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TRAPPING

NOTICE TO TRAPPERS (Effective 1 Aug 2017 for the 2017-2018 trapping season):

Due to unethical behavior and illegal activity, access for trapping on Fort Drum is restricted to only those individuals selected through the volunteer nuisance-trapping program.

Each trapper selected for the nuisance-trapping program will be allowed exclusive access to designated areas of Fort Drum to trap any species during the regular trapping season, but must be available to handle nuisance situations (i.e. beaver)when requested by Fort Drum during any time of the year. 

Trapping seasons, harvest limits, and other regulations on Fort Drum are still in accordance with New York State Trapping Laws, and Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation (unofficial version updated 1 Aug 2017). Fort Drum is Wildlife Management Unit 6H. Harvested furbearers should be reported in accordance with NYSDEC Trapping Regulations.

The following are Volunteer Nuisance Trapper guidelines and application for those interested in applying. Trappers interested in applying can contact the installation's Natural Resources Branch at 315-772-0053 for more information.

 

Beaver Management

Beaver activity is an important management issue that Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management Program is responsible for on a day-to-day basis. The abundance of wetlands and extensive food sources provide habitat for beaver throughout Fort Drum. Beaver activity in some parts of the installation has the potential to cause adverse impacts to roads and military training areas.

 

To try and reach a balance of maintaining beaver within the ecosystem, yet managing beaver activity to mitigate adverse affects to the military mission, beaver management is currently focused on the following: (1) Trying to optimize beaver harvest during the regulated trapping season; (2) breaching dams, clearing culverts, and/or installing beaver tubes or water-control devices in areas of repeated problem beaver activity and flooding; and (3) removal of beaver outside the recreational trapping season based on complaints. On average, approximately 30 culverts are cleaned, 10 dams are breached or removed, and 98 beavers are trapped and removed at 16 sites per year.

The Fish and Wildlife Management Program has a Nuisance Trapping Program whereby volunteers are utilized primarily to trap beavers in nuisance situations in restricted areas. Since 2006, USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services has also been contracted periodically to trap beaver in particularly difficult and/or low density situations, and will continue to be utilized in the future.

Furbearer Harvest Statistics

Season  Beaver Otter  Bobcat Fisher Coyote 
 1998 - 1999  443 8 0  4 1
 1999 - 2000  714  47  1  0  2
 2000 - 2001  510  48  1  2  0
 2001 - 2002  470  30  0  4  8
 2002 - 2003  133  21  1  4  3
 2003 - 2004  479  51  3  14  8
 2004 - 2005  280  31  0  12  7
 2005 - 2006  335 17  0  3  0
 2006 - 2007  444  37  2  11  0
 2007 - 2008  308  32  3  2  *
 2008 - 2009  482  51  4 9  *
 2009 - 2010  442 32  8  6  *
 2010 - 2011  *  42  5  9  *
 2011 - 2012  *  38  5  8  *
 2012 - 2013  *  30 7  10  *
 2013 - 2014  * 22 6  1  *
Numbers are based on sealed pelts by NYSDEC.
* = denotes pelts that are no longer required to be sealed.