LANSING?-A trapper education course is now being offered online for Michigan residents who are interested in trapping furbearing animals.
The course is not a requirement in Michigan, but the Department of Natural Resources and the conservation community strongly encourage new trappers to take advantage of the knowledge and skills taught in the course.
The purpose of the trapper education program is to help individuals throughout the U.S. acquire the knowledge, skill, attitude and judgment to selectively and responsibly trap furbearing animals.
To find a nearby traditional classroom course, go to www.michigan.gov/recreationalsafety for a searchable database of class offerings. There may be fees associated with the traditional classroom course.
The online course is free and can be found at www.trappered.com (click on U.S. Trapper Education Course). Students taking the course online are strongly encouraged to pre-register with a classroom instructor to fulfill the skill/field test portion of the course, and to take the Michigan student examination. There may be fees associated with the skills/field day.
"Some states and provinces require a field day in addition to the online program to have a valid trapper education certificate, and this program is designed to meet those requirements," said Sgt. Tom Wanless, program supervisor for the DNR's hunter education program. "We recommend anyone who wants to get involved with trapping furbearers to take advantage of these courses and learn hands-on from experts, which is invaluable."
For more information on trapping and fur harvesting, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/trapping.