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Mandatory Trapper Education

All first-time trappers must successfully complete the free Trapper Education Class before they obtain a trap registration number or trap on the land of another. Trapper Education is run through the Hunter Education Program, 978-772-0693.Trapping is allowed for person ages 12 and older.

Trapping Logs for Trappers

Each year, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife requests trappers assistance by providing information on trapping activities for the regulated trapping seasons. Massachusetts' trappers have been very generous sharing their activities during past harvest seasons. Contribute to the management of our furbearers in Massachusetts by completing a furbearer survey sent to all trappers. The survey not only allows the Division to obtain a better understanding of trapper effort on specific species, but also makes it possible to compare the results of our survey with that of other northeastern states. This helps biologists identify trends in furbearer populations and trapper effort both within Massachusetts and the entire northeast region.

To aid in providing better information for the survey, a trap log (below) has been designed and posted for trappers to download and fill out as they trap during the season. This information will assist in filling out the survey at the end of the trapping season.

Blank Trap Log pdf format of trapping_trap_log_blank.pdf -- Download this page and fill it out using the instructions provided.

Trap Log Example pdf format of trapping_trap_log_example.pdf -- See this example on how to fill out the trap log.

Questions? Please contact Laura Conlee, Furbearer Biologist at (508) 389-6322.


Bobcat Reminder:

Bobcats must be checked and sealed within 4 working days of the end of the season--the same as for all other furbearers.

Annual Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Guide - Contains information on seasons, laws, directories and other articles of interest to sportsmen and women.

Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Information - This links you to more information on hunting, trapping, and fishing in Massachusetts.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) For Trapping -- BMPs are a method for improving trapping activities that are based on research and allow for practical application in the complex situations often encountered in the field. BMPs have been used successfully in conservation activities such as water quality programs and in forest management. The program aims to evaluate animal welfare, identify efficient tools and techniques, and develop recommendations for state fish and wildlife agencies to consider as an element of their wildlife management programs.