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Thousands of people trap. Millions of people enjoy other outdoor activities. Make sure you behave responsibly toward other outdoor users.

  • Ask landowners if others might be on their property during trapping season. Take steps to avoid conflicts with other land users.
  • Do not set traps in areas where hunters are likely to be hunting with dogs.
  • Check traps early in the morning to remove animals before they might be found by dogs or people.
  • Wear hunter orange to ensure hunters can see you and identify you as a person.

Respect Other Trappers

Respect other trappers
  • Never move another trapper's sets. It is against the law to take another trapper's catch. Even if you are trying to help, you actually may be hurting the other trapper's chances.
  • Go out of your way to avoid another trapper's sets. Any human scent you leave could discourage furbearers from approaching the trap.
  • Respect another trapper's territory. Do not set a trap where someone already has a trapline. Your extra trapping activity may reduce the likelihood of success for both of you. It also would be poor sportsmanship.
  • Teach new trappers. Join a state or national trapping group, both to learn from others and to share your knowledge.
  • Follow the Code of Ethics for Responsible Trapping. The best way to protect the privilege to trap is to maintain a good public image by following your code of ethics at all times.