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Nov. 7, 2023Des Moines, Iowa |  By: Jeremy Werner

Fur trapping season underway in Iowa


DES MOINES, Iowa - The 2023-24 trapping season began this past Saturday in Iowa and state Department of Natural Resources officials are expecting a robust furbearer population statewide.

Officials believe that because of stability or increases in most species, except for muskrats and gray fox. With drier conditions impacting water sources, trappers may need to adapt their methods.

Raccoons are gaining popularity among novice trappers due to their abundance. Notably, the regular fur harvest season has been extended to close next year on February 28.

Despite a weak fur market, officials are encouraging experienced trappers to share their knowledge and experiences with beginners.

Nearly 15,300 Iowans purchased a furharvester license in 2022 and that number has been fairly stable over the past seven years.