MDC proposes expanding furbearer hunting, trapping seasons

MDC is proposing extending current hunting and trapping season for furbearers such as coyotes (pictured) in an effort to provide additional harvest opportunity.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at its Dec. 10 open meeting on proposed regulation changes that would extend current furbearer hunting and trapping seasons for abundant furbearer species.

Furbearers are mammal species that have traditionally been trapped or hunted for their fur, such as coyotes, raccoons, and skunks. Many furbearers are also considered small game species, for which there are small game hunting seasons.

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