The Wisconsin DNR supports modern, regulated trapping as a safe, efficient and practical means of taking target species of furbearers. Trapping in Wisconsin is highly regulated and is a useful tool in ensuring that healthy and diverse furbearer populations are sustained into the future. Modern trapping practices and regulations are based mainly on thorough evaluations of commercially available traps and common trapping methods, commonly known as Best Management Practices (BMPs). These evaluations are based on comprehensive metrics, including animal welfare, efficiency, selectivity, practicality and safety.
Special Note: Anyone wishing to trap in Wisconsin must complete a Wisconsin Trapper Education Course. These courses cover standard trapping techniques and emphasize current regulations, trapper ethics and animal welfare. Check out the Trapper Education Course card below for more information.