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Licenses:
A trapping license is required for trapping and selling fur, hides and pelts.

Season:
Dec. 1-Feb. 28 for mink, otter, fox, opossum, muskrat, skunk, bobcat, and weasel. Raccoons may be trapped only in the Southern Raccoon Zone. There is no closed season for trapping beavers and coyotes.

Wildlife:
No wildlife except those specified as furbearers may be trapped at any time within this state, except as may be provided in state law.

Sale of Dog or Cat Fur:
It is unlawful to sell the fur, hide or pelt of any domestic dog or cat caught by a trap.

Permission:
It is unlawful to trap any wildlife upon the lands or in the waters of any other person except with written consent of the owner, which must be on the person setting or using the traps.

Rights-of-Way:
It is unlawful to trap any wildlife upon the right-of-way of any public road or highway of this state.

WMA's:
The use of traps on any wildlife management area is prohibited except under special permit from the Wildlife Resources Division.

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Choke Sticks:
It is unlawful to fail to carry a choke stick or similar device while tending traps and to use that device to release domestic animals.

.22 Cal. Rimfires:
It is unlawful to fail to carry a weapon of .22 cal. rimfire while tending traps and to use that weapon to dispatch any furbearing animal to be taken.

Body Gripping Traps:
Body gripping traps in excess of 9.5 inches square may be used only in water or within 10 feet of water.

No. 2 Traps:
It is unlawful to set on land any trap with a jaw opening any larger than 5.75 inches.

Inspection of Traps:
It is unlawful to fail to inspect traps at least once each 24-hour period and remove any animals caught in the traps.

Stamping of Traps:
It is unlawful to trap wildlife except with traps which are at all times legibly stamped, etched, or tagged with the owner's name or owner's permanent trapper's identification number provided by the department.

Snares:
Snares may be used for trapping beaver provided that snares are set in water or on land within ten (10) feet of water, including swamps, marshes, and tidal areas. All snares must be marked with the trapper's name or identification number.

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Reports:
Within 10 days after the close of trapping season, all trappers must report in writing the number of furs, hides or pelts which have been taken during the open season and the person to whom sold. By completing and returning the Georgia Trapper Questionnaire, which is sent to all licensed trappers, you will fulfill this obligation. Such reports must be mailed to: Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management, Attn: Furbearer Biologist , 1773-A Bowen's Mill Highway, Fitzgerald , GA 31750.

Fur Dealers Reports:
Within 60 days after the close of trapping season, all fur dealers must report in writing the number of each type of hide, fur, skin, or pelt purchased during the preceding year, the date of purchase, the name of the person from whom purchased, and the person's trapping or raccoon fur seller's license number. The report shall be filed with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Law Enforcement, Region 4 Office, 601 Third Avenue, Manchester, GA 31816.

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Exportation of Furs, Hides, and Pelts:
At least 3 days prior to shipping, transporting or otherwise conveying any furs, hides or pelts outside this state, a written report of the number and type of furs, hides or pelts to be exported and the name and address of the person to whom such furs, hides or pelts are to be shipped must be filed with the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management, Attn: Furbearer Biologist , 1773-A Bowen's Mill Highway, Fitzgerald , GA 31750. Failure to submit a report may result in revocation of license, in addition to criminal proceedings. Any furs, hides or pelts shipped outside of this state contrary to these provisions shall be declared contraband and seized and disposed of as provided by law.

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Trapping and Selling of Live Fox:
The following conditions must be met to trap and sell live fox:

  1. You must have a commercial trapping license.
  2. Live fox may be taken from the wild only during open trapping season.
  3. Live fox may be sold only to licensed commercial fox preserves or licensed commercial fox breeders. No permit is needed to trap and sell live fox.
  4. Live fox may be held by licensed trappers for up to five days, but no longer.
  5. No live fox may be possessed five days following the close of trapping season.
  6. Trappers holding live fox must comply with O.C.G.A. 27-5-6 regarding the humane handling, care, confinement and transportation of wild animals.
If you have any questions, contact you local WRD region office or call the Permit office at 770-761-3044.

Bobcat and Otter Tagging:
All bobcats and otters trapped in Georgia and exported out of Georgia must be tagged with a Federal Export Tag. The tag must be attached by State personnel no later than (10) days after the close of the trapping season.

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Possession, Sale or Transport of Alligator Hides or Parts:
Allowed only in accordance with provisions found in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 27, and Rules of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Chapters 391-4-11, 391-4-12, 391-4-13, only by licensed alligator farmers and agent-trappers.

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