As the winter comes in and the deer hunting is coming to a close, many hunters are pressed for something to do. With fur prices increasing over the last few years many people turn to trapping as a means to fill their time. Trapping is a great tool to use for predator control and often yields much higher results than simply hunting. As with any hunting or fishing past time, certain regulations apply and must be followed to keep legal while in the field. In trapping, the regulations must be followed to prevent any animal suffering and to prevent to catch of non-target animals such as pets, deer, turkey, or other game.
Most furbearers have no bag limit and can be trapped for an extended period of time. This years trapping season began on November 11, 2013 at noon and will end on February 28, 2014 at midnight. Bobcat and River Otter are the only furbearers that have season bag limits. A trapper in Logan County is allowed 5 bobcats and 6 river otter. Otter and bobcats are just like big game animals in that they must be telechecked. They require a harvest log to be completed before the carcass is moved from the location in which it is trapped. Before midnight or before the hide or head are removed, the animal must be telechecked in accordance with the law. If a person plans to SELL or EXPORT INTERNATIONALLY a bobcat or otter fur, a CITES tag is required to be attached. These tags can be obtained by calling 1-800-858-1549. Once received, an instruction sheet included with the tags will explain proper attachment procedures for the tag.
Traps set in water have no restrictions on size or distance apart. Traps in all locations shall not be placed in trails where people or domesticated animals commonly travel. Dry land sets have a few restrictions to prevent taking non-target species and to prevent injuring people should they accidently encounter a trap. Traps on land shall not be set closer than 10 feet apart. The following traps are legal for use on dry land: deadfall traps, wire cage or box trap, foothold traps with a maximum inside jaw spread of 6 inches measured perpendicular to the hinges, body-gripping traps with an inside jaw spread of 7.5 inches measured parallel with the trigger, snares with a single piece closing device which is not powered or spring assisted.
Traps, regardless of location, must be equipped with a metal tag bearing the owners name and address or a unique ID number issued by Ky Fish and Wildlife AND the 1-800-25-ALERT phone number. All untagged traps will immediately be confiscated and forfeited as contraband. All traps MUST be visited every 24 hours AND all animals removed. Unless a captive wildlife permit is possessed, all animals trapped must be HARVESTED upon capture.
In the event an animal is incidentally trapped, this should be immediately be reported to Ky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 or contact your local officer Bryan Hill (Logan County) at 270-847-5145.
All trappers must have a trapping license. Landowner trapping license is available for $10 or statewide resident trapping license is available for $20.