Furbearer Seasons

Beaver, Otter Trapping
Date: 11/15/2023 - 03/31/2024
Location: Statewide

Otter Bag Limits and Management Units


Date: 01/01/2024 - 01/01/2025
Location: Statewide

Season Dates (statewide): All year
Season Limit: No limit

There is no closed season for trapping or hunting coyotes. Motor vehicles and radios in vehicles may be used to hunt coyotes only. Furharvester license is required to trap and sell; hunting license is required to hunt and sell.

Coyote - Night Vision Permit Season
Date: 01/01/2024 - 03/31/2024
Location: Statewide

Equipment: Artificial light, scopes and equipment that amplify visible light, and thermal imaging scopes and thermal imaging equipment may be used to hunt coyotes from Jan. 1 thru March 31 (use of this equipment is not permitted on department lands and waters, including WIHA, and may not be used in conjunction with the use of a vehicle);

Permit Required: Night Vision Equipment Permit required

Date: 03/01/2024 - 11/08/2024
Location: Statewide

Species: bobcat, red fox, and gray fox.

Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.

Extended Hunting and Trapping
Date: 04/03/2024 - 09/12/2024
Location: Statewide

Species: Raccoon, opossum

Furharvester license required.

Hunting and trapping by methods that are legal during the general furbearer season are allowed, except that only traps allowed during the extended season are cage or box traps and dog-proof (DP) foot encapsulating traps. Artificial light is prohibited except as permitted for taking treed or trapped furbearers during the general season.

Furbearer Hunting & Trapping
Date: 11/13/2024 - 02/28/2025
Location: Statewide

NOTE: All furbearer hunting, trapping, and running seasons begin at 12:00 a.m. on opening day and close at midnight of closing day.

Species: badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, swift fox, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk, weasel.