Furbearer hunting, trapping seasons now under way

Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel hunting and trapping seasons now are open, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Mink and muskrat trapping seasons are open through Feb. 28. Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, as well as Lucas County east of the Maumee River, will remain open for raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink and muskrat through March 15.

Coyote hunting and trapping has no closed season and an unrestricted bag limit. Special hunting regulations for coyotes apply during the youth deer season Nov. 23-24, the statewide deer-gun season Dec. 2-8 and deer-muzzleloader season Jan. 4-7.

Beaver and river otter trapping seasons are open Dec. 26 through Feb. 28, and beaver trapping is open statewide. River otter trapping is open in 43 counties.

River otters were reintroduced into Ohio from 1986-1993 and have increased their range. They were removed from Ohio’s Endangered Species List in 2002.

Full details of open counties, as well as checking and permit requirements, can be found in the Ohio River Otter Trapping Regulations or at www.wildohio.com.

There will be no daily bag limits, with the exception of river otters.

River otter bag limits are dependent on the county where they were trapped.