2004 Wildlife Code Changes
than No. 4. During the youth-only and muzzleloader portions statewide and the Urban portion in open units, deer permittees may only use methods allowed for deer, and small game permittees may only use methods allowed for small game. Other restrictions may apply on public lands. Resident landowners or lessees as defined in the Wildlife Code may take feral hogs on their own property at any time, by any method and without permit.
EXPANDED SQUIRREL SEASON
Squirrels may be taken from the fourth Saturday in May through Feb. 15. Previously, squirrel season ended on Jan. 15.
USE OF LIGHTS
Wildlife, except for raccoons or other furbearing animals when treed with the aid of dogs, may not be searched for, spotlighted, located, harassed or disturbed in any manner with the aid of an artificial light, headlight or spotlight from any roadway, whether public or private, or in any field, woodland or forest, by any person acting singly or as one of a group of persons.
Any person releasing dogs on a hound running area shall have in his/her possession a valid Small Game Hunting Permit. The old Hound Running Area User Permit has been discontinued.
Dog training areas shall be a single tract of land not more than 40 acres in size. Formerly, dog training areas could be a single tract of land not larger than 20 acres.
Legally taken and possessed furbearers may be purchased by licensed taxidermists or tanners only for mounting or tanning, and only mounted or tanned specimens may be sold.
NEW! Resident Cable Restraint Permit. Furbearers may be taken by trapping through the use of cable restraint devices from Dec. 15 through Feb. 15, by holders of a Cable Restraint Permit ($25). Before obtaining the permit, applicants must possess a valid Trapping Permit and complete a cable restraint training course, conducted by a certified instructor. A full definition of a cable restraint device can be found in the Wildlife Code.
Otter Management. Except in Otter Management Zone E, killer or Conibear-type traps with a jaw spread less than 8 inches and foothold traps with an inside width at the jaw post less than 6 inches are prohibited in water sets after Feb. 15. The area covered by Otter Zone E was expanded in 2003.
Extended furbearer season. Seasons for badger, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, opossum, raccoon, striped skunk is from Nov. 15, 2004 through Feb. 15, 2005. Beavers may be trapped from