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Trapping is an invaluable tool for those who know how to do it. While each state has its own set of rules and regulations the basic principle is the same.  Whether it be a snare, leg hold, or live trap that animal has to step or swim precisely where you want. No small feat considering the immense amount of land for animals to roam. Countless hours have been spent by trappers checking empty lines. For some who rely on trapping as a way to make a little extra money, help is on the way.

South Dakota has introduced the Nest Predator Bounty Program aimed at red foxes, skunks, badgers, raccoons, and opossum. Trapping these animals is open year round. From April 1 to trappers are invited to trap these animals for a $10 per tail bounty. The goal is to help bolster numbers of ducks and pheasants who nest during this time. Trappers must turn in tails to game and fish offices and will receive payment in the form of a check monthly. If the trappers bring in more than $600 worth of tails they will receive a 1099 form for tax purposes.

Per South Dakota Game and Fish Department:

  • No license required if you are under the age of 16 years old.
  • No license required if you are a landowner trapping on property they own/operate.
  • No furbearer license is required during the period of April 1 – August 31.
    • You must still have a resident hunting license to trap during this time. A license could include a small game hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license or a resident big game tag like turkey or deer.
  • Participants must follow all trapping rules and regulations.
  • All participants must submit the tail of these species to local Wildlife Conservation Officers, Wildlife Damage Specialists or any GFP office to receive payment.

This is a great idea, maybe all states should follow South Dakotas example. Would you take up trapping if your game and fish department offered a bounty?

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