State unveils draft trapping regulations

Draft regulations for trapping beaver and other Vermont wildlife were published today.

By Guy Page

At a public informational meeting tomorrow night, the public may learn about and comment on proposed trapping regulation changes, including:

  • All base plates must feature a center chain mount with swivel, with free moving chains that allow mobility for animals caught.
  • No foothold trap shall be set on land with a spread of more than 6 ¼ inches.
  • Meat based bait used in conjunction with trapping shall be covered [with brush, leaves, soil, etc.] at the time the trap is set.
  • No meat-based baited, body gripping traps shall be set on the ground, unless enclosed according to specific directions. These traps are allowed underwater and at least five feet above the ground. 
  • No traps set in a designated walking or hiking trail bed on any public land.

These proposals are among the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife’s draft trapping regulations for discussion at a public meeting at White River Valley High School, 223 S. Windsor St. in South Royalton, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 29. The meeting is for informational purposes and no decision will be made.

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    • If you had actual knowledge and experience with foothold – NOT LEGHOLD – traps you would not say that. But the antis have done a very good job demonizing trapping, and you are thoroughly indoctrinated by propaganda. A foothold trap merely holds an animal by its paw for a maximum of 24 hours. I have found animals sleeping while in a foothold trap. I have released fishers from foothold traps that were caught accidentally out of season and watched them scoot off unharmed. I have tested (put my fingers in a foothold trap) and yes, if you stay in it long enough your fingers would go numb, but feeling returns after release…not unlike having my toes frozen while ice skating. I once had a chicken get caught in a foothold trap by its neck (trap was set for a fox preying on my hens) someone let the chickens out without covering the fox set. I freed the chicken, she acted like she’d had a stroke for a couple of days before fully recovering only to be killed by a mink that got into the coop. What do you suppose was worse, getting caught in my foothold trap or slowly bleeding to death while the mink clamped her jugular with its teeth?

  1. How nice, at least the trapped animal will have a length of chain so they can be mobile while in extreme pain. What is wrong with people?

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