Minnesota Trappers Association
 2017 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.



 Trappers Education  Field Training Session - Mountain Iron, MN - District 1

Location: Ben Niemi Trial Grounds of the Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club at
  5029 Hwy 7, Mountain Iron, MN
  - located 2.9 miles south of the jct of Hwy 169 and Hwy 7 on Hwy 7 -

Field Training Day:  September 23, 2017
Field Training Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Frank Brula & Bert Highland
Please preregister:  Bert Highland - (218) 848-2383 or Frank Brula (218) 742-1608.

Attention Online Students:  Online portion on the Trapper Education Course must be competed prior to this date. There are limited spots available and you must preregister.  Please remember to bring your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

Trappers Education  Field Training Session - International Falls, MN - District 1

Location: Matt Hartzler Residence, 4361 Co. Rd 97, International Falls, MN 
Field Training Day:  Sunday, October 1, 2017
Field Training Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Matt Hartzler and Lloyd Steen
Please preregister:  Community Education (218) 283-2571 ext. 109.

Bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

Attention Online Students:  Online portion on the Trapper Education Course must be competed prior to this date. There are limited spots available and you must preregister.  Please remember to bring your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

 

 Trappers Education  Field Training Opportunity - Wadena, MN - District 3

Location: Duane "Dewey" Schmitz Home - 63539 340th St, Wadena, MN
Field Training Day:  
September 9, 2017
Field Training Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Dewey Schmitz
Please preregister:  Dewey Schmitz - (218) 631-4988
Lunch will be served

Attention Online Students:  Online portion on the Trapper Education Course must be competed prior to this date. There are limited spots available and you must preregister.  Please remember to bring your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

 

 Trappers Education  Field Training Opportunity - Kimball, MN - District 5

Location: Kimball Rod & Gun Club - 9837 Willow Creek Rd, Kimball, MN
Field Training Day:  
September 17, 2017
Field Training Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lead Instructor:  Pete Jonas
Please preregister:  Pete Jonas - (320) 236-2410; Jeremy - (320) 241-7549; Artie Barnes - (320) 221-2121

Attention Online Students:  Online portion on the Trapper Education Course must be competed prior to this date. There are limited spots available and you must preregister.  Please remember to bring your signed Student Registration/Parental Release Form and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.



 Trappers Education  Field Training Opportunity - New Ulm, MN - District 7

Location: Brian Fischer farm site- 55458 Cty Rd 21, Courtland, MN 56021
Date: Saturday Sept. 16th, 2016
Time:
9:00am – 2:00pm
Instructor:
Brian Fischer
Contact:
  Brian @ (507) 276 – 6322

Students are encourage to complete the required written exam prior to attending by registering for the correspondence course online at www.mntrappers.org and downloading the student manual.

Agenda

1)      Introduction-be prompted (9:00 am-9:15am)

2)      Animal identification (9:15-9:30am)
      -size, species
      -field signs, tracks, habitat
      -tan pelt handling

3)   Tools of the trade: (9:30-10:00am)
      -traps and proper traps size for specific animals
      -related tools
      -anchoring devises
      -urines, baits, gland lures and curiosity lures

4)   Water setting (10:00-11:30pm)
      -setting up drowning (wire and chains)
      -anchoring methods
      -doing cubby, blind, bait and sent sets

5)   DNR-Area Wildlife Supervisor Joe Stangel - lunch -  (11:30-12:15)
      -Laws and ethics
        a) trap tending
        b) releasing non-targeted animals
        c) reporting accidental takes to DNR

6)   Land trapping (12:15- 2:00pm)
      -locations-travel & run ways
      -anchoring- disposables, stakes or drags
      -doing sent post, dirt hole, urine, high bank ect set

 

Things to bring:

1)   A sack lunch and drinks for the day-will be able to refrigerate

2)   Your MTA Parent Release Form if you have not sent it to me already

3)    Hip boots, water gloves, field gloves and any other tools you may have. Make sure your tools are marked. None of the above are required.

4)    Bring no traps or anchoring devices- they will be provided.

5)    Note pad and pencil

6)   Questions concerns call 507-276-6322

 

 

 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.