Trap Free Montana

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization

Promoting education, the best available science, and non-lethal alternatives to trapping that foster responsible stewardship and respectful coexistence with wildlife.

Trapping is not Hunting

  • Hunting is strictly regulated and hunters are generally penalized for shooting the wrong species. Hunters have a season, wear orange, have a bag limit, and are not allowed to bait animals.
  • Hunters are not permitted to leave their guns set unattended ready to shoot. In Montana it is illegal to leave a fishing pole unattended. A trapper can set and leave as many traps and snares as they choose. Trappers tell FWP they set 50,000 traps. 
  • Training is not mandated for trappers, except for legally trapping wolves attendance at a half day class is required.
  • Montana residents do not need to purchase a $29 trapping license except to trap furbearers and wolves. The traps do not discriminate whether they are set by a licensed or non-purchaser.
  • Less than 1% of Montanans purchase a trapping license, 6,000 approximated.  This does not cover the salaries and benefits of the Montana furbearer division.   
  • Trappers do not need to report their "Incidental" non-target catches, including rare and protected species if the trapper deems they can be released "unharmed".
  • Records are absent or incomplete of the number of trapped wildlife including protected species, family pets.
  • No provisions exclude all species from being trapped or snared, costing us losses in game species, pets, and protected species. Costing us lawsuits as well.
  • Unlike guns and ammo, there is no excise tax on traps.
  • Trapping is legal year round in Montana.
  • While our public lands and our wildlife are our most valuable assets, Montana has one of the worst score cards in the country for trapping regulations. This facilitates some trapper's attitude of self serving entitlement and results in a child like tantrum to anything that threatens it.
  • Trapping commercializes our wildlife which is a violation of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model that wildlife management in Montana is supposedly based upon.

    What Hunters Think of Trapping

    June 2, 2016

    FWP Wildlife Commissioners, I hunt. I fish. I travel and I spend money. And I love Montana. The trout of the Big Horn. The wild turkeys. The elk. the deer. I know them well. The commercial trapping of predators for their fur, which is sold for cash, is NOT hunting and the fact that this is allowed, to benefit a tiny fraction of your population, is hurting your state more than you know. Profit is the motivation, not meat for the freezer. The mechanics of the equipment used mean suffering and pain versus the "quick kill" ethical hunters strive for. Makes me sick. As you make your decisions regarding trapping, know that the world is watching and we care. As a hunter, I care. Thank you!

    Trapping isn't hunting - it's needless torture    Bob Quarteroni
    "Never, ever, will I forget the soul-rending wails of pain. "

    Pressure for trap reform is growing in the U.S. and for very good reasons!

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Trap Free Montana

PO Box 335

Hamilton, Montana 59840

Phone: 406-218-1170

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