St. Lawrence County Trapper's Association



...believe that the key to a strong future is the investments we make today in our youths. We do all we can to instill values and good memories, education and learned skills, so that the foundation is there to build on, with independence, later. The chance to teach young and old through example happens everyday, staying better informed we can see clearer, the path for the years to come.

Code OF Trapping Ethics

1. Know and obey trapping laws and assist in their enforcement by reporting violations.

2. Improve you knowledge of furbearers, their ecology and management and improved trapping and fur handling methods.

3. Respect landowner's rights and always obtain permission before trapping on private lands.

4. Be aware of other people using the outdoors and avoid interference with their activities.

5. Be aware of free-ranging domestic animals and avoid trapping where there is a high risk of catching them.

6. Know and use sselective and humane trapping sets with appropriate trap types and sizes.

7. Don't set more traps than YOU can effectively handle.

8. Cover all foothold traps set on land.

9.When trapping muskrat, always use body-gripping traps, guarded foothold traps or submersion sets.

10. Use body-gripping traps or submersion sets with sliding locks for all beaver and otter sets.

11. Anchor traps securely enough to hold the largest potential catch.

12. Check all traps daily and as early in the day as possible.

13. Dispose of animal carcasses properly to avoid offending other people.

14. Support trapping, trapper training and furbearer management and research.

15. Report diseased animals.

16. Make an effort to trap any areas where furbearer populations are overabundant or are creating a nuisance.

17. Know and use proper releasing and killing methods.