number of permits available shall not exceed 20. Site-specific Permits will be issued for specific locations or properties where the Division has determined that beaver damage or nuisance problems exist.

A random drawing will be held to determine permit holders; however, applicants unsuccessful in obtaining the special permit through the random drawing will be given first opportunity. Permits will be valid only during the special beaver, trapping season.

Bag and Trap Limits: The season limit for beaver trapping is 8 beaver per permit and 10 beaver per Site-Specific permit. Each beaver trapper shall be restricted to a maximum of five traps. Holders of both a regular Permit and a Site-Specific Permit may use five additional traps per Site-Specific Permit provided they are used only on the property or site specified in the Site-Specific Permit.

The season limit for otter trapping is one otter (regardless of the number of permits). Each otter trapper is restricted to a maximum of three traps. Otter Permits, Beaver Permits and Site-Specific Beaver Permits are valid only in the zone or site designated and are not transferable from person to person.

Please refer to page 64 of the 2006 Hunting Digest for trapping regulations and information.

Permit quotas will be listed below before the application period opens. Links to the Beaver/Otter Zone Map and Beaver and Otter Management Zone Descriptions are also below.

Beaver and Otter Management Zone Map - Low Resolution (jpg, 100kb) High Resolution (jpg, 900kb)
Beaver and Otter Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 17kb)

Permit quotas are listed below.

Zone Beaver
Portions of Counties Involved
1 8 7 Sussex
2 16 7 Sussex
3 9 2 Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex
4 7 3 Sussex, Warren
5 12 2 Sussex, Warren
6 20 9 Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren
7 9 3 Essex, Morris, Passaic
8 8 6 Ocean
9 7 3 Burlington, Ocean
10 8 4 Atlantic, Burlington, Camden
11 6 5 Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean
12 3 2 Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester
13 10 14 Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland
14 2 7 Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem
15 2 12 Cumberland, Salem
16 6 4 Atlantic, Burlington
17 5 2 Atlantic
18 3 5 Atlantic, Cape May
19 7 1 Hunterdon, Morris, Warren
20 3 1 Hunterdon, Morris
21 1 0 Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset
22 1 0 Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union
23 1 0 Bergen, Hudson, Passaic
24 3 0 Hunterdon, Mercer, Somerset
25 5 0 Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset
26 1 1 Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth
27 1 1 Monmouth, Ocean
28 8 0 Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth
29 8 0 Burlington, Camden, Gloucester
30 6 5 Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem
Total 186 106  

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