Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Date of this Version



Nebraska Game and Parks Commission P.O. Box 30370 Lincoln, Nebraska 68503 1980


Fur bearers and trapping played an important role in the exploration and development of Nebraska. The harvest of our fur-bearer resource is part of every Nebraskan's heritage. Wise use of the resource and consideration for other people's property and personal rights can insure that trapping will remain a part of the heritage of future generations. The purpose of this publication is to help insure this heritage ... through the educational process. Knowledge of and respect for the resource, as well as consideration for other people, are the keys to perpetuating trapping as an outdoor activity. While primarily designed to assist the young or novice trapper, this manual should benefit veterans as well. Contrary to popular belief, you can teach an "old dog" new tricks. Trapping is a biologically sound and legitimate use of a renewable natural resource. In fact, it is our primary means of managing fur-bearer populations, and management is essential to the health and well-being of all wildlife species. Significant problems develop for both the wildlife and man when management is not practiced and numbers are allowed to exceed what the habitat or environment will support.

An Open Letter to Trappers • Trapping ... Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow • Pre-Season Preparation • Muskrat • Mink • Beaver • Raccoon • Opossum • Coyote • Fox • Skunk • Badger • Weasel • Releasing an Unwanted Catch • After the Catch • Trapping Summary • Trapper's Creed