Practice Makes Perfect for Hounds During Running Season

No-kill season allows runners and their dogs to sharpen hunting abilities

Mar. 1, opening day of running season, marks the start of an eight-month-long race as hound enthusiasts and their dogs perfect their furbearer-chasing skills. Through Nov. 1, hunters and their dogs can chase – but not take – bobcats, opossums, raccoons, red fox and gray fox.

Hunters can run furbearers 24 hours daily during running season. A furharvester license is required for all runners.

Because no furbearer may be legally killed or taken during running season, it is illegal for runners to possess any firearms or weapons while pursuing furbearers, however certain exceptions apply.

For additional information on furbearer regulations, visit and click “Hunting/Hunting-Regulations/Furbearers.”