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Furbearer Hunting and Trapping

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Please see the current Hunting and Trapping Digest for Furbearer Hunting and Trapping regulations, season dates, and more.

In Illinois, 14 species are classified as furbearers, all of which can be legally hunted and/or trapped. More than 75 state, federal and international laws apply to the hunting and trapping of furbearers in Illinois. Such laws set standards for animal welfare and place limits on hunting and trapping so that animals are not endangered by these activities. For more information on Illinois Furbearers, visit our Furbearer Guide here.

Successful Bobcat Hunters Reminder: A CITES tag must be purchased within 48 hours of harvesting a bobcat by going to the catalog at ExploreMore IL™ - Home and purchasing a Bobcat Pelt Tag (privilege code 306).  If you have difficulties doing so, please send us an email.

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