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Michigan Fur Harvester Rules
Trappers are legally required to check traps set in a manner to hold animals alive at least once each day in Zones 2 and 3 and at least once within each 48hour period in Zone 1. It is highly recommended that trappers in Zone 1 check traps daily.
Centerfire or rimfire rifles may be used Dec. 1 - Nov. 9 in the limited firearm deer zone during the seasons for all species open to take with firearm. See pg. 48 for nighttime furbearer regulation restrictions.
From Nov. 15-30, a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or handgun may be used to kill a raccoon while hunting raccoons with dogs between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Live game taken from the wild may not be transported or possessed, except under a rehabilitation permit or as specified in a DNR Wildlife Damage and Nuisance Control Permit.
It is unlawful to:
Use any kind of a trap other than a foothold, body-gripping, or conibear-type trap unless specifically otherwise provided.
Use a foothold trap with a jaw spread exceeding a number 2 foothold trap when taking mink or muskrat.
Use snares. Exceptions: See Beaver and Otter Trapping Regulations on pg. 52. and winter Fox and Coyote Non-Lethal Cable Restraints on pg. 50.
Use a trap with teeth or serrations.
Use or have in possession or transport in an area frequented by wild animals a catching device of any kind without permanent etching or a metal tag bearing the user's name and address, Michigan driver license number, or DNR sportcard number. Additional tagging requirement: See Beaver and Otter Trapping Regulations on pg. 52. Set a steel trap within 50 feet of any water before Oct. 25 in Zone 1, before Nov. 1 in Zone 2, or before Nov. 10 in Zone 3, unless a duffer-type, egg-type, or similarly designed foothold trap for raccoon is used, or a body-gripping or conibear trap that is placed 4 feet or more above the ground. See pg. 12 for the hunting and trapping zone map.
Molest or set a trap in the internal compartment of any structure such as a lodge, hut, push-up, house, hole, nest, burrow or den of a badger, beaver, mink, muskrat or raccoon, whether occupied or not, or molest or destroy a beaver dam, except under a DNR Wildlife Damage and Nuisance Animal Control Permit.
Set a trap on a beaver dam or lodge unless the trap is: submerged below the water; a duffer-type, egg-type, or similarly designed foothold trap which by construction will selectively capture raccoon; a body-gripping trap 5 inches or less in width as measured inside the jaw hinges; or a body-gripping trap less than 8 inches above the ground at the highest point, and set in a way that does not use bait, lure or attractant to entice an animal, and the trap is between 5 inches and 6 and one half inches as measured inside the jaw hinges.
Stake, put out, or set a catching device at any time before the day the open season begins.
Use a multiple catch or colony trap except for taking muskrats, provided the trap is completely submerged. Colony traps must be constructed of steel and be no larger than 8 inches high, 8 inches wide and 36 inches deep. (Nuisance control operators MAY use colony traps for muskrats and other species.) o Shoot a muskrat, beaver, otter, mink, fisher or marten, except under DNR permit. However, coyote, fox, raccoon, bobcat and badger may be killed in traps by fur takers using .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms.
Use a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearm to dispatch coyote, fox, raccoon, bobcat and badger from Nov. 15-30 in the limited firearm deer zone unless the firearm is loaded at the point of kill only.
Trap any species within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Use of Wild Game as Bait when Trapping
Trappers may use the parts of game animals as bait if:
The game used as bait was lawfully trapped or hunted and if it is the open season for the game being used as bait; or
Some game killed as the result of a motor vehicle collision may be used as bait. Visit mi.gov/dnr, click Hunting and Trapping, then "Road-kill Salvage Instructions" for complete information, or use this direct link: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/road-kill_salvage_instructions_471127_7.pdf
Furbearer Kill Tags
Residents who intend to harvest bobcat, otter, fisher, or marten must request and will be issued free kill tags for these species. Those under 8 years of age may not obtain a kill tag for bobcat, otter, fisher, or marten. Kill tags are available May 1 through the last day of trapping season for fisher, marten, and otter. Bobcat kill tags are only available through Nov. 30. Kill tags will be available from license agents or by contacting any DNR Customer Service Center. A person who harvests a bobcat, otter, fisher, or marten shall immediately validate the tag and attach the tag to the hide from the upper jaw to the eye socket or through the lower jaw. The kill tag must be replaced by an official DNR seal for registration. See Furbearer Registration, pg. 54.
Furharvester licenses are now valid May 1, 2016 - Apr. 30, 2017. HOWEVER, in order to purchase a 2016 furharvester license AFTER Feb. 28, 2017, you must have purchased a 2016 base license. If you do not purchase a 2016 base license by Feb. 28, 2017, you cannot purchase a fur harvester license in March or April.