Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that furbearer trapping and hunting seasons are underway. Trappers should note special permit requirements for fisher and marten trapping seasons.
Fisher and marten are medium-sized members of the weasel family, which also includes ermine, mink, and river otters. While fisher have been expanding their range in recent decades, New York’s marten are restricted to the Adirondacks.
Coyote hunting season began Oct. 1 across much of the state, and hunting seasons for other furbearers such as bobcat, raccoon, and fox began on Oct. 25. Season dates and zone boundaries for all furbearers can be found in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide.
Trappers are reminded of changes to trapping regulations for fisher that began in 2016, including the requirement of a special permit, and expanded opportunities for fisher in select Wildlife Management Units in central and western New York. All fisher and marten trappers must obtain a special, free permit from their regional wildlife office, submit a trapping activity log, and submit the skull or jaw from harvested fishers and martens.
To obtain a free fisher or fisher/marten permit, trappers should contact the regional wildlife office or apply by e-mail. Only one fisher or fisher/marten permit is needed to trap these species anywhere in New York where the season is open. Trappers must provide the following information:
DEC ID # (from license or back tag)
Phone or e-mail
Species (fisher or fisher/marten)
If requesting a permit by e-mail, include the county or WMU where you plan to trap fisher and/or marten.
To apply by e-mail: email@example.com; type “Fisher/Marten Permit” in the subject line.
Photo of coyote by Steve Thompson, courtesy USFWS.