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Trapping Seasons

This is not a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year. Refer to the wildlife code. For more information on seasons, visit MDC’s website by clicking here.

 Badger
Badgers are heavy-bodied, medium-sized mammals with a broad head, short neck, short legs and a short bushy tail. The ears are low and rounded. The claws, generally gray with a slight yellowish tinge, on the front feet are very long. The brown face is marked with a white stripe, white patches and vertical black bars. Males and females look alike, although males are heavier.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

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 Beaver & Nutria
A large rodent associated with waterways and wetlands, the beaver has webbed hind feet; a large, relatively hairless, horizontally flattened tail; a blunt head; small eyes and ears; a short neck and a stout body. The color is a uniform dark brown above with lighter underparts and a blackish tail.
Nov. 15, 2015 – March 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

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 Bobcat
Bobcats occur statewide but prefer habitat that is thick and brushy. Second-growth timber stands with a lot of underbrush is perfect for bobcats. Food habits of bobcats are much like the canine predators but bobcats rely more heavily on sight for hunting than smell.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

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 Coyote
Coyotes are abundant and distributed throughout the state of Missouri. They prefer brushy areas, edges of timbered tracts, and open agricultural country found in the northern Missouri. Coyotes are active both day and night, but activity increases in low light conditions.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

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 Groundhog
This common Missouri rodent has short, powerful legs and a medium-long, bushy, and somewhat flattened tail. The long, coarse fur of the back is a grizzled grayish brown with a yellowish or reddish cast. Woodchucks weigh least in spring when they are just out of hibernation and most in fall prior to hibernation.
May. 11, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015 Daily limit: Any number

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 Mink
Adults are almost entirely brown. The mink is one of few mammals in which males are larger than females. Musk glands in the anal region secrete a strong odor considered by many to be more obnoxious than that of either weasel or skunk.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

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 Opossum
Opossums are medium-sized mammals with long, rather coarse, grayish-white (sometimes darker) fur; a sharp, slender muzzle with a pink nose; prominent, thin, naked ears; a white or yellowish-white head; short legs; and a long, grasping tail covered with scales and scant hairs. Males and females look alike, although mature females possess a fur-lined belly pouch for carrying young, and adult males in particular often have damaged ears and tail tips due to freezing.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

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 Otter & Muskrat
River otters are well suited to life in the water. They have streamlined bodies, webbed feet and long, tapered tails. Their ears and nose close when they go underwater. Dense, oily fur and heavy layers of body fat insulate them in the water. Muskrats are a medium-sized mammal that has short front legs with small feet, stronger hind legs with large feet, and a vertically flattened, scaly tail. The hind feet are partially webbed.
Nov. 15, 2015 – February 20, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

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 Rabbit
Of the two rabbit species that may be hunted in Missouri, the eastern cottontail is the most common. Cottontails are well distributed throughout Missouri, and they provide fun, challenging hunting opportunities to novice and experienced hunters alike. Swamp rabbits are a little larger than cottontails with shorter, rounder ears, and the tops of the hind feet are reddish-brown.
Oct. 1, 2015 – Feb. 15, 2016 Daily limit: 6, only 2 may be swamp

Possession limit: 12, only 4 may be swamp

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 Raccoon
Raccoons are a medium-sized mammal with a noticeable black mask over the eyes and a ringed tail. Males and females look alike, although males are heavier. Raccoons can weigh between 6 and 25 pounds. They prefer timbered habitat near water. They are also common sights in urban and suburban areas. They make dens in hollow trees, caves, rocky crevices, and abandoned woodchuck burrows, among other places.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

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 Striped Skunk
A cat-sized mammal with a prominent long-haired tail. The fur is black, usually with a white stripe running down the head and dividing to become two stripes on each side of the body. Often smelled before they are seen, skunks produce an obnoxious scent upon provocation.
Nov. 15, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

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 Squirrel
In Missouri, hunters may pursue two species of tree squirrels — fox squirrels, often called “red squirrels,” and eastern gray squirrels. Fox squirrels are the larger of the two species. They tend to be found near the edges of timber stands, in isolated woodlots and open woods without much understory, along timbered ridges and uplands, and even in hedgerows. Grays are more likely to occur in extensive tracts of forest and bottomlands, but it’s not unusual to find both species using the same area.
May 23, 2015 – Feb. 15, 2016 Daily limit: 10

Possession limit: 20

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