Furbearer Trapping Regulations

Legal Animals

Trappers may take the following furbearing animals: badger, beaver, grey fox, red fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, otter, raccoon, ring-tailed cat, spotted skunk and striped skunk.


Trapping season runs from December 1st through January 31st.

Legal Methods

Fur-bearing animals may be taken with foothold and conibear-style traps. Snares are prohibited. The maximum number of traps allowed per trapper is 24.


  • The following items must be in your posession while trapping in the Preserve: a current Big Thicket National Preserve Trapping Permit and a current Texas Trapper's License.
  • Trappers must place a copy of their trapping permit on the dashboard of their vehicle in plain view. Trappers who also use a boat must leave the boat display copy of their permit in their boat in a waterproof container in plain view.
  • Traps must be checked at least every 24 hours for captured animals. Captured animals must be removed on discovery.
  • Traps must have a waterproof tag with the trapper's name and telephone number attached.
  • A minimum of 400 square inches of International Hunter Orange must be worn and visible at all times while trapping in the Preserve. The 400 square inches includes headgear and at least 144 square inches on both chest and back.
  • Parking is allowed in designated areas or along roads within or adjacent to the trapping area. Do not block gates, roads or park on private property.
  • Trappers must carry out all trash.
  • Human waste must be buried and at least 100 feet from any road, trail, or creek.

Prohibited Activities

Certain activities are prohibited while trapping furbearing animals in the preserve.

Last updated: April 4, 2019

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