Over the past fifty years in Oklahoma, participation in trapping and the profitability of the fur trade have seen their fair share of peaks and valleys. The Wildlife Department has used regulated trapping to manage some of the state’s natural resources, most notably the reintroductions of white-tailed deer, beaver, and wild turkey populations. Regulations for limits, season, and method of harvest are constantly being monitored and evaluated to ensure the proper management of furbearing species in Oklahoma. Ongoing education and outreach for fur harvesters and wildlife enthusiasts is key to understanding the history, purpose, and role that trapping plays in management.
What once was a cornerstone of trade and subsistence is now a management tool for wildlife professionals, academia, and landowners. The tools of the trade have evolved into regulated, tested, and efficient restraining devices. The market continues to fluctuate on a global scale, but one thing will always remain the same: the need to pair trapping skills with education and dedication to responsible management.
The Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance fosters these skills at their fall convention, held in October, and youth trapper camps, held in December. Get more details about these and other events on the Go Outdoors Oklahoma calendar of events.