Season runs through Nov. 1; firearms may not be possessed

Although beaver trapping season runs through March 31, all other Kansas trapping seasons are over for the winter. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds hound enthusiasts that the furbearer running season begins March 1. This is the time for furbearer hunters and their dogs to hone skills necessary during the furbearer hunting seasons.

During the running season, no furbearer may be legally killed or taken. In addition, it is illegal for runners to possess any firearm or other weapon while pursuing furbearers during the running season. Legal hours for running furbearers are 24 hours daily, and a furharvester license is required. The running season is open through Nov. 1.

Furbearers may also be run during the open furbearer hunting seasons, which coincide with trapping seasons.

KDWP also reminds furharvesters that legally acquired live furbearers may be kept only through the last day of the season (Feb. 15). All furbearers (except bobcats and swift fox) must be skinned within 48 hours of the close of the season. Raw pelts may not be kept past the dates below. (Any pelt that has not been tanned, including those stretched and dried are considered raw.)

Raw pelt possession deadlines are as follow:

  • Beaver -- April 30;
  • Raccoon, red and gray fox, and opossum -- Feb. 29; and
  • Other furbearers -- March 16.

Exceptions may be granted by special permit. Bobcat and swift fox pelts with export tags, and coyotes, may be possessed for an unlimited time. More information on furbearering animals and furharvesting is available here.