Controlled Trapping Lotteries
Online or Mail-in Applications
The ODNR, Division of Wildlife is conducting the 3rd annual permitted trapping events for beaver and river otter (where allowed) on publicly-managed areas, where beaver trapping is not otherwise allowed. Participation is determined by random drawings. The application period is September 15 through October 15. Applicants may apply online or print an application and mail it in along with all fees. Applications may also be obtained from District offices.
The application fee is $3.00 per event. There are 75 trapping events (locations). Trappers may apply for each event once annually. People who apply more than once per event will be disqualified and forfeit his/her application fee. Independent drawings will be held for each event. Application fees are non-refundable. Applications must be submitted in the name of an adult. Applicants must also hold a current hunting license in order to apply for this trapping lottery. Applications submitted by people who are not properly licensed will be returned along with all application fees.
Drawings will be held in late October. Results will be available by mid-November. Applicants will be notified by U.S. mail of the results. Additionally, each applicant can check his/her Customer Account online to view lottery results for events for which they applied. Trappers chosen to participate may print their permit online, along with any special instructions and maps. The permit to trap applies to the successfully drawn applicant and one (1) named assistant. The assistant may not be changed once named.
Where river otter trapping is allowed, both the permittee and the assistant may trap the legal limit within their Zone. All permitted trappers and assistants must be properly licensed. Beaver Trapping Permits are not transferable. If a successful applicant is not able to trap an area for which he/she was chosen, the permittee must inform the District office so an alternate can be drawn from the pool of applicants. Trappers must complete and turn in a trapping log for each site for which they are permitted. Failure to do so will result in the inability to apply for future trapping lotteries.