Body Gripping Traps
When using a Conibear, Dahlgren, Bigelow, or any other body-gripping trap on land, it is crucial to adhere to specific size limitations. The widest inside jaw-spread, measured both horizontally at the trap's center (Figure 1) and vertically at the center (Figure 2), must not exceed:
- 7.5 inches if square, or
- 8 inches if round.
Moreover, during setting, a minimum of 50% of the trap's opening must be submerged in water to ensure ethical and effective trapping practices.
Snares offer a legal trapping method, but their use is restricted to land ownership or with explicit written consent from the landowner. When utilizing snares, it is imperative to adhere to specific regulations:
The maximum legal circumference for snare loops is 15 inches.
(Exception: If at least half of the snare loop is submerged in water or if the snare incorporates a relaxing snare lock, which mitigates the risk of strangulation.)
These regulations are implemented to minimize the unintentional capture of domestic animals, emphasizing responsible and ethical trapping practices.
Box traps serve as a permissible means for capturing furbearers, whether on land or submerged underwater. This method aligns with established regulations, allowing for effective and humane trapping practices.
Note: The use of box traps is a recognized and lawful approach in capturing furbearers, emphasizing ethical and responsible trapping.
It is illegal to use a foothold trap with saw-toothed or spiked jaws. It is illegal to take a wild animal with a foothold trap if the widest inside jaw-spread measured perpendicular to the trap’s base plate and the inside width between the trap’s hinge posts (both measurements) is greater than 5¾ inches and less than or equal to 6½ inches, unless the jaws of the trap have at least a 1⁄8-inch offset, the gap of the offset is filled with securely attached rubber pads, or the trap is completely covered by water.
Securely attached rubber pads are those attached with bolts or rivets. The trap’s hinge posts must be maintained at a 90-degree angle to the trap’s base plate. It is illegal to take a wild animal with a foothold trap on land if the widest inside jaw-spread measured perpendicular to the trap’s base plate and the inside width between the trap’s hinge posts is greater than 6½ inches.
It is illegal to set or place a stake, chain, drag, or another portion of a trap that is designed to take a wild animal, except during a season established for trapping that wild animal.