Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will offer free beaver trapping permits for the Rock Mill Lake Wildlife Area for the 2013-14 beaver trapping season.

Trappers who wish to trap beaver on Rock Mill Lake Wildlife Area must first obtain a free beaver trapping permit. A permit can be obtained by writing, calling or visiting the Wildlife District One Headquarters at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215, beginning Monday, December 9th, through Monday December 23, 2013. A total of ten beaver trapping permits will be available on a “first-come, first-served basis” until all permits are issued. No permits will be issued after the beaver trapping season begins on December 26, 2013.

The permit will be good for the Rock Mill Lake Wildlife Area only and will be valid for the statewide beaver trapping season which runs from December 26, 2013 through February 28, 2014. Trappers are encouraged to visit Rock Mill Lake prior to the start of the statewide beaver trapping season. Pre-season scouting is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as beaver colonies are not evenly distributed over the Rock Mill Lake Wildlife Area.

Beaver trapping permits will be issued to a specific individual and are non-transferable. The permit allows an assistant to accompany and assist the permittee while beaver trapping at Rock Mill Lake Wildlife Area. No additional beaver trapping permit is required for the permittee’s assistant, although he/she must have a Fur Taker Permit. The assistant may set and run traps, but they may only do so while the permittee is present.

If more information on Ohio’s trapping season, visit the ODNR Division of Wildlife website at wildohio.com.

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