Please follow ALL laws and regulations. It is possible for you to lose your trapping privileges by not obeying the laws as well as damage ALL trappers reputation if something happens due to you breaking the law. So please, out of respect for our sport and fellow trappers, know and understand each regulation and follow them. These regulations our made for us and the animals safety.
If anyone has any questions on laws or regulations please ask a TWRA officer, call the Main office in your Region or contact the TFHA President and he will help you in any way possible.
It is now considered a Right by the Constitution of the State of TN to hunt, fish and trap in TN, please do not abuse this RIGHT.
Tennessee Legislature no longer controls the trapping laws/regulations. Rules and regulations is now in control by TWRA.
We have made great strides in our rights to trap in Tennessee with the leaders of this being TFHA member Clarence Dies, John Daniel, TWRA officers and TN Congressmen.
Please see all new regulations below.
A very big thank you to all those involved in getting these changes accomplished!
2020/2021 Trapping regulations
LEGAL TRAPPING DEVICES AND DEFINITIONS
(1). Steel foothold traps used for water sets, must have an exterior jaw measurement of nine (9) inches or less measured at the hinge of the trap. Steel foothold traps used for ground sets must have an exterior jaw measurement of seven (7) inches or less measured at the hinge of the trap. Steel square instant-kill traps must have an exterior jaw measurement of sixteen (16) inches or less measured at the widest point, and steel circular instant-kill traps must have an exterior measurement of twelve (12) inches or less measured at the widest point.
(2). Live traps are legal for taking any species of wildlife listed as having a trapping season. Live traps are defined as those traps that act as a cage after capture.
(3). Steel cable snares having a minimum cable diameter of five sixty-fourths (5/64) of an inch and a maximum cable diameter of three thirtyseconds (3/32) of an inch are legal for all legal furbearer species during the legal trapping season. Spring activated snares other than Collarum snares are prohibited.
(4). Commercially available dog-proof traps, also known as species-specific traps, are legal for trapping
(5). For ground sets, a trapper may use cushionhold traps, laminated jaw traps, offset wide jaw traps, offset laminated jaw traps, and wide jaw traps with an exterior jaw measurement of seven (7) inches or less measured at the hinge point and with a minimum jaw thickness of one-fourth (1/4) of an inch. For ground sets, a trapper may also use doublejaw traps with an exterior jaw measurement of seven (7) inches or less of the upper and lower jaws combined and a minimum jaw thickness of one-fourth (1/4) of an inch. For water sets, a trapper may use cushion-hold traps, laminated jaw traps, offset wide jaw traps, offset laminated jaw traps, and wide jaw traps with an exterior jaw measurement of nine (9) inches or less measured at the hinge point. For water sets, a trapper may also use double-jaw traps with an exterior jaw measurement of nine (9) inches or less of the upper and lower jaws combined.
(6). For trapping purposes, "water set" is defined to mean traps set in water adjacent to and part of streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands, or other water courses and includes floating sets.
(7). Trappers shall mark all traps and snares with their name or TWRA ID number.
(8). Steel traps placed inside a hole, cave, den, hollow log, hollow stump, or any like place shall be placed at least twelve (12) inches inside the entrance of such place, and it is unlawful to place steel traps in the open, except for water sets and trap types listed in paragraph five (5) above.
(9). Lethal sets such as instant kill traps and water set (“drowning”) traps must be inspected every seventy-two (72) hours. All other traps must be inspected every thirty-six (36) hours and any wildlife caught in the traps shall be removed.
(10).For ground sets adjacent to waterways and no more than fifty (50) feet from the shoreline, a trapper may use a 110 body grip trap, or its equivalent, with a maximum exterior jaw measurement of six (6) inches wide by six (6) inches tall. Such a trap shall be a single-spring trap with a factory spring designated for that trap. The lowest point of the trap closest to the ground shall be no more than one-half (1/2) inch above the surface of the ground. The trap shall be used as a non-baited or lured set unless it is set at a minimum of twelve (12) inches inside a hole, den, or cubby.
(11) All traps shall be attached to a stake, drag, or anchor with chain, wire at least sixteen (16)
gauge in size, or cable at least 1 /16 inch in size.