River Otter Harvest Quota

The river otter trapping season opens October 22 in the Southeast, 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: March 26, 2020
Trapping Region Harvest Quota Otters Harvested Harvest Quota Remaining Status Season Dates
Panhandle 40 40 0 Closed February 13, 2020
Clearwater 20 20 0 Closed February 4, 2020
Southwest 20 20 0 Closed January 28, 2020
Magic Valley 30 18 12 Open Nov 1 - Mar 15, 2020
Southeast 15 10 5 Open Oct 22 - Mar 15, 2020
Upper Snake 15 9 6 Open Oct 22 - Mar 15, 2020
Salmon 15 15 0 Closed March 6, 2020
TOTALS 155 132 23    
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 2 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)