Indiana River Otter Trapping
The 2019-2020 river otter trapping season closed on February 3, 2020. Licensed trappers have 48 hours after the season closes to report any river otters caught to the CheckIN Game system. See below for registration information.
River Otter Trapping Season
The river otter trapping season is from Nov. 15 through March 15, or until the quota is met. The seasonal bag limit is two otters per person. There is a maximum of 600 otters for the season. If the 600 quota is reached before March 15, the season will close early. A valid Indiana trapping license is required to set traps for river otters.
Federal law requires each otter pelt to be tagged before it is sold. A two-step registration system has been set up to collect harvest information, tag river otters, and gather biological data (see below).
Mandatory River Otter Registration
Step 2: Successful trappers must skin the otter and separate the pelt from the carcass before registering the pelt with a designated Indiana DNR employee or official Indiana DNR river otter check station. You must present the skinned river otter carcass, including the head, and pelt for physical registration and CITES tagging within 15 days after the month of harvest.
For physical registration of river otter, successful trappers should attempt to take their otter to an authorized check station.
Where not convenient or practical, a trapper may contact the Division of Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 to request a time to meet with a Conservation Officer. Trappers will be asked and expected to provide the county in which they would like to meet an officer. An appointment will be made with an officer, but may not be the same day the appointment was requested. When selecting this option for physical registration, please plan accordingly to ensure all otter pelts are tagged within 15 days after the month of harvest.
Additional River Otter Trapping Information
- River Otter Trapping Regulations
- Map of Indiana counties open to river otter harvest
- River Otter Trapping Season FAQs
- River Otter Trapping Season Dates
- Indiana Trapping Page
- River Otter Avoidance Techniques
- Harvest Summary Report
Current reported otter take:
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