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!
- 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.