Arguably the most expensive and profitable hunting activity is trapping fur bearers.  It’s a game of patience though and there are a lot of technicalities. Always make sure your traps are legal and the animals that require tagging (like bobcat and otter) are tagged properly, wardens and properly registered check points can help you with this.

Regulations

Always, and we mean always check the regulations for description on legal traps, trap marking and tagging, and animal tagging.  You can find Oklahoma regulations here http://www.eregulations.com/oklahoma/hunting/furbearer-regulations/ . Remember to always stay up to date and ask a warden for clarification on any point you don’t understand. Never take another persons interpretation as correct.

Checking/tagging

Many people choose to freeze their bobcat and otter and that’s a great way to preserve them until sale, but if you choose to do so before having them tagged here are some tips!  First of all before freezing cut a 1/2 inch slot from gum line to the eye and insert a spacer that can be removed easily. Second you will want to partially thaw your animal before taking them to a tagging station, this will help them get you in and out quickly and very little fuss.

Sale

Many of the fur buyers prefer that you do not skin the animal first, freezing will keep the hide from decomposing while you wait for a chance to sell them.  Always check regulations on interstate sales before attempting to sell hides outside of the state, this will save you a ton on legal fees!

So happy trapping and remember even though the regulations can be a pain, staying legal will save you a lot of trouble!

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