Furbearer Trapping Requirements

Furbearer Trapping Requirements

Trapper Education Requirement

Effective August 1, 2007, any person who is trapping or attempting to trap furbearers under the authority of a Furbearer Permit must first obtain a certificate of trapper education, except that the certificate is not required if the person held a Furbearer Permit during the 2006-07 trapping season (prior to August 1, 2007). 

Furbearer Tagging Requirements

A permit is required to possess the meat or skinned carcass of a furbearer for more than 10 days after the season has closed. Permits can be obtained from the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP).

The pelt or unskinned carcasses of all otter and fisher harvested in Maryland must be tagged within 15 days after the season has closed. Otter and fisher pelt tags may be obtained by contacting local offices of either the DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service or Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP).

The pelts or unskinned carcasses of furbearers harvested in Maryland, and then transported across the state line must have a "Fur Shipping Tag" accompanying them. Click here to download and print a  "Fur Shipping Tag".  "Fur Shipping Tags" can also be obtained by contacting local offices of either the DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service or Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP).

Furbearer License Requirements

You obtain your non-resident trapping license in the same manner that you obtain your non-resident hunting license.

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