Definitions

FUR-BEARING ANIMALS
badgers, beavers, fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, otter, raccoon, ring-tailed cat, skunk and civet cat (spotted skunk).
COYOTES and BOBCATS
are not classed as fur-bearing animals and are not subject to these regulations; however, see BOBCAT PELT tagging requirements and RABIES QUARANTINE described in other sections of this pamphlet.
DEPARTMENT
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
CARCASS
The body of a dead fur-bearing animal, with or without the hide attached.
COMMERCIAL HARVEST
The take of a fur-bearing animal under a trapping license during the season for commercial harvest.
DEPREDATION
Loss of, or damage to, agricultural crops, livestock, poultry, wildlife or personal property.
FINISHED PRODUCT
The tanned pelt of a fur-bearing animal or any part of a fur-bearing animal (or its resulting products) that has been treated to prevent decomposition (by means other than refrigeration or freezing) and/or packaged for sale. A dried pelt is not a finished product.
LAWFUL ARCHERY EQUIPMENT
The longbow, recurved bow and compound bow.
NUISANCE FUR-BEARING ANIMAL
A fur-bearing animal that is depredating or a threat to human health or safety.
TRAPPER
A person who takes a fur-bearing animal or the pelt of a fur-bearing animal.
PELT
The untanned, green or dried hide or skin of a fur-bearing animal, whether or not the hide or skin is attached to the carcass.
RECREATIONAL HARVEST
The take of a fur-bearing animal at any time under a hunting license or under a trapper's license outside of the season for commercial harvest.
SALE
Includes barter and other transfers of ownership for consideration.
TAKE
The act of snaring, trapping, shooting, killing or capturing by any means and includes an attempt to take.
PLACE OF BUSINESS
A place where fur-bearing animals or their pelts are sold, received, transported, possessed or purchased, and includes a vehicle used by a trapper, wholesale fur buyer and fur-bearing animal propagator.

Contact Information:

For other information concerning hunting and fishing regulations, parks, wildlife or other subjects related to TPWD, call our toll-free number: (800) 792-1112 during regular business hours.

At any time of the day, a person may call toll-free (800) 792-GAME(4263) to report a violation of the state's game and fish laws. A reward may be offered to eligible callers who provide information which leads to a conviction.

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