Ohio State Trappers Association - Otter Information
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Otter trapping on state public hunting areas without a special beaver/otter trapping permit from the Division of Wildlife is prohibited. The Ohio Division of Wildlife will conduct controlled trapping on a number of publicly managed areas. The dates and locations of permitted trapping may change from year to year. Participation is determined by computer-generated random drawings. The application period is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Drawing results will be available in late October, and permits and related instructions will be mailed in November to successful applicants. Applications will be accepted online only. In most areas, permits will allow for both river otter and beaver trapping; however, some permits may be limited to beaver only
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Due to the low number of pelts permitted for harvest, it is essential to know the steps to take to avoid unwanted otter catches. Learn these techniques by clicking on the brochure to the right.
View the complete otter trapping regulations for Ohio by clicking on the pamphlet photo to the right.
Ohio Otter Regulations
Avoid Unwanted Otter Catches
Permission for hunting or trapping on private land is a must. Download your copy today so you'll have a handy permission form ready to provide for the landowner on which you trap.
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