New trappers encouraged to complete education
April 4, 2017
By Mike Demick
IDFG Conservation Information Supervisor
Beginning on July 1, 2018, every trapper who
purchased their first trapping license after
June 30, 2011 will be required to attend and
pass a mandatory trapper education course before
they can purchase an Idaho trapping license.
Trappers that have successfully passed and are
certified through the Idaho voluntary trapper
education course, or other equivalent courses
from other states or countries, are exempt, but
new trappers will be required to take the
course, starting in 2018. People who have taken
only a wolf trapping education course are not
exempt and must take the Idaho trapper education
“Trapping is a learned skill, and our course
helps trappers learn the best tools, methods,
and locations for catching their intended
quarry,” said Bill Seybold, Idaho Fish and
Game’s Trapper Education Coordinator. “But
responsible trapping is critical, and this
course teaches trappers how to avoid catching
non-target animals, as well as how to minimize
their potential impacts on other
The course covers basic trapping techniques with
a strong focus on safety and ethical trapper
behavior. Selecting safe and responsible trap
set locations is emphasized throughout. Other
topics include furbearer behavior and
management, trapping regulations, equipment
selection and maintenance, avoiding non-target
catches, and care of captured animals.
Courses are taught by experienced trappers and
Fish and Game employees, and are a mixture of
classroom instruction and field experience.
While new trappers will learn a great deal in
the class, experienced trappers can benefit as
Courses are scheduled periodically and more will
be available as seasons draw closer. Watch the
Fish and Game website for upcoming classes at
https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education, and click
on the trapper education link.
Participants must be at least 9 years of age and
can register at any Fish and Game office or
online. Space is limited and registration is
required. Registering at a Fish and Game office
costs $8. Online registration by credit card
requires an added convenience fee of $1.75.
For more information regarding trapper education
courses offered in your area, please contact
your nearest Fish and Game office.
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