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Trapping in NH

Trapping is an important part of New Hampshire’s furbearer management efforts. Under the guidance of regulated programs, trappers help maintain furbearer populations, provide data through annual reports, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife. Trappers help keep New Hampshire’s furbearer populations at healthy levels.




Trapper Education

Trapper Education teaches participants how to be safe, responsible and ethical while trapping furbearing animals. Courses are offered April through September. If no courses are currently listed, please check back frequently as new courses may be added.


Course Options


Trapper Education Online–Residents ages 12 and older only.

Study and pass the online "Today's Trapper" course. The cost is $34.50 for the online course, and up to an additional $5.00 per field day per student. Students will be required to attend a field day and pass a written exam that day with a score 80% or better.

NOTE: All field days are full and will resume in the spring of 2023.

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Trapper Education Traditional Course–Residents ages 12 and older only.

An 8-hour instructor-led in-person course. The cost for this course is no more than $5.00 per student. Students must attend the entire course and will be required to pass a written exam with a score of 80% or better.

NOTE: All traditional courses are full and will resume in the spring of 2023.



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Trapping License Requirements


To purchase a NH trapping license, you must have either:

    • A previous New Hampshire trapping license issued in the last 3 years; or
    • A trapper education card. 

All first-time trappers must become certified by successfully completing a trapper education class. An in-person field day is required for all courses. Online trapper education courses without an in-person field day will not be accepted.


Purchase your trapping license in one of two ways:




  • Permit to Trap PDF Document -- For use by landowners to grant permission to trap on their land
  • Annual Trappers Reporting Form PDF Document -- Required on or before April 30 each year, whether or not trapping activity occurred or furs were taken.
  • Fur Dealer Record Book PDF Document -- Must be carried on the person to whom issued at all times when buying the skins of furbearing animals and deer skins.



Trapping Regulations and Resources

Hunting and Trapping Digest 


Wildlife Control Operators



Learn More


Why We Need Trapping PDF Documentextracted from NH Wildlife Journal, January / February 2017


Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation PDF Document

  • A compilation of the knowledge, insights and experiences of professional wildlife biologists who are responsible for the
    conservation of wildlife resources throughout the United States and Canada.


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