Trappers must register furs

Local trappers are reminded that the pelt of each bobcat, fisher, pine marten and otter, the carcass of each bobcat, and the head of each pine marten and fisher taken must be presented, by the person taking it, to a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) registration station before the pelt is sold or removed from the state.

This must be done no more than 24 hours after the season closes for pine marten and fisher (Nov. 30), and no more than 48 hours after the season closes for bobcat and otter (Jan. 8, 2013).

Bobcat, fisher, pine marten, and otter taken by local trappers may be registered between noon and 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013 (bobcat and otter only) at the Brainerd Area DNR Office (1601 Minnesota Drive) or St. Cloud DNR Office (940 Industrial Drive, Suite 103, Sauk Rapids).

These species may be registered at the Little Falls area wildlife office between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Jan. 8, 2013. Furs can be registered at other times throughout the season, by appointment only, with any DNR area wildlife office.

Trappers are reminded to remove the pelt from the carcass for every furbearer they take before bringing it in for registration, and the pelt must not be frozen. In addition, the entire carcass of the bobcat and head of pine marten and fisher must be surrendered at the time of registration. Trappers must also present their site validation coupons for fisher, pine marten and otter.

Trappers are asked to bring the following written information for each animal to be registered: species, sex, method of take (including type of trap), date taken, and county, township and range where taken. Include your MNDNR number (a nine-digit number located in the upper half of your license).

 

Wolf pelt and carcass 

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Any successful wolf hunter or trapper must register the animal as instructed on their license. After registering a wolf, the pelt and entire carcass of any wolf taken by a licensed wolf hunter or trapper must be presented for inspection, by taking it to a DNR wildlife office to obtain a wolf fur registration tag.

The pelt must be removed from the carcass prior to inspection, and the pelt must not be frozen. Evidence of sex should be left attached.

Following inspection, the hunter or trapper must dispose of the wolf carcass.

Wolves taken by hunters during the early wolf season may be presented for inspection on either 1) Nov. 6, 13 or 19, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at one of the official DNR wolf inspection stations listed in the wolf season regulations handbook sent to wolf hunters and trappers, and also posted on DNR’s Web page at www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/wolf/index.html; or 2) by advance appointment at any DNR wildlife office.

Wolves taken by hunters or trappers during the late wolf season may be presented for inspection at 1) a scheduled furbearer registration event listed on page 50 of the 2012 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Handbook; or 2) by advance appointment at any DNR wildlife office.

Wolf carcass inspections and fur registration must occur before the pelt is sold or removed from the state, and any inspection occurring by advance appointment must take place no later than 5 p.m. the first business day following the last legal day wolves can be harvested in the zone and season the wolf was harvested in.

If any wolf season or zone closes early as a result of reaching target harvests and a person has not surrendered a registered wolf for the mandatory wolf carcass inspection, and if there are no inspection events scheduled by 5 p.m. the first business day following the last legal day wolves can be harvested, they must contact a DNR Wildlife Office by 5 p.m. the first business day following the legal day wolves can be harvested, and schedule an appointment. Bring the following written information for the wolf harvested to be registered: sex, method of take, date harvested and county, township and range where harvested. Include your MDNR number, as shown on your license. Tanning a wolf pelt does not eliminate the need for carcass inspection.

For more information, contact Beau Liddell, DNR Little Falls Area Wildlife Supervisor, at (320) 616-2468, ext. 222; e-mail: beaulin.liddell@state.mn.us.

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