COLUMBUS, Ohio – The application period for controlled beaver and river otter trapping opportunities on Ohio’s public lands during the 2020-2021 season begins Thursday, Oct. 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The application period is open until Thursday, Oct. 15.
Special permits are awarded for select areas to provide opportunities for Ohio’s trappers. Interested individuals may apply for these trapping permits using Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System at wildohio.gov.
See the complete list of beaver and river otter trapping opportunities in the 2020-2021 Controlled Hunting Opportunities booklet. A nonrefundable fee of $3 applies per entry. Because of social distancing requirements, controlled trapping applications will only be accepted online or by phone for the 2020-2021 season. No in-person drawings will be available this year.
All applicants are required to possess a valid Ohio hunting license and fur taker permit. Customers without internet access may call 1-866-703-1928 and apply by phone. There is an additional $5.50 service fee to apply for the phone option.
Beaver and river otter trapping lotteries are grouped by region; trappers may only apply in only one region. Find more information at wildohio.gov on the Controlled Hunting and Trapping page.
Trappers will be randomly drawn from submitted applications. Selected applicants will be notified by email by Monday, Oct. 19. The application status is also available on the customer’s account through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System.
The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.