North Iowa Outdoors: Trapping Season Underway in Iowa

The Iowa trapping season is underway, and a Department of Natural Resources expert says the prospects are good. Furbearer biologist, Vince Evelsizer, says there shouldn’t be any trouble finding furs.

Evelsizer says the only two species that they’re concerned about are foxes and muskrats which have seen declining populations. He says making a profit from trapping is a little less certain.

Evelsizer says the price of the furs is influenced by several things.

He says there’s been around 14,000 to 15,000 licensed fur harvesters the past few years.

Evelsizer says some trappers aren’t concerned about the fur price.

Trappers don’t have to sell their furs this year Evelsizer says they can keep them for one year and see if prices go up before they have to sell. He says there is one more beginning trapper event for the year this Saturday in St. Charles. It’s for beginner trappers of all ages and you can sign up on the Iowa DNR ‘s website to register.


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