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Trapper education courses offered
May 15, 2017
By Mike Demick
IDFG Conservation Information Supervisor

Beginning 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 who 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. Those who have taken only a wolf trapping education course are not exempt and must take the Idaho trapper education course.

Four courses will be offered in June including:

Coeur d’ Alene: (two courses) - June 2, 8 am to 5 pm; June 3, 8 am to 5 pm; Both courses will be offered at Fish and Game Office, 2885 W Kathleen Avenue
Idaho Falls: June 7, 8, and 9, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and June 10, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Fish and Game Office, 4279 Commerce Circle
Nampa: June 16, 6 pm to 9 pm, and June 17, 9 am to 5 pm, Sportsman's Warehouse, 16865 North Market Place

Participants must be at least nine years of age and can register at any Fish and Game office or online by clicking the trapper education link at

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.

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 pelt preparation.

Taught by experienced trappers and Fish and Game employees, the course is a mixture of classroom instruction and field experiences. While new trappers will learn a great deal in the class, experienced trappers can benefit as well.

Courses are scheduled periodically and more will be available as seasons draw closer. For more information regarding courses offered in your area, contact your nearest Fish and Game office.
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