Trapping Is a Privilege
Furbearers are a public resource. Through laws and regulations, the public permits the harvest of some furbearers. But, harvesting is a privilege given to trappers. It is not an individual right.
- Thousands of people trap each year. However, this number is only a small fraction of the country's total citizens. In most states, non-trapping citizens can remove the privilege to trap if the public believes trapping is inhumane or a threat to the furbearer wildlife resource.
- Some states have made trapping a group right. This helps protect trapping for future generations. Even in these states, trapping is a privilege for each individual. This privilege can be taken away if you violate the law.
- Because trapping is an individual privilege that can be removed, trappers must follow the law. To be accepted by the general public and other trappers, you also must follow a code of behavior called ethics.
By following a code of ethics, you will help protect the privilege to trap by trapping responsibly. To be a responsible trapper, you should show respect toward five key groups:
- The furbearer and other wildlife
- The public
- Hunters and other outdoor users
- Other trappers