|Hello fellow trappers and outdoors person alike;
On behalf of the Frontenac – Addington Trappers Council I would like to inform the public on some facts that they
may or may not know about today’s trapping industry. Due to the increase of some retail stores selling trapping
equipment to non licenced person’s I will attempt to better explain reality.
1) It is illegal for any person to possess or use an operable body-gripping trap* except a licensed trapper or a
person who has been licensed as a trapper in the past five years or a farmer on his property.
* (leghold traps, Conibears, snares or any similar traps, except the common box live-trap.)
1b) A non - licenced person may only use live traps or a firearm in defence of property
2) In 2007 the humane trap standards came into effect, since then we can only use certified traps for Beaver,
Muskrat, Raccoon, Fisher and Martin. Most notable change was the traditional 220 type traps for fisher that did
not pass as well as the traditional style 120’s for Martin which did not pass. Consult the newest certified trap
standard list from either furmanagers.com or fur.ca for approved traps.
For all Canadian jurisdictions, certified killing traps for ermine/weasels and Canada lynx will become mandatory
(Phase 1) in the fall of 2015 (except 2016 in Quebec) and for otter in the fall of 2016.
Check with your provincial or territorial government to confirm regulations related to trap uses applicable in your
3) You may not trap furbearing mammals except under the authority of a licence (farmer’s may trap on their own
land without a licence, but require a licence to sell pelts).
4) You may not tan, dress or treat furbearing mammals or their pelts except under the authority of a licence. A
trapper may, without a fur dealer’s licence, tan, pluck or treat a pelt harvested under his/her licence, and sell the
5) (a) You may not have in possession the pelts of any furbearing mammal taken in Ontario during the closed
season except under the authority of a Licence to Possess a Pelt.
(b) You must within 24 hours of the close of the season for each species of furbearer, record on the Mandatory
Season-End Harvest Report issued with the licence, the quantity of furbearing mammals or black bear harvested
under the licence.
(c) You must file a Mandatory Season-End Harvest Report by June 10th in respect of the quantity of furbearing
mammals or black bear harvested under the licence
Code of conduct for trappers
1. Live holding land sets should be inspected daily.
2. Raccoon, marten and fisher should be trapped only with approved killing traps, or live traps.
3. Up-to-date Conibear or similar killing traps should be used in trapping to ensure that captured animals are
trapped as efficiently and humanely as possible.
4. Traps should never be set where cats and dogs or other unwanted animals may get caught.
5. The landowner's permission must be obtained in writing before trapping on any private land.
6. Feeding stations for birds and other animals such as marten and fisher should be maintained on your trapline.
7. Trappers should make notes about furbearer harvests and conditions on their trapping areas to assist in harvest
reporting and in monitoring populations of furbearers and prey/food species.
8. Muskrats from overpopulated marshes and beaver from ponds with inadequate food supplies should be trapped
9. Each trapper should assist farmers, cottagers and other landowners within his area who have problems with
10. Diseased animals should be reported or submitted to the local district/area office of the Ministry of Natural
11. The meat from beaver, muskrat, raccoon and lynx can be eaten. Carcasses not used for human consumption
or bait should be fed to birds or other wild mammals.
12. Your provincial and local trapper's councils deserve your support.
13. Trappers should teach their children or other interested young people to trap, care for pelts and take care of
14. It is recommended that animals which are found alive in traps be shot, provided that there are not laws
prohibiting the possession and discharge of firearms in the area.
Applying for a trapping licence
Persons applying for their first trapping licence, or those who have not held a trapping licence the past five years,
are required to complete the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course. These courses are given by
Ministry licensed instructors, and students are required to purchase the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and
Conservation Course manuals. Following the course, each student will be subjected to a written and practical field
examination. Individuals wishing to take the course should contact the Ontario Fur Managers Federation or local
MNR district/area office. Individuals who are already licensed as trappers but have not taken the course are
encouraged to do so as are persons who for various reasons are interested in furbearing mammals and their
management but do not intend to apply for a trapping licence
For more information go to www.furmanagers.com and read the Regulations.
Why should you become a member of the Frontenac-Addington Trappers Council?
• It is the voice of Local trappers recognized by the O.F.M.F
• To be a part of the decision making process in matters affecting trappers
• To ensure the continuation of markets for your product
• To ensure that a trapping future exists for your children
In closing I must stress to the non trapping public that the scenes that you see on many reality shows on the air
waves today, like mountain men, or you tube video’s all though entertaining do not reflect the reality of trapping in
Canada. The shows are based on U.S.A trapping regulations and entertainment value. Here in Canada we lead
the world in humane trapping standards and conservation. I would encourage you to seek out an active trapper or
the trappers council in our area for advice or help with any nuisance animal issues.
Trapping is Canada’s oldest land based industry dating back to the 1st European settlers. It not only provides
economic benefits to our economy it also provides for a historical and traditional way of life that we must preserve.
Regulated trapping is also an invaluable tool to manage and conserve our fur bearers into the future.