Furbearer Hunting and Trapping



Hunting Season Dates

  • Bobcat: December 1 - March 31
  • Otter: December 1 - March 1
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk, nutria: year-round


Trapping Season Dates

  • Bobcat and otter: December 1 - March 1
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk, nutria: year-round


Hunting Information

Trapping Information




Frequently Asked Furbearer Questions


May I sell meat and/or skins from furbearers?  Yes, but only if you possess a furbearer trapping license. Here is a list of licenses.


Where can I sell my furs?  Contact the Florida Trapper’s Association External Website, North American Fur Auctions External Website or Fur Harvesters Auction External Website for information.


May nuisance trappers sell skins (including fox skins)?  Yes, but only with possession of a furbearer trapping license. Additionally, if the animal was taken with a steel trap, you must present a copy of the steel trap permit to the fur buyer or dealer for their records. See our steel trap page for more details.


May I use dog-proof raccoon traps?  These traps are considered steel leg-hold traps and are prohibited for recreational trappers. Nuisance trappers can apply for a steel trap permit to use these traps.


Are power-activated snares legal?  Yes. A power-activated snare is defined as a snare on which the loop closure (speed or direction) is initiated or augmented by some type of powering device (e.g. a spring).


Are cage (swim-in) traps legal for otters?  Yes, as long as they are set so that the otters have access to air to prevent them from drowning.


What is a CITES tag?  Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES tags need to be attached to bobcat and otter hides if they leave Florida and immediately upon purchase if they are sold. Those with a hunting license may pos­sess no more than 1 bobcat and 1 otter pelt between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has a CITES tag. Tags may be requested by calling 850-488-5878.


Is a hunting license also required in addition to the trapping license when trapping furbearers?  No, only the $26.50 trapping license is needed.



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