Trappers are some of the biggest champions of wildlife conservation in Illinois. There are more than 3,000 licensed trappers in the state.
Regulated hunting and trapping play important roles in the ecology and conservation of Illinoisâ€™ furbearers - mammals that are hunted and trapped primarily for fur.
This website focuses specifically on regulated hunting and trapping as beneficial ways to manage Illinois furbearers.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages and regulates hunting and trapping. DNR ensures that these activities are safe, efficient and practical. In this manner, hunting and trapping provide recreational and economic opportunities for Illinois residents while helping to maintain a balance between the needs of people and wildlife.
Hunting and trapping are highly regulated.
Hunting and trapping are controlled through strict, scientifically based regulations. These regulations are enforced by Illinois state conservation police officers. >> more
Hunting and trapping are allowed only for abundant wildlife.
Regulated hunting and trapping do not cause wildlife to become endangered. >> more
Hunting and trapping benefit people and wildlife.
Regulated hunting and trapping provide many benefits to society, especially to maintain a balance between wildlife and people. >> more
Hunting and trapping are as humane as possible.
Illinois DNR continually reviews and develops rules, regulations and education programs to ensure that hunting and trapping are as humane as possible. >> more
Hunters and trappers care about wildlife.
Hunters and trappers support wildlife laws and regulations because they care about the welfare of wildlife. Through license fees and special taxes, they contribute more than $16 million annually to help pay for Illinois wildlife conservation. These contributions benefit everyone who enjoys nature. >> more