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Furbearer Regulations

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A trapping license is required to trap any furbearer including bobcat, fox, otter, mink, beaver and muskrat. Trapping licenses/fees are listed on Tags & Stamp Fees. See Areas Closed to Hunting & Trapping for a complete list of areas closed to trapping.

Note: The following species can be hunted without a hunting license in Nevada, but a trapping license is required to trap them: Coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit, badger, weasel, spotted skunk, striped skunk, raccoon and ring-tailed cat. Any person of any age who sells raw furs of any kind, whether taken by trap or by firearm, is required to purchase a trapping license.

Furbearer Questionnaire

The Nevada furbearer harvest questionnaire can be found online in May of each year at ndowlicensing.com. This questionnaire must be completed by May 31st. Any person who obtains a trapping license must complete the questionnaire whether or not they harvested or participated in any furbearer harvest activities. Failure to submit your questionnaire will result in suspension of trapping privileges for one year.

 

Furbearer Seasons and Limits

Species

Season

Open Area

Special Regulations

Beaver, Muskrat and Mink

Oct. 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020

Statewide

Open to Nonresidents

Otter*

Oct. 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing

Counties closed to otter trapping:

Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine

Open to Nonresidents

Kit and Red Fox

Oct. 1, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020

Statewide

Open to Nonresidents

Bobcat

Nov. 1, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020

Statewide

Closed to Nonresidents

Gray Fox

Nov. 1, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020

Statewide

Closed to Nonresidents

* Special Regulations: If an otter is accidentally trapped or killed in those counties which are closed or outside the prescribed season, the person trapping or killing it shall report the trapping or killing within 48 hours to a representative of the Department of Wildlife. The animal must be disposed of in accordance with the instructions of the representative.

Bobcat Pelt Sealing Dates

City

Dates

Carson City Dec. 27 ( 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at NDOW Warehouse on corner of South Carson and Colorado St.
Elko Jan. 14, Feb. 6 and March 10 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Ely Jan. 16 (8 a.m. – Noon) and Feb. 20 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Eureka Jan. 15 (noon – 4 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Fallon Jan. 22 and March 10 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at NDOW Office

February 28, 29 and March 1, 2020 (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.) at Nevada Trappers Association Fallon Fur Sale

Las Vegas Jan. 22 and Feb. 12 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and March 10 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Panaca Jan. 31 and March 10 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Nevada State Parks – NDOW Office
Tonopah Feb. 4 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and March 10 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at NDOW Office
Winnemucca Jan. 23 ( 8 a.m. – noon) at NDOW Office

“Trapping,” “Trapped” and “To Trap” Defined

The words “to trap” and their derivatives, “trapping” and “trapped,” mean to set or operate any device, mechanism or contraption that is designed, built or made to close upon or hold fast any animal and every act of assistance to any person in so doing.

(Refer to NRS 501.090)

Trapping License Required; Unlawful to Remove or Disturb Trap of Licensee

  1. Every person who takes furbearing mammals by trap, snare or similar device or unprotected mammals by trapping or sells raw furs for profit shall procure a trapping license.
  2. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, it is unlawful to remove or disturb the trap, snare or similar device of any holder of a trapping license while the trap, snare or similar device is being legally used by the holder on public land or on land where the holder has permission to trap.
  3. A person may:
    1. Remove or disturb a trap, snare or similar device if the trap, snare or similar device creates an immediate risk of physical injury or death to any person or animal accompanying a person.
    2. Release any person or animal accompanying a person from a trap, snare or similar device in which the person or animal is caught.

(Refer to NRS 503.454)

Manner of Hunting Furbearing Mammals

It is unlawful for any person at any time to hunt any furbearing mammal in any manner other than by trap, gun or bow and arrow. You can take furbearers by gun/bow with only a hunting license, but you will need a trapping license to sell pelts.

(Refer to NRS 503.450)

Steel Leghold Traps: Definitions

  1. “Bait” means the flesh, fur, hide, viscera or feathers of any animal.
  2. “Exposed bait” means bait, any portion of which is visible from any angle.
  3. “Trap” means any device designed, built or made to close upon, contain, confine, or hold fast any wild mammal or wild bird.

(Refer to NAC 503.153)

Steel Leghold Traps: Spacers

All steel leg hold traps of size number 2 or larger or with an outside jaw spread of 5½ inches or larger used in the taking of any wildlife must have lugs, spacers or similar devices permanently attached so as to maintain a minimum trap opening of three-sixteenths (3/16″) of an inch.

(Refer to NAC 503.155)

Steel Leghold Traps: Use of Bait

  1. It is unlawful for a person to:
    1. Place, set or maintain a steel leghold trap within 30 feet of exposed bait;
    2. Capture a mammal or raptor with a steel leghold trap that is placed, set or maintained within 30 feet of exposed bait; or
    3. Use any part of a game mammal, game bird, game fish, game amphibian or protected species of wildlife for bait.
  2. A person using bait is responsible if it becomes exposed for any reason.
  3. As used in this section, raptor means any species of the order Falconiformes or Strigiformes that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of July 3, 1918, as amended, 16 U.S.C §§ 703 et seq.

(Refer to NAC 503.157)

Hunting with a Dog

It is unlawful to hunt, chase or pursue any fur-bearing mammal with a dog except during the open season and under the authority of a trapping license.

Department May Obtain Data From Trappers

If a trapper obtains a trapping license and the Department requests a questionnaire or form to be filled out and returned, whether the trapper trapped or not, the trapper shall complete and return the questionnaire or form by May 31.

Failure to return the questionnaire or form within that period or submit false information the Commission can suspend the trappers trapping license for a period of 1 year.

(Refer to NAC 503.160)

Bobcats: Miscellaneous Requirements; Prohibited Acts; Fee for Seal

  1. Bobcat trapping is closed to nonresidents.
  2. Any bobcat killed must be personally presented by the person who harvested the bobcat to the Department for inspection and shall have the bobcat seal affixed to the pelt within 10 days after the close of the season.
  3. The lower jaw must be saved and given to a representative of the department when pelts are brought in.
  4. The person must complete a bobcat harvest report form in accordance with the Departments instruction.
  5. A bobcat pelt cannot be sold, bartered, traded, purchased, transfer ownership, tanned, shipped out of state or be transported from the state without a seal affixed on the pelt.
  6. During the bobcat season, the entire unskinned carcass or a pelt that has not been stretched, dried or cured can be taken from this State, without the seal being affixed to the pelt, for the purpose of returning to the person’s residence within the State by the most expedient route.
  7. A person shall not possess a bobcat pelt 10 days or more after the close of the season without a Department seal affixed to the pelt.
  8. Each seal costs $5.
  9. Only Nevada harvested bobcats may be presented for sealing.

(Refer to NAC 502.347)

Trapping Within 200 Feet of Public Road or Highway

  1. For the purposes of this section, “public road or highway” means:
    1. A highway designated as a United States highway.
    2. A highway designated as a state highway pursuant to the provisions of NRS 408.285.
    3. A main or general county road as defined by NRS 403.170.
  2. It is unlawful for any person, company or corporation to place or set any trap, snare or similar device used for the purpose of trapping mammals within 200 feet of any public road or highway within this State.
  3. This section does not:
    1. Prevent the placing or setting of any trap, snare or similar device inside, along or near a fence which may be situated less than 200 feet from any public road or highway upon privately owned lands.
    2. Apply to placing or setting a trap, snare or similar device by an employee or agent of the Department.

(Refer to NRS 503.580)

Note: Certain areas are closed to trapping. Please see Areas Closed to Hunting & Trapping for more information.

Trapping in a Congested Area

  1. Trapping is prohibited, other than with a box or cage trap, within ½ mile of a residence in a congested area of Washoe and Clark counties.
  2. Congested area is an area of a county in which discharge of firearms is prohibited; or the area within the boundaries of an incorporated city in the county.
  3. This regulation does not pertain to a person trapping on private property or a person trapping in a waterway that is not within an incorporated city. A “waterway” is any river, stream, canal or channel that contains water, including the banks and bed of any such river, stream, canal or channel.

(Refer to NAC 503.165)

Bears or mountain lions

If a bear or mountain lion is trapped or accidentally killed, within 48 hours of trapping or killing it, the person shall report the trapping or killing to a representative of the Department. (Refer to NAC 502.373 and Refer to NAC 502.370)

Trap Registration

Each trap, snare, or similar device used to take wild mammals must either be stamped with the trapper’s name and address or registered with the Department. Each registered trap snare or similar device must bear a number which is assigned by the Department and is clearly stamped on the trap, snare, or similar device or on a metal tag that is attached to the trap, snare, or similar device. There is a $5 fee for each trap, snare, or similar device registered with the Department. If a trap, snare, or similar device is not registered with the Department, it must have the name and address of the person who owns the trap, snare, or similar device clearly stamped on the trap, snare, or similar device, or on a metal tag that is attached to the trap, snare, or similar device. These registration provisions do not apply to a trap, snare, or similar device used exclusively on private property which is posted or fenced in accordance with NRS 207.200.

(Refer to NRS 503.452 and NAC 503.150)