Trapping at Atterbury-Muscatatuck


The goals of furbearer management at Atterbury-Muscatatuck are to reduce or eliminate nuisance populations in a manner consistent with land use and training objectives and to ensure that healthy populations continue to exist so that they are appreciated for the aesthetic and ecological values. Furbearer trapping within the training areas is conducted during legal trapping seasons to allow opportunities for utilization of the animal. Legal trapping includes a variety of species such as fox, coyote, mink, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, and skunk. Furbearer trapping encourages public opportunities for furbearer trapping as well as overall population control. 


2022/2023 Season Harvest Recap

During the 2022/2023 season, trappers recorded a total of 2 furbearers harvested at Atterbury-Muscatatuck. The chart to the right shows the breakdown of harvest by game species and their percentage of the total harvest.


Otter Trapping at Atterbury-Muscatatuck

All trapping done at Atterbury-Muscatatuck must follow all applicable state regulations. Otter trapping at Camp Atterbury is only permitted in Johnson and Bartholomew counties, so before you go trapping make sure that the training area you wish to trap in is in the proper county. Trappers have a bag limit of two otters per trapper per season, but there is also a statewide maximum of 750 otters for the season. If the statewide quota is reached before the March 15 end of season, the season will close. The most current harvest numbers for river otters can be found through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources river otter harvest.

2023/2024 Season Otter Harvest

Camp Atterbury: 0                               State: 569


Beavers at Atterbury-Muscatatuck 

Historically damage caused by beavers had become significant in many of the bottomland timber stands, as well as in bottomlands that are regenerating to forest at Camp Atterbury. This damage occurs as trunk girdling, tree felling, and flooding, all of which result in limited access to areas and the mortality of species intolerant to flooding. Temporary control of nuisance beavers has been achieved in the past through trapping, and it has been an effective tool for controlling furbearers on the installation.