Furharvesting

With abundant furbearer populations throughout most of Kansas, furharvesting opportunities abound. In fact, furbearers are probably one of our most under-utilized natural resources, and the benefits of their harvest are numerous. Furharvesting during the legal seasons serves as the primary means of furbearer population and damage control. Regulated harvest also provides generally rural participants with fur, meat and income in an environmentally friendly manner. Furharvesting is often considered a recreational pursuit, but as with hunting, "recreation" does not adequately describe the cultural and social importance of furharvesting in the lifestyles of many participants. Perhaps most importantly, furharvesting helps propogate an appreciation and respect for a group of species that are associated by many people only with the problems they sometimes cause.

Kansas Furbearer Guide (PDF 2.26 MB)
Furbearers

Furbearers are a diverse group of animals in Kansas, encompassing 6 families and consisting of 13 legally harvestable species including beaver, badger, bobcat, red fox, swift fox, gray fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, striped skunk, least weasel and long-tailed weasel. Though the coyote is not classified as a furbearer in Kansas, it is often associated with and monitored as if it were.

Regulations

The information in this Web site is a service to hunters. It has been prepared as a guide only. This is not a complete list of regulations. For more detailed legal information, contact the department's Law Enforcement Division. Complete regulations may also be viewed and printed online. Just click here.

License & Permits

LICENSES & FEES

A furharvester license is required to hunt, trap, or pursue (run) furbearers, or to sell their pelts unless exempt by Kansas law. A furharvester license is required to trap coyotes, and a hunting license is required to hunt them. The same license required to take coyotes is required to sell their pelts. Unlicensed, non-participating observers may accompany a licensed furharvester but may not assist in carrying or using equipment, controlling dogs, or otherwise assisting with furharvesting activities.

Persons under 16 years old may purchase a junior furharvester license at a discounted price.

Persons born on or after July 1, 1966 must complete the course before harvesting furbearers in the state on lands other than their own.

Furharvester: All Resident Furharvester Licenses can be purchased online or at any licensed agent.

  • Resident Furharvester: $20.50
  • Resident Junior Furharvester: $12.50
  • Nonresident Furharvester: $252.50

Fur Dealer Permits and Lifetime may only be purchased at the Pratt Operations Office .

Resident Fur Dealer: $102.50

Nonresident Fur Dealer: $402.50

Lifetime Furharvester (Resident only ): $442.50

Furharvester Education Certificate

Providing instruction concerning the ethical, safe and selective hunting, trapping and handling of furbearing animals and coyotes.

Furharvester ed patch

Persons born on or after July 1, 1966 must complete the course before harvesting furbearers in the state on lands other than their own.

The Kansas Furharvester Education course is offered in two formats: traditional instructor-led or online.

The instructor led course offers students a comprehensive manual, regulations, and advanced furharvesting publications. Note: A limited number of instructor led courses are offered throughout the year.

The no-cost online course replaces the formerly offered correspondence course. Students are required to work through a series of lessons teaching ethical and responsible furharvesting techniques, trap selection and maintenance and proper handling of harvested furbearers. Lessons discussing running hounds, hunting predators with and without hounds, field trials, night hunts and predator calling are also presented.

Quiz questions are presented throughout the course. Students must complete each lesson in sequence before being permitted to move to the next lesson or the final exam. Achieving a final exam score of 84% or better will result in receipt of the official furharvester education certificate of competency required by Kansas law and accepted by other states. You may take the final exam as often as needed to pass.

Click here to begin the Kansas Furharvester Education online course by creating your unique username and password which permit you to leave the course, come back to it at any time and pick up right where you left off.

For More Information

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Aaron Austin, Furharvester Education Coordinator
512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124
(620) 672-5911

Or use this Form to E-mail KDWPT.

Research Reports
Best Management Practices

As part of an effort to ensure the best traps are being used in trapping and furbearer management programs, trapping BMPs are being developed. BMPs are documents that identify techniques and traps that effectively address the welfare of trapped animals, while allowing for the efficient, selective, safe, and practical capture of furbearers.They are based on sound scientific studies of trap performance, and will be developed for each furbearer species in Kansas as a set of recommendations to be consulted by trappers and wildlife managers in the trap selection process. BMP’s are being developed by the Furbearer Resources Technical Work Group of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. For more information, visit www.furbearermgmt.org or contact the Emporia KDWP office.