Ohio State Trappers Association - Otter Information
Est. 1940 - The nation's third oldest trapper association


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The OSTA holds three fur auctions yearly. For information and prices from our sales, see our Results

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Due to the low number of pelts permitted for harvest, it is essential to know the steps to take to avoid unwanted otter catches. Learn these techniques by clicking on the brochure to the right.
View the complete otter trapping regulations for Ohio by clicking on the pamphlet photo to the right.
Ohio Otter Regulations
Avoid Unwanted Otter Catches

Trapping Permission

Permission for hunting or trapping on private land is a must. Download your copy today so you'll have a handy permission form ready to provide for the landowner on which you trap.

The Buckeye Trapper magazine is available free with every
membership. Published six times yearly.  Learn more about the BT, including advertising or submissions in the Archives.

Buckeye Trapper

Otter trapping on state public hunting areas without a special beaver/otter trapping permit from the Division of Wildlife is prohibited. The Ohio Division of Wildlife will conduct controlled trapping on a number of publicly managed areas. The dates and locations of permitted trapping may change from year to year. Participation is determined by a lottery that is held on the second Saturday of October. These will be held at each ODOW District Headquarters. You must present a valid furtaker permit to at the drawing to be eligible.
April 13, 2024OSTA Region B Spring Meet, Cambridge, OH