Cable Restraint Regulations

When used correctly, cable restraint devices hold animals alive and allow trappers to release non-target animals unharmed.

The devices can be used to take furbearers from November 15 through January 31 by trappers who have successfully completed a cable restraint training course, validated by a certified instructor. For information on the training course, see the links below and contact a regional office.

Cable restraint devices MUST:

  • Be made of stranded steel cable, not greater than 5 feet long (not including extension, with a diameter of not less than 5/64 inch and equipped with a commercially manufactured breakaway rated at 350 pounds or less, a relaxing-type lock, a stop device that prevents it from closing to less than 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and an anchor swivel. Note: Compression-type chokes and other mechanically powered springs are prohibited.
  • Have a loop size of 12 inches diameter or smaller when set
  • Have the bottom of the cable loop set at least 6 inches or greater above the ground
  • Be anchored solidly or staked in a location not allowing entanglement
  • Be checked daily.

Cable restraint devices must NOT be:

  • Capable of extending to within 12 inches of a fence
  • Set using a drag
  • Set with a kill-pole
  • Used within 150 feet of any dwelling or driveway leading to a dwelling.

Note: Trappers may not possess live coyotes, red fox, and gray fox after March 15.

Cable Restraint Class Events

Location: MDC NW Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Dr., St. Joseph, MO 64507

Date: Aug 29, 2015 09:00 am - Aug 29, 2015 12:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class, on August 29, 2015, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, held the MDC NW Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Dr., St. Joseph, MO. For more information call 816-271-3100.
Limit 100 students.

Location: MDC Fairgrounds Bldg., MO State Fair, Sedalia, MO

Date: Sep 05, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 05, 2015 12:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on September 5, 2015, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, held at the MDC Fairgrounds Bldg.,Missouri State Fair grounds, Sedalia, MO. For more information call 660-530-5500. Limit 40 students.

Location: Lake City Shooting Range,28505 E. Truman Rd,. Buckner, MO 64016

Date: Sep 08, 2015 05:30 pm - Sep 08, 2015 09:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on September 08, 2015, from 5:30pm - 9:00pm, held at Lake City Shooting Range, 28505 E. Truman Rd., Buckner, MO 64016. For more information call
816-249-3194. Limit 20 students.

Location: MDC Camdenton Office, 783 Thunder Mountain Rd., Camdenton, MO 65020

Date: Sep 12, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 12, 2015 12:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on September 12, 2015, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, held at the MDC Camdenton Office, 783 Thunder Mountain Rd., Camdenton, MO. For more information call
573-774-3490. Limit 50 students.

Location: Sullivan Fire Station 5, 1230 N. Church Rd., Sullivan, MO

Date: Sep 17, 2015 06:00 pm - Sep 17, 2015 09:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on September 17, 2015, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm,at the Sullivan Fire Station 5, 1230 N. Church Rd., Sullivan, MO. For more information call 636-441-4554. Limit 250 students.

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office, 551 Joe Jones Blvd., West Plains, MO 65775

Date: Sep 18, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 18, 2015 12:00 pm

Cable Restraint Classes on September 18, 2015, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, held at the MDC Ozark Regional Office, 551 Joe Jones Blvd., West Plains, MO. For more information call
417-256-7161. Limit 40 students.

Location: MDC Shell-Osage CA;4662 South 2950 Rd., Schell City, MO 64783

Date: Sep 19, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 19, 2015 12:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on September 19, 2015, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, held at Schell-Osage CA;4662 South 2950 Rd.,
Schell City, MO. For more information call 417-432-3414.

Location: MTA Fall Rendezvous,Litton Ag. Center, 10780 LIV 235, Chillicothe, MO 64601

Date: Sep 19, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 19, 2015 12:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on September 19, 2015,from 9:00am - 12:00pm, held at the MTA Fall Rendezvous, Litton Ag Center, 10780 LIV 235, Chillicothe, MO. For more information call
660-646-6122. Limit 40 students.

Location: Northeast Regional Office 3500 South Baltimore Kirksville, MO 63501

Date: Sep 26, 2015 09:00 am - Sep 26, 2015 12:00 pm

No registration required.

For more information contact Daryl Damron at 816-390-7512

Location: Lake City Shooting Range, 28505 E. Truman Rd., Buckner, MO 64016

Date: Oct 02, 2015 05:30 pm - Oct 02, 2015 09:00 pm

Cable Restraint Class on October 02, 2015. from 5:30pm - 9:00pm, held at Lake City Shooting Range,28505 E. Truman Rd., Buckner, MO. For more information call 816-249-3194.
Limit 20 students.

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Refer to the Wildlife Code.