Trapping in Wisconsin: a time-honored tradition
Whether you crave the solitude of the winter landscape or you seek to pass on a family tradition, Wisconsin has many trapping opportunities for you.
Bobcat, fisher and otter zone information:
- Bobcat Time Period 1: Closed
- Bobcat Time Period 2: Closed
- Fisher: Closed
- Otter: Open
It is extremely unlikely that we would close a furbearer zone as we use harvester success rates from recent years to issue permits. This allows us to stay very close to quota without needing to close zones. Should we need to close a zone, we would provide several days to a full week of notice, issue a press release and update this page to reflect the closures.
Attention trappers: The DNR is attempting to radio-collar incidentally caught wolves throughout the state. If you are willing to allow DNR staff to collar any incidentally-caught wolves, please contact Nathan Libal at 715-401-1764.
The DNR is also attempting to radio-collar bobcats in select northern counties. If you incidentally trap a bobcat in one of the participating counties and are willing to allow the DNR to radio-collar it, please contact Nathan Roberts at 715-401-1051.
Fur tagging dates: Fur tagging is by appointment only this year, unless stated otherwise. Contact your local conservation warden to have your bobcat, fisher or otter registered within 5 days of the month you harvest. Please be prepared to tell the warden which Game Management Unit you harvested your bobcat, fisher or otter in.
Trapping on DOT Right-of-Ways: DOT does not allow trapping along DOT-owned right-of-ways. However, there are a few wetland mitigation sites open to trapping. Please review their policy for more information.
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