Minnesota Trappers Association
 2015 Trapper Education Classes



Attention Prospective Trapper Education Students
As it appears in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook

Persons born after December 31, 1989, who have not been issued at trapping license in a previous year may not obtain a trapping license without a trapper education certificate.  The Minnesota Trappers Association will conduct trapper education courses statewide, free of charge to the participants, and issue certificates that satisfy this trapping license requirement.  Contact the MTA at http://www.mntrappers.org/ for class information. These courses include a mandatory field training portion that MUST be completed before certification.  Please plan to take certification courses well in advance of the fur trapping season.

2012 Minnesota Hunting Regulations




ATTENTION NON-MINNESOTA RESIDENTS

There apparently has been some confusion on the part of some non-residents regarding MN Trapper Certification.

At this time, non-residents of Minnesota are not permitted to trap in this state with or without a certification.  The only exception being those owning land in Minnesota are permitted to trap the land they own.  Although everyone is welcome to complete the Minnesota Trapper Education Course - it will have no bearing on non-residents being allowed to trap in Minnesota.



TRAPPER CERTIFICATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ELEVEN YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER AND / OR ARE MINNESOTA LIFETIME LICENSE HOLDERS.
Those under eleven years of age are not eligible for certification
in the MN Trappers Education Program.



 Trapper Education Field Training - Hibbing, MN (District 1)
 Sponsored by MN Forest Zone Trappers Association

Location: Cary Lake Pavillion, east of Hibbing, MN
Class Date:  Saturday, September 19th
Class Time:  Beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Lead Instructor:  Ray Sogard
Pre-Registration Required:  Contact Ray Sogard at (218) 969-3426

Attention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.  



 Trapper Education Field Training - Bemidji, MN (District 2)
Minnesota Trappers Association Convention - August 14th and 15th

Location: Beltrami County Fairgrounds, 7223 Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bemidji, MN

A unique opportunity exists for those online student that require the field training aspect of the Trapper Education Program in order to complete their certification.  Paperwork will be available at the MTA Booth on the convention site outlining demonstrations approved for credit.  Most demos occur on Friday and Saturday and attendance both days may be necessary in order to cover all required areas.

Attention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.  



 Trapper Education Course- Park Rapids, MN (SE District 2, NE District 3)

Location:  Frank White Elementary School, 401 Huntsinger Ave, Park Rapids, MN
Class Dates: August 10th, 12th and 13th
Sign posted outside entrance on East Side of  School
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Field Training Day:  Students are encouraged to attend approved field training demo's at MN Trappers Association Convention in Bemidji to complete this portion.
Lead Instructor:  Steve Bayman (218) 652-2570 and Larry Martinson (218) 547-3388
Pre-Registration Required:  Contact Jill Dickenson - Park Rapids Community Education - (218) 237-6600. 

Attention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.  Please bring hip or knee boots if you have them.



 Trapper Education Course and Field Training - Wadena, MN (District 3)

Location:  Dewey's Taxidermy, 63539 340th St, Wadena, MN
Class Dates: August 25th and 27th
Class Time:  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Field Training Day:  Saturday, August 29th
Field Training Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Dewey Schmitz
Pre-Registration Required:  Contact Dewey Schmitz- (218) 631-4988. 

Attention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.  Please bring hip or knee boots if you have them.

 

 Trapper Education Field Training - Kimball, MN (District 5)

Location:  Kimball Rod and Gun Club, New Ulm, MN
Field Training Day:  Sunday, September 13th
Field Training Time: beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Pete Jonas
Pre-Registration Required:  Contact Pete Jonas (320) 236-2410; Dave Curtis (320) 363-7916 or Jerry Larsen (320) 444-8398.  You must preregister to insure a seat as class size is limited. 

thAttention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.  Please bring hip or knee boots if you have them.



 Trapper Education Field Training - Lac qui Parle, MN (District 5)

Location: Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area Headquarters, Lac qui Parle, MN
Field Training Day:  Saturday, September 19th
Field Training Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Walt Gessler
Pre-Registration Required:  Contact Walt Gessler prior to August 29th at (320) 226-8006 H) or (320) 752-4394 (W). 

Attention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.  Please bring hip or knee boots if you have them.

Lac Qui Parle Trappers Education Course description 



 Trapper Education Field Training - New Ulm, MN (District 7)

Location: Brian Fischer Farm Site, New Ulm, MN
Field Training Day:  Saturday, September 19th
Field Training Time:  9:00 a.m  - 2:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Brian Fischer (507) 276-6322
You must preregister to insure a seat as class size is limited. 

Attention Online Students:  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations Page you were instructed to print for confirmation when you successfully completed the written exam.



 Important Information for Trapper Education Students

Enrolling in traditional courses and/or participation at In Field Training activities, with a certified instructor, requires a signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form in order to attend.

Minor students are encouraged to have their parents sign this form and provide all requested information in advance; and bring this for the first class or field day activity.  The alternative being the parent/guardian must attend initial class or field day with student in order to sign form and provide requested information.

Adult participants may fill out and sign the form on location.

Those without a signed form will not be permitted to continue with the class or field day activity, with a certified instructor, until the completed form has been received by the instructor.