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Trapping In New Jersey

 

TRAPPER EDUCATION COURSES
Courses offered in April and September/October

Hackettstown Fish Hatchery (Warren County)
September 21 and 22

Tuckahoe WMA, Lenape Farms Section (Atlantic County)
October 12 and 13

Hackettstown Fish Hatchery (Warren County)
October 19 and 20

Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Range 14 (Burlington County)
October 24 (evening) and October 27

Classes are held rain or shine and students must be prepared to be outside the entire time.
Bring a pencil, pliers, and a lunch; wear hip boots. All other materials provided.
Students must attend both days of the two-day class.
Register Online

2018 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey
Furbearer Management Newsletters

GENERAL INFORMATION

Modern, regulated trapping is used to manage habitat, monitor and control animal populations, protect and reintroduce endangered species, protect public and private property and conduct research. It is a technique for sustainable, consumptive use of the wildlife resource. Young trapper with beaver In New Jersey there are trapping seasons for beaver, otter, mink, muskrat, eastern coyote, fox, opossum, raccoon, skunk and weasel.

In New Jersey, a Trapper Education course must be passed and a trapping license obtained to trap in the state. To use a snare a person must first pass a Fish and Wildlife-approved trapper education course which includes use of snares and carry on their person appropriate documentation thereof. A person must be at least 12 years of age. When offered, course announcements will be posted on this page (March/April and September - October).

All traps set or used must bear a legible tag of durable material with the name and address or Conservation Identification Number (CID#) of the person setting, using and maintaining the traps. Trappers previously assigned a Fish and Wildlife-issued trap identification number may continue to use their assigned number in lieu of name and address or CID to mark each trap. However, please note that the Division has ceased this practice and will no longer be issuing trap identification numbers.

All traps must be checked and tended at least once every 24 hours, preferably in the morning. When trapping beaver or otter, the trap tag must be clearly visible above the level of water or ice. Any person (including a farmer) who traps a coyote must notify a Division law enforcement office within 24 hours. Licensed trappers at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid rifle permit may carry a .22 caliber rifle, and use only .22 caliber short rimfire cartridges to kill legally trapped animals

A lottery is held for the awarding of beaver and otter permits. The application period is October 1-31 each year; unclaimed and leftover permits are then sold over-the-counter at licence agents and online.

For more information please consult the appropriate section(s) of the Fish and Wildlife Digest.

2018-2019 TRAPPING SEASON

arrow 2019-2020 Trapping Season Summary (pdf, 745kb)
arrow 2019-2020 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet Available In September
arrow Beaver and Otter Management Zone Map - Low Resolution (jpg, 100kb) High Resolution (jpg, 900kb)
arrow Beaver and Otter Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 26kb)

NEWSLETTERS

The DFW Upland Game and Furbearer Project began publication of the NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter with the Fall 2011 issue. Newsletters are published periodically and contain information about the state's furbearing species, management, research and other items of interest to the trapping community.

arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring-Summer 2019 (pdf, 1.0mb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2018-2019 (pdf, 455kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2018 (pdf, 470kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2017 (pdf, 1.0mb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2017 (pdf, 455kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2016-2017 (pdf, 400kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2016 (pdf, 1.1mb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2016 (pdf, 265kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2015-2016 (pdf, 345kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2015 (pdf, 725kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2015 (pdf, 200kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2014-2015 (pdf, 230kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2014 (pdf, 140kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2014 (pdf, 215kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2013-2014 (pdf, 135kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2013 (pdf, 73kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2013 (pdf, 335kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2012-2013 (pdf, 82kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2012 (pdf, 122kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Spring 2012 (pdf, 70kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Winter 2012 (pdf, 600kb)
arrow NJ Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2011 (pdf, 170kb)

SURVEYS and HARVEST DATA

arrow Fur Trapping Harvest Summary, 1973-2018 (pdf, 95kb)
 
arrow 2018 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 295kb)
arrow 2013-14 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 180kb)
arrow 2012-13 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 59kb)
arrow 2011-12 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 58kb)
arrow 2010-11 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 63kb)
arrow 2009-10 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 59kb)
arrow 2008-09 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 57kb)
arrow 2007-08 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 63kb)
arrow 2006-07 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 67kb)
arrow 2005-06 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 61kb)
arrow 2004-05 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 66kb)
arrow 2003-04 NJ Trapper Harvest, Recreational and Economic Survey (pdf, 42kb)

ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow How to Avoid the Capture of Bobcats While Trapping Other Furbearers
arrow How to Avoid Capturing Otter When Trapping Beaver (pdf, 36kb)
arrow Division Seeking Assistance from Trappers on Fisher Population
arrow Bobcat, Fisher and Nutria Occurrence Form (pdf, 115kb)
arrow Beaver/Otter Sighting Report Form (pdf, 18kb)
 
arrow Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation (The NE Furbearer Resources Technical Committee and The NE Section of The Wildlife Society, pdf, 3.0mb)
arrow North American Fur Auctions
    NAFA Pelt Handling Manual (pdf)
arrow Fur Primeness Chart (.jpg)
arrow New Jersey Fur Harvesters
arrow From marsh to your mouth: Muskrat dinner tradition kept alive in N.J. (nj.com, 2/2/16)
 
arrow Regulations
arrow Illustrations of Leghold/Foothold Traps
arrow Coyotes in New Jersey
arrow Foxes in New Jersey
arrow Small Game Information
arrow Hunter Education
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Forms
 
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Last Updated: August 21, 2019