Chapter Meeting:
Second Wednesday of each month
6:00 pm in Ellsworth

Cure your cabin fever by coming to our next trapping meeting. They are now held on the second Wednesday of each month (except November) at 6:00pm in the upstairs meeting room at Ellsworth City Hall.

Do you think that you may want to start trapping? Come by and meet some of the friendliest trappers in the State of Maine.

Important Reminder:
License Renewal

Don't forget to purchase your annual trapping license. Licenses expire June 30 every year.

Summary of Trapping Laws

The annual trapping summary is very well put together with clear descriptions and great illustrations.

There are always important changes that will affect trappers throughout the state. Click on the image below to open the document in a new tab. The trapping summary is posted when it becomes available each year.

How To Avoid Lynx While Trapping In Maine


​Trapper Education Classes

     A trapper education course teaches participants how to responsibly trap furbearing animals and provides a foundation of knowledge upon which to build. Topics in the 10 hour course include proper trapping equipment and use, responsible trap setting, the importance of good wildlife management practices, and habits and traits of furbearers. 

​Important Trapping Information 

Keep up to date on important rule changes.

New – Mandatory Tooth Submission Required for Bobcat, Otter, Fisher, and Marten.

New – Design Requirements for Exclusion Devices

New – Beaver Seasons and Closures

New -  Electronic Fur Tagging & Trapper Surveys

​Information From Maine IF&W

     The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W) has done a great job compiling useful information for all trappers. Check out changes for this year. Click to learn more.

Constructing a Lynx Exclusion Device for 120 Sized Traps



Landowners Of Maine Deserve Respect! 
Constructing a Lynx Exclusion Device for 220 Sized Traps
IF&W Letter to Trappers 2016
IF&W Trapper Mailing 2016

“To the man that has never followed the trails of the traplines, I can only say, “You have missed much” You will find him rich in health, happiness, and the things of life that are most worthwhile, and mellow with the memories of a life well spent in God’s great, clean outdoors…Ah, for the life of a millionaire, say some-but just let me stay a trapper.”   ~ Bill Nelson

© 2016 by Union River Trappers, Maine Trappers Association