Trap Tag


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department manages and regulates furbearer trapping. Laws and regulations help ensure trapping activities are safe, efficient and practical.

Tools of the trade to set a trap, foothold trap, dirt sifting pan, tool bag and gloved hands


The preservation of our trapping heritage is meaningful and is why the right to trap is codified in the Wyoming constitution.

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If you recreate in Wyoming you should be prepared and knowing when trapping seasons are open in Wyoming.

Why trap?

Marten on a log (Adobe Stock Photo)

The species of wildlife that are trapped are abundant

Only common and abundant wildlife species can be legally trapped in Wyoming. No threatened, endangered or state-protected animals such as river otters, lynx and wolverines can be legally trapped.

Warden checking trapper in the field

Furbearer trapping is regulated in Wyoming

Trapping is regulated by trained wildlife professionals who dedicate their lives to wildlife management. Trapping of furbearers, except badgers, is not allowed year-round.

Regulations and education ensure sustainable trapping in the future

Game and Fish is currently involved in the Best Management Practices project, a major national effort cooperating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, trapper associations and experienced veterinarians to evaluate traps. 

Muskrat (Adobe Stock)

Regulated trapping provides many benefits to wildlife and people

Trapping helps maintain a balance between wildlife and people by reducing or preventing damage to agricultural crops and property, and reducing transmissible diseases such as rabies and distemper which benefits domestic and wild populations.