Furbearer Trapping Regulations 

< Back to Hunting 

Trapping Regulations

  • Animal matter may not be used as bait within 20 feet of a trap unless it is covered.
  • Bait must be covered in such a way as to withstand wave action, wind action and other normal environmental conditions that could cause it to become visible.
  • All traps, snares or cable-restraint devices for taking furbearing animals must have one of the following affixed to the device:
    • Legible name and address of trap user.
    • Vehicle operator's license number of trap user.
    • AGFC customer identification number of trap user.
    • Current vehicle license number (registered to the trap user).
  • Nondrowning sets with foothold traps, snares and box traps must be checked daily. Kill traps must be checked at least every 72 hours.
  • Foothold Traps
    • Foothold traps must be smooth-jawed.
    • Foothold traps on land must have a jaw spread no greater than 6 inches (measured from the inside edge at the dog).
    • Foothold traps in water sets must have a jaw spread no greater than 81/2 inches (measured from the inside edge at the dog).
    • Foothold traps with a jaw spread greater than 5 inches (measured from the inside edge at the dog) must have offset or rubber-padded jaws.
  • Body-gripping Traps
    • Body-gripping traps on land must have a jaw spread no greater than 6 inches.
    • Body-gripping traps in water sets must have a jaw spread no greater than 10 inches.
  • Box Traps
    • Box traps may be used for land and water sets.
    • Box traps no larger than 8 inches wide and 10 inches high may be used to trap rabbits. No more than eight rabbit traps may be used at one time.
    • Wood or wire traps may not be used to take game birds.
    • Licensed trappers may use box traps of any size during furbearer season. 
  • Snares
    • Leg snares are illegal in Arkansas.
    • Snares are allowed in water sets.
    • Snares placed on land, farther than 20 feet from a permanent body of water must have a functional “deer lock” that prevents them from closing smaller than 21/2 inches. Land snares must have a single-piece lock and must be braided cable with a loop no larger than 12 inches in diameter and the bottom of the loop no higher than 10 inches from the ground.
    • Snares may not be set or maintained in a public road right-of-way or touch any fence when fully extended.

Licenses Needed to Hunt and Trap Furbearers

  • Furbearer hunters and trappers 16 and older must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.
  • Resident trappers 16 and older must have a valid Resident Trapper Permit in addition to their hunting license. This permit is free.
  • Nonresident trappers 16 and older must have a valid Nonresident Trapper Permit in addition to their hunting license.

Trapper Education and Introduction to Trapping

Looking for information on how to get involved in trapping and selling furs? The International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies produced a special trapper education program to teach newcomers about the sport and explain why responsible trapping is vital to the health of an ecosystem.
Click here for information on beginning trapping

Buying and Selling Furs

Not only do furbearer hunters and trappers enjoy the thrill of the hunt and some decent meals, they also can make a few extra dollars selling the furs if they take the time to preserve them properly.
Click here to learn how and where to sell your harvested furs