Minnesota Trappers Association
 2014 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


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 Education Field Training - International Falls, Minnesota - District 1

Location: Matt Hartzler Residence, 4361 Co. Rd 97, International Falls, MN
Field Training Day:  Saturday, October 4th; if inclement weather cancels the class it will be held on Sunday, October 5th
Field Training Time:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lead Instructors: Lloyd Steen and Matt Hartzler
Pre-Registration Required:  Contact the Community Education Office at the International Falls High School
Phone: (218) 283-2571 - Josie - ext. 186; Jenny - ext. 109

Instructors are limiting the minimum age of participants to 12 years of age and the class size to a maximum of 30 students, so register early.  Please remember to bring a bag lunch and weather appropriate clothing.  Parents of minor age students are encouraged to attend but not required. 

Attention Online Students: There are limited slots available and you must preregister in order to attend the field day portion as well.  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form (available on the website under In Field Training on the online course page) and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation. 

Trapper Education Course / Field Training - Fergus Falls, Minnesota - District 3

Location: Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, 601 Hwy 210 E, Fergus Falls, MN
Class Dates:  September 30th and October 1st
Class Times:  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Field Training Date: October 4th
Training Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lead Instructors: Butch Herzberg
Pre-Registration required contact Butch, (218) 770-2420

Attention Online Students: If you wish to attend this field training portion to complete your trapper certification, remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form (available on the website under In Field Training on the online course page). 

Trapper Education Field Training - Spring Valley, Minnesota - District 8

Location: Hardscrabble Hill Hide and Fur, 117 East Courtland Ave, Spring Valley, MN
Field Training Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Training Time: 10:00 a.m. - ??? (depends on the number of students attending)
Lead Instructors: Rusty Hellickson and Sam Myers
Pre-Registration required contact Rusty at (507) 346-2873or (507) 251-2600 or Sam at (507) 251-2209

This is an In Field Training Session only!  You must complete the written exam prior to attending and preregister in order to participate.  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form (available on the website under In Field Training on the online course page). You must also bring along the Congratulations page you printed when you completed the written exam.

 Important Information for Trapper Education Students

Enrolling in these 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 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.