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.
Tennessee Legislature no longer controls the trapping laws/regulations. Rules and regulations is now in control by TWRA.
We have made great strides in our rights to trap in Tennessee with the leaders of this being TFHA member Clarence Dies, John Daniel, TWRA officers and TN Congressmen.
Please see all new regulations below.
A very big thank you to all those involved in getting these changes accomplished!
LEGAL TRAPPING DEVICES AND DEFINITIONS
(1) Steel leg-hold traps must have an outside measure of jaw spread that is 9 inches or less, as measured at the widest point. Steel square instant-kill traps must have an exterior jaw measurement 16 inches or less, as measured at the widest point, and steel circular instant-kill traps must have an exterior measurement 12 inches or less, as measured at the widest point.
(2) Live traps are legal for taking any species of wildlife listed as having a trapping season. Live traps are defined as those traps that act as a cage after capture.
(3) Steel cable snares having a minimum cable diameter of 5/64 inch and a maximum cable diameter of 3/32 inch are legal for all legal furbearer species during the legal trapping season. All snares shall have affixed a tag bearing the name of the owner. Spring activated snares other than Collarum snares prohibited.
(4) Commercially available dog-proof traps, also known as species-specific traps, are legal for trapping.
(5) Cushion-hold traps, laminated jaw traps, off-set wide jaw traps, off-set laminated jaw traps and wide jaw traps with an outside measure of jaw spread that is 9 inches or less, as measured at the widest point and a minimum jaw thickness of ¼ inch, may be used for all sets. Double-jaw traps with an outside spread of 9 inches or less of the upper and lower combined and a minimum jaw thickness of one-quarter(¼) inch may be used for all sets.
(6) For trapping purposes "water set" is defined to mean traps set in water adjacent to and part of streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands or other water courses and includes floating sets.
(7) Trappers shall mark all of their traps with their name or TWRA ID number.
(8) Steel traps placed inside a hole, cave or den or in a hollow log, hollow stump or any like place shall be placed (12) or more inches inside the entrance of such place, and it is unlawful to place steel traps in the open, except for water sets and trap types listed in number five (5) above.
(9) Lethal sets such as instant kill traps and water set ("drowning") traps must be inspected every seventy-two (72) hours. All other traps must be inspected every thirty-six (36) hours and any wildlife caught in the traps shall be removed.