(Area) Trapping season in Iowa is now open. It started Saturday and is expected to be a very popular activity this year.
Brian Hayes with the Iowa DNR Office in Lewis says a record 326,000 raccoons were harvested in the state last year. That’s because the market for fur is very good.
"Our markets for our fur hear in Iowa extend into Asia and Europe so our fur bearer biologist is anticipating those markets will be about the same as last year."
Hayes adds that muskrat, fox, and wild mink furs have brought higher prices in recent years. The bobcat and river otter quotas have each risen. The bobcat quota jumped from
350 to 450. River otter increased to 850.
"We started out both of those seasons really restrictive and all indications are that those species are still on the increase in the state so we can start to lift some of those restrictions on our trappers."