Otter and Muskrat Regulations

Otter and Muskrat Regulations

Valid Permits

  • Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit
  • Trapping Permit

Season & Limits

Otters and Muskrats (Trapping)

Primary Season:
Fri, 11/15/2013 - Thu, 02/20/2014
Daily Limit: Any number
Possesion Limit: Any number

Additional Information

Attention Fur Handlers

The Resident Fur Handlers Permit has been rescinded. Hunters and trappers with valid permits that allow the taking of furbearers may now possess, transport and sell furs throughout the year. Note: Only pelts taken by the permit holder may be possessed, and pelts sold within Missouri to a fur dealer or buyer must be fleshed, stretched and dried.

Notification Requirement

Otters or their pelts must be delivered to an agent of the Conservation Department for registration or tagging before selling, transferring, tanning or mounting by April 10. Tagged otters or their pelts may be possessed by the taker throughout the year and may be sold only to licensed taxidermists, tanners or fur dealers. It is illegal to purchase or sell untagged otters or their pelts.

Tagging tip: To make it easier to tag a pelt without damaging it, put a pencil or stick through the upper lip and eye socket before freezing the skin. The tag can be easily placed in those holes when the pelt is registered.

Detailed Regulations: