For the landowners across the Carolinas, more than a dozen furbearing animals cause problems to game species, forests, farm fields and other types of wildlife habitat. Even though foxes, coyotes, beavers and wild hogs rank at the top of the watch list, several others cause havoc to native wildlife species and their sensitive habitats. Often, the first reaction for a landowner is to grab a rifle or steel trap and quickly take care of these pesky animals. However, the regulations for trapping and shooting these species vary from county to county and species to species.

The rules and regulations for trapping and shooting furbearers are the most-complicated set hunters will have to deal with. For every regulation, there are at least two exceptions, so check with respect to the county, weapon or trap type and species. Also, several different kinds of special permits might be required. For instance, a special permit is required in North Carolina before busting a beaver lodge or dam.

While seasons will vary somewhat, trapping season for furbearers is over the winter months, but, that is for most animals. In North Carolina, the trapping season for furbearers varies by species and by county that is regulated by the North Carolina General Assembly. Each county is different, and trappers must review these regulations before carrying out a trap line for foxes, coyotes, or any other furbearing species.

Again, there are many exceptions to the rule when a species is considered a nuisance species, such as coyotes, beavers and feral hogs. In most counties, you can legally take these three animals by shooting any time of the year as long as they are on private land with permission from the landowner.

Before going on any hunting or trapping expeditions for nuisance animals, check local regulations and follow them.