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Many landowners welcome responsible trappers. For example, a landowner whose chicken house is being raided by mink would welcome your traps. Just remember that you are a guest when you are on someone else's land. Use good manners!

Respect landowners
Contact the landowner while wearing street clothes and well in advance of when you wish to trap.
  • Always ask landowners for permission to trap on private land.
    • This responsibility is a legal requirement, as well as a matter of common sense.
    • Breaking this rule could lead to arrest for trespassing, a loss of traps, and/or a loss of any catch.
  • Do not set your traps where non-target animals, such as pets, are likely to find them.
  • Avoid the use of baits and lures that attract non-target animals.
  • Let the landowner know where your traps are set to help prevent accidents.
  • Release non-target animals quickly and carefully.
  • Return any trapped pets to their owners, or notify the owner quickly.
  • Leave all gates as you found them (open or closed).

How To Ask Landowners for Permission

  • Make contact well ahead of the trapping season.
  • Wear street clothes—no trapping gear or firearms.
  • Don't bring companions—a "crowd" could be intimidating.
  • Be polite, even if permission is denied. Your courtesy may affect the outcome of future requests.