Regulations and Seasons
Trapping in Missouri is carefully regulated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Wildlife laws only allow people to trap mammals that are common or abundant. These laws make sure that even though some animals may be trapped every year, their populations will remain healthy.
Careful regulation of trapping and the use of trapping as a tool for research and management enables the Missouri Department of Conservation to successfully manage Missouri's wildlife in a manner that is safe, wise and humane.
Trappers can choose from a variety of permits and pick the ones that best fit their needs.
To take, possess and transport wildlife and to sell furbearers taken by hunting or trapping you will need, unless otherwise exempted, one or more of the following:
- Resident Trapping Permit
- Resident Fur Handlers Permit
- Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit
Get the list of species and range of prices at Missouri's 2012 furbearer auction.
Get Missouri fur-harvest comparisons, auction prices, furbearer-population and harvest trends and research-project info.
View record-weight furbearers, and let us know if you think you've trapped a record-breaking furbearer.
There is something very rewarding about formulating a lure for a species of animal and finding that it works. It is something similar to a trout fisherman tying his own flies and catching trout on them.
The fur industry in North America has been a major factor in the exploration and settling of our country. When the first settlers arrive on the eastern coast of the United States in the early 1600s, they trapped for food, clothing, and to protect their crops and livestock.
A key to successful trapping is to use the correct trap for the job. A trap should be large, powerful and fast enough to catch the coyote that activates it.
Unlike snares on land, cable restraints capture and hold animals alive and without significant injuries, and can be used safely in areas where other traps may pose problems for pets and other animals.