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Beaver Trapping regulaTions
Season: Dec. 26-March 31, 2015
In WMUs 1A, 1B & 3C (Combined), 20 daily, 40 per season
In WMUs 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 3A, 3B, 3D, 5C & 5D (Combined), 20 daily, 20 per season
In WMUs 2G, 2H, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A & 5B (Combined), 5 daily, 5 per season
Trapping Methods: In addition to general trapping regulations, it is unlawful to: 1) destroy, disturb or interfere with a beaver
dam or house; 2) use other than raw, native wood and stone materials to direct the travel of beavers (man-made materials
may be used only to support traps or snares); 3) place, check, reset or tend a trap or snare on an established beaver dam
or beaver house, or within 15 feet of either a dam or a house. Measurement shall be from directly above the trap or snare,
across the water, ice or land to the nearest point of the structure; 4) set, tend or operate more than a combined statewide
total of 20 traps or snares, no more than 10 of which may be traps. No more than two of the traps may be body-gripping
traps, except in WMUs 1A, 1B & 3C where the two body-gripping trap limit does not apply; 5) check or maintain a beaver
trap, or remove a beaver unless the person who owns the trap is present; 6) set body-gripping traps larger than 10 inches
tall by 12 inches wide.
A legal snare for beaver trapping must be looped galvanized or stainless stranded steel cable 3/32 inches in diameter, equipped
with a mechanical sliding metal release lock. A metal ferrule shall be crimped on the cable to prevent the snare loop from
closing to a circumference less than seven inches. It is unlawful to equip snares with a spring-activating mechanism or any
device designed to aid in closing the snare loop. Snares used for taking beavers must be set completely or partially submerged
in water within a waterway, watercourse, marsh, pond or dam. There must be one durable identification tag attached to each
trap or snare by means of an extension wire of sufficient length so that the name tag or identification number is completely
above the water or ice level and totally visible. The tag must list the owner's first and last name and legal home address, or
a number issued by the Commission.
Season Limit: Trappers may legally take up to 65 beavers with the combined harvest in multiple Wildlife Management
Units in a season. When trapping in multiple WMUs, a trapper may set or tend up to 10 traps, up to 20 snares, and not
more than a total of 20 devices statewide. Beavers or pelts do not need to be tagged.
Relative harvest & Wildlife
nuisance complaint Management
Unit
density

Combined
Bag Limit
(daily/season)

Body-gripping
trap Limit
10

High

1A, 1B, 3C

20/40

Medium

2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F,
3A, 3B, 3D, 5C & 5D

20/20

Low

2G, 2H, 4A-E, 5A & 5B 5/5

2

Trap placement Trap/
near lodges or Snare
dams
Limit
15-foot
restriction
statewide

Up to 10
traps;
up to 20
snares;
20 total
devices
statewide

Season
dates

Dec. 26March 31
Statewide

Beaver bag limit per season

5
20
40

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