Traps, Spring Guns, and Snares

Section 210:11

    210:11 Setting Traps. –
I. No person shall set, arrange or tend any trap upon any land or from the shores of any waters of which he is not the owner or occupant, except such traps as may be placed under water from a boat or canoe or through the ice on any public body of water as defined in RSA 271:20 or on the following named rivers, Androscoggin, Ammonoosuc, Ashuelot, Bear Camp, Contoocook, Connecticut, Cocheco, Exeter, Lamprey, Mascoma, Merrimack, Merrymeeting, Islinglass, Pemigewasset, Pine, Saco, Soucook, Suncook, Winnipesaukee and their navigable tributaries, until he has secured from the owner or occupant a permit in writing signed by said owner or occupant, and until he shall have filed with the conservation officer in whose district said person is going to trap, a copy thereof, together with a description of the land on which trapping is to be done. Navigable tributary as used in this section shall be defined as those waters from the mouth of said tributary to a point upstream where a person can row a boat or paddle a canoe when the water in the stream is in its ordinary condition.
II. All metal traps shall have the name of the person setting them, either stamped or engraved in a legible and permanent manner on the trap or on a durable tag securely affixed to the metal trap or chain holding said trap.
III. No person shall set or arrange any trap in a public way, cart road or path commonly used as a passageway by human beings or domestic animals.
IV. The executive director, with the approval of the commissioner of the department of transportation in the case of Class I, II or III highways, and of the municipality in the case of Class IV, V or VI highways, is authorized to issue special permits allowing the setting of traps for a specified period of time and in a specific location under or in the vicinity of bridges or in artificial or natural ditches or drainage systems or in the vicinity of any combination of such within the limits of the right-of-way of any public highway if such trapping is desirable to protect the highway.

Source. 1935, 124:4. 1937, 188:15a. 1939, 125:1. RL 244:12. 1951, 195:1. RSA 210:11. 1975, 12:1. 1977, 24:1. 1979, 49:1. 2004, 257:34, eff. June 15, 2004.