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Trapping Seasons in Ontario

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Trapping Seasons in Ontario

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Licensed trapping is a long standing tradition in Ontario that benefits communities and individuals throughout the province.

In Ontario, the trapping season for many species begins in October and runs until the spring, depending on the species and location. There are 18 furbearers that can be legally trapped in Ontario including species such as beaver, mink and red fox.

In order to participate in trapping activities, a trapper must:

  • be a resident of Ontario or Canadian citizen
  • possess a valid hunting version Outdoors Card (class H1)
  • complete a mandatory course and pass an examination 
  • use traps that are humane and meet international standards set out by the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards
  • have landowner permission to trap on private land or be assigned a trap line to trap on crown land, and
  • report their harvest.

Public safety and reducing the potential for conflicts between licensed trappers and users of recreational areas is a top priority. The province encourages all users to respect and share Ontario's natural spaces.

Trappers are trained and encouraged to set traps in ways that minimize potential capture of unintended animals, including pets. Pet owners also have a role to play in reducing conflict by preventing their pets from running at large in areas usually occupied by wildlife, as required under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

For more information on trapping, please visit http://www.ontario.ca/page/trapping-ontario.

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