Although you may enjoy hunting the really big game animals such as cougars and black bears, sometimes an outdoor enthusiast has to – as comedian Steve Martin is fond of saying – get small. Many furbearing animals, though small in size, can yield trophies which are both beautiful and valuable.
One of the best places to find these furry creatures is Idaho, a state that is best known for its potatoes. The Department of Fish & Game (*DFG*) manages the harvest of the following furbearing species in Idaho:
- Red fox
- River otter
Though it’s fairly easy to catch a spud (they don’t put up much of a fight), there’s a certain amount of skill involved in targeting and trapping one of the species listed above. The goal of any good trapper is the safe, humane capture of the target animal; it’s also essential to avoid destroying their natural habitats when you are going for pelts or trophies.
Besides trapping, the Idaho DFG allows you to hunt badgers, raccoons, red foxes and bobcats. It’s also possible to hunt spotted skunks, ermines and coyotes, all of which have been classified as predatory animals by the state (lynx and wolves are off-limits). The DFG also requires you to purchase your license, tags and permits before you start the hunt, but you can buy these online or over the phone.
If you don’t want to keep your trophy, it is possible to sell the pelts, which can be made into fur coats. No matter what you choose to do with your pelts, trapping is an art that requires patience, timing and spending quite a bit of time in harsh weather. For long hunts, a pair of Baffin Trapper boots can keep your feet warm and dry (they have a comfort rating that starts as low as -76 degrees).
For a chance to really ““ some different types of game animals, Idaho is the place to go.