River Otter Harvest Quota

The river otter trapping season opens October 15 in the Southeast Region, October 22 in the Upper Snake and Salmon Trapping Regions, and November 1 in the Panhandle, Clearwater, Southwest and Magic Valley Trapping Regions.

The map at the bottom of this page shows the counties within each trapping region; county descriptions are located near the map. The table below displays the status of each region for the current trapping season.

 

River Otter Quota Status

Updated: February 24, 2021
Trapping Region Harvest Quota Otters Harvested Harvest Quota Remaining Status Season Dates
Panhandle 45 35 10 Open Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2021
Clearwater 20 7 13 Open Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2021
Southwest 20 20 0 CLOSED February 24, 2021
Magic Valley 30 22 8 Open Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2021
Southeast 15 2 13 Open Oct 15 - Mar 31, 2021
Upper Snake 15 11 4 Open Oct 22 - Mar 31, 2021
Salmon 15 5 10 Open Oct 22 - Mar 31, 2021
TOTALS 160 102 58    
The river otter season will close in each region 72 hours after the harvest quota for that region is reached. Trappers will be allowed to keep otters within this 72-hour period provided their personal quota of 3 has not been filled. Please call 1-800-323-4334 for the most up-to-date information on harvest limits and closures.

 

Trapping Regions
  • Panhandle - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties.
  • Clearwater - Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties.
  • Southwest - Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties.
  • Magic Valley - Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.
  • Southeast - Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties.
  • Upper Snake - Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison and Teton counties.
  • Salmon - Custer and Lemhi counties.

Idaho trapping regional boundaries.
Species: 
Northern River Otter (Lontra canadensis)