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Follow these nine rules to reduce trap and fur stealing.

  • Tag all traps. In addition, mark your traps with your initials or a particular number.
  • Dye your traps, and try to camouflage your sets. If a thief cannot find them, he cannot steal them!
  • Do not brag about your catches. Keep your trapping locations a secret.
  • Keep track of your set locations on paper. (Your trapping journal is a good place to keep information and sketches showing the location of your sets.) Do not use flags to mark traps. If you must mark sets, use something natural, such as a stick.
  • Check your traps when no one else is around.
  • Do not make sets close to roadways or other places that have a lot of human activity.
  • Get to know the other trappers in the area. Look out for each other's sets. It is a violation to disturb the traps of another. If you see someone doing this, get a car or hunting license number and report it.
  • Ask landowners to keep their pets restrained.
  • Ask landowners to inform other hunters that traps are set on their property.
Checking a trap