Missouri Trapping Regulations
Responsible, ethical trapping is important to help preserve the heritage, sport, and occupation of trapping in generations to come. Before going out into the field, make sure you understand and obey all of the trapping regulations in the state you plan on trapping in. Having a trapping permit does not authorize an individual to trespass; you must gain permission from the property owner on the property that you wish to trap.
Do not place foothold, conibear, or cable restraint traps where humans or domestic animals frequent. Use the proper size of traps for the species of animals that you wish to pursue. In other words, do not use a trap that is too large on the animal that you are pursuing. Respect the animals that you pursue. This means being sure to check your traps daily so the animal will not be restrained any longer than necessary and non-target animals can be released without any harm or injury. This also means that when dispatching an animal, it is done in the quickest, most humane way as possible.
To further show respect for the animals that you harvest, it is important that you handle your pelts properly. Take the time to learn to properly skin, clean, and store your pelts before taking them to market.
Also, many furbearers make excellent table fare. To further get the most for your pelts, learn to scrape, stretch, and dry them properly. Doing this will bring you several extra dollars on your fur check, as well as a pride in doing a good job. The Missouri Trappers Association puts on clinics throughout the year that involve proper trapping and fur handling techniques.
Once that one has got proficient with the art of fur trapping and fur handling, pass on your skills to others who wish to partake in the sport. Be sure to support and defend proper conservation practices and become an active member of your local, state, and national trapping associations. It is essential to the future of the heritage of trapping.
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