Beaver Trapping Season Extended In Eastern New York
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the beaver trapping season will be extended from March 16 to April 7 in the following Wildlife Management Units (WMU): 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4M, 4N, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4X, 4Y, 4Z, 5K, 5N, 5P, 5R, 6R and 6S.
These Wildlife Management Units are located in all or portions of Albany, Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster and Washington counties.
Beaver trapping is a key management tool used to control beaver populations. However, low beaver takes during the regular season sometimes necessitate the extension of the trapping season. During the special extended beaver trapping season, all pertinent trapping regulations still apply. These regulations cover types and sizes of traps, as well as where traps may be legally set. Beaver trappers must report their take on pelt possession cards and have their pelts sealed on or before the 10th day after the close of the season. Trappers should follow the instructions for obtaining pelt seals described in the New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide.
Trappers should also note that the otter, mink and muskrat seasons remain closed in the units reopened to beaver, and no traps shall be set on or within 15 feet of beaver dams or lodges. Trigger regulations for body-gripping traps larger than nine inches (“330” size traps) also apply.
WMUs are described in the 2008-2009 New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide which is available at DEC Regional offices, anywhere licenses are sold or on DEC’s website: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html. A WMU map is also available on DEC’s website: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html.