Furbearer refers to mammals that traditionally have been hunted and trapped primarily for fur.
Furbearing animals include:
Furbearers that are legally harvested for human use are always common and abundant. Use the links below for more information on hunting and trapping furbearers.
Here you’ll find license information, season dates, regulations and more.
Learn about the benefits of trapping and its importance in furbearer research and management.
A Q & A exploring the pros and cons of different options for effectively monitoring furbearers as part of the department’s mission to protect our state’s biodiversity.
The department contracted with a leading natural resource survey firm to conduct a survey of Vermont residents’ knowledge and opinions of the department and our furbearer conservation efforts.
Learn more about this act that requires the Fish & Wildlife Department to work with the Legislature and the Fish and Wildlife Board to establish best management practices that modernize trapping and improve the welfare of wildlife taken with the use of traps.
Use this form to report your trapping activities. Reports must be submitted whether or not any trapping was done or any furs were taken.
First-time trappers must successfully complete a trapper education program covering skills, regulations, and trapping's role in scientific wildlife management. Trapper education programs teach basic techniques with a strong focus on the responsible treatment of animals, legal methods, safety, selectivity, and ethical trapper behavior.
Check out our annual newsletter featuring season results, furbearer factsheets and other publications on trapping.
Are you interested in helping with human-wildlife conflicts? Use our online form to be added to our list of individuals offering nuisance control services.
Learn more about Vermont’s furbearers.