Please follow ALL laws and regulations. It is possible for you to lose your trapping privileges by not obeying the laws as well as damage ALL trappers reputation if something happens due to you breaking the law. So please, out of respect for our sport and fellow trappers, know and understand each regulation and follow them. These regulations our made for us and the animals safety.
If anyone has any questions on laws or regulations please ask a TWRA officer, call the Main office in your Region or contact the TFHA President and he will help you in any way possible.
It is now considered a Right by the Constitution of the State of TN to hunt, fish and trap in TN, please do not abuse this RIGHT.
|Beaver||Year Round||No Limit|
|Coyote||Year Round||No Limit|
|Groundhog||Year Round||No Limit|
|Nutria||Year Round||No Limit|
|Bobcat*||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||1 per day (hunting only)|
|Fox**||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Mink||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Muskrat||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Opossum||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Otter***||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Raccoon||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Spotted Skunk||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Striped Skunk||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
|Weasel||Nov. 20||Feb. 28||No Limit|
Leg-hold traps with an outside measure of jaw spread that is 9 inches or less, as measured at the widest point, are legal for all furbearer species during the legal trapping season. (TS-85 is not legal for beaver trapping)
Square instant-kill traps that have an exterior jaw measurement 16 inches or less, as measured at the widest point, and circular instant kill traps that have an exterior measurement 12 inches or less, as measured at the widest point, are legal for all furbearer species during the legal trapping season. Instant kill traps are considered steel jawed traps and their use is restricted to that allowed for steel jawed traps.
Those traps that act as a cage after capture.
Steel Cable Snares
These have a minimum cable diameter of 5/64 inch and maximum cable diameter of 3/32 inch. Spring activated snares, except Collarum snares, are prohibited.
Woodstream Soft-Catch, Butera Cushion Catch traps, Cushion Catch #33, J. C. Conner Coyote "Jake" Trap, Duke Rubber Jaw trap and any legal sized offset jawed traps equipped with "Humane Hold" universal pads by K. G. Enterprises, or Sudden Valley Supply meet the definition of a cushion-hold trap. These traps are the only steel traps legal for trapping in the open and on top of the ground, provided that the trapper has specific written permission from the landowner to use the trap.
Species Specific Traps
Egg traps, Coon Cuffs, Lil' Grizz Getrz, Duke DP, Pos-z-loc, Cooncatcher, and Duffer's Raccoon traps are legal for furbearers during the legal trapping season.