The time-honored tradition of trapping furbearers continues in Louisiana. LDWF classifies 12 animals as furbearers—beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, river otter, red fox, raccoon, and skunk. Trapping season in the state runs from November 20 through March 31 each year. It is also legal for properly licensed hunters to take some furbearers, including bobcat, raccoon, opossum, and nutria, outside of the trapping season.
— Trapper education —
While trapper education is not mandatory in Louisiana, LDWF has partnered with the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association to offer free trapper education workshops to demonstrate trapping basics such as trap types and history, how to set traps, and how to handle them safely. Please see the Louisiana Fur Advisory Council for more information.
Before taking one of these hands-on workshops, we encourage you to take the Louisiana Level 1 Trapping Course, a free online course available on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Conservation Learning Campus. This course is designed to allow each student to work at their convenience and their own pace.
Louisiana Fur Advisory Council
The Louisiana Fur Advisory Council was established to:
- Educate the public regarding the need for trapping as a sound wildlife management tool and regarding the logic of managing furbearing species as renewable resources
- Identify the current consumers of Louisiana furs
- Identify present and potential Louisiana fur marketing problems, obstacles, and related significant issues
- Strengthen existing markets and develop new markets and marketing strategies for raw and finished Louisiana fur products
- Develop and implement an international advertising campaign to promote the utilization of raw and finished Louisiana fur products.
- Examine, evaluate, and make recommendations concerning any aspect of the fur industry including habitat management, harvest, and marketing which will enhance the future of the industry and perpetuate the conservation of these species.