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Trapping seasons

Find trapping season for different furbearers, plus harvest reporting information.

Click here for more information about trapping regulations.

2018 season date

Species

Open Season

Bobcat1,2, coyote1, fox1, weasel

Nov. 1 – Nov. 30

Fisher1

Nov. 1 – Nov. 22

Mink1, river otter1

Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

Beaver1

Jan. 1 – April 15

Nov. 1 – April 15, 2019

Muscrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28

Nov. 1 – Feb. 28, 2019

1 – pelt sealing required

2 – bobcats may only be trapped in zones 1-8

 

Harvest reporting (pelt checking)

Harvest reporting rules for bobcat and otter

Bobcat and otter must be checked within 4 working days of the end of the season at a physical check station. Bobcats and otters cannot be reported online. The seal you receive from the check station must remain attached to the pelt until the pelt/carcass is prepared for mounting or the pelt is sold or tanned.  Click here for a list of furbearer check stations.

Harvest reporting rules for beaver, coyote, fisher, fox, or mink.

You must report harvested  beaver, coyote, fisher, fox, mink within 4 working days of the end of their respective seasons.

2 ways to report:
  • Use MassFishHunt to report a harvest online
    You will get a confirmation number after completion. You must write this number on a harvest tag of your own making, which should still be attached to your game. Confirmation numbers must remain attached until the pelt/carcass is prepared for mounting or the pelt is sold or tanned.
  • Take your harvested game to an official check station. Click here for a list of furbearer check stations. The seal you receive from the check station must remain attached to the pelt until the pelt/carcass is prepared for mounting or the pelt is sold or tanned.

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