Species Specific Regulations
Muskrat huts may be opened to insert traps or cable devices. However, huts must be restored to their approximate original condition to prevent freeze-up.
Traps – Beginning March 16, colony traps must be under at least 2 inches of water and trapping on the outside of any muskrat house or structure is prohibited; traps may be placed completely inside a muskrat house or structure of any size; except when used on float sets, foothold traps must be submerged under water at all times or have a protective covering; body-gripping traps used in a water set can have no more than 2 inches of the trap above water or a protective covering.
Beginning May 1, float sets must have a protective covering.
Cable devices – Mink and muskrat may be captured statewide using legal cable devices. Beginning March 16, using cable devices on the outside of any muskrat house or structure of any size is prohibited.
Firearms, archery equipment – Mink and muskrat may be hunted statewide with rimfire cartridges of .22 caliber or smaller, muzzleloaders of .45 caliber or smaller or legal archery equipment.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, along with the North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association, recommends that all traps be visually inspected and all captured animals be removed at no greater than 48-hour intervals, and that rubber gloves be worn for skinning and handling of all furbearers.