Minnesota Trappers Association
 2018 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.


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.


♦ The following classes are listed in date order; from the earliest to the latest:
 

Trapper Education Field Training Session - District 8

Location:  Terry McElmury Residence
                   25104 County Rd 12
                   Lewiston MN 55952
Date/Time: Saturday August 18th 2018
Class Time:
8:00 am start
Instructor: Terry McElmury
Preregistration is required:
507 459 7570 Terry or Jo

Attention Online Students:  There are limited slots available and you must preregister in order to attend the fieldwork portion.  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release  and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

 
Trapper Education Field Training Session - District 3

Location:  Dewey Schmitz Residence
                  63539 340th Street
                  Wadena MN 56482
Date/Time:  Saturday, Sept 8, 2018 
Class Time: 
9:00am to 3:00pm and lunch will be served
Instructor: 
Dewey Schmitz
Preregistration is required: 
Dewey Schmitz 218-639-9311

Attention Online Students:  There are limited slots available and you must preregister in order to attend the fieldwork portion.  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release  and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

 
2018 Minnesota Trapper Education Certification Class      (Download PDF Flyer )
Persons born after December 31, 1989, who have not been issued a trapping license in a previous year, may not obtain a trapping license without a trapper education certificate.
  ♦ This class is presented by the Minnesota Trapper’s Association.
The minimum age to attend this class is 11 years old.
Persons interested in participating in this class must preregister by contacting Matt Hartzler at phone number 218-377-4395.
» This is a two-part class «
     1) Prior to the class, participants will be required to complete an on-line course through the MN Trapper Association website at (mntrappers.org), and bring the  completion page with you to the field day portion of the class.
     2) There will also be an 8 hour trapper instruction field day on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Matt Hartzler residence located at 4361 Co. Rd. 97, Int’l. Falls.  Bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.
Minnesota Trapper Education Instructors:  Matt Hartzler and Lloyd Steen.
Persons interested in participating in this class must pre-register by contacting Matt Hartzler at phone number 218-377-4395.
 
Trapper Education Certification Course - Lac Qui Parle WMA

Course Syllabus - Download PDF Here
- A Trapper Education Certification Course will be held this fall at the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area Headquarters; 14047 20th Street NW, Watson, MN   56295. This course will teach basic trapping skills & provide the knowledge needed to become a proficient trapper.  Emphasis will be placed on humane and ethical trapping methods.
- The class will take place on September 15th & 16th, class will begin at 8:00 am and will run until 4:30 p.m. each day.   This is a very hand’s on course, participation and attendance each day is needed to receive certification.
- Aspiring trappers who desire to participate in the Trapper Education Certification Course must successfully complete the following to receive their Trapper Education Certificate. 

  1. Sign up for the course prior to August 31st by contacting the certified instructor listed below.
  2. Complete the homework portion and pass the written test prior to September 10th .
  3. Complete and pass the Field Certification portion of Trapper Education at Lac qui Parle.

Once students pass the written test and the field certification they will be issued a Trapper Education Certificate.
Certified Instructor:
Walt Gessler – (320) 226-8006 (H)
                         (320) 734-4451 ext. 227 (W)
**Class space is limited & will fill up quickly**

 
Trapper Education Field Training Session - District 1

Location:  Ben Niemi Trial Grounds
                  Range Retriever Club
                  5029 Hwy.7
                  Mountain Iron, MN
Date:  September 22, 2018   
Class Time:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm  Lunch will be provided.
Lead Instructors:  Bert Highland (218) 848-2383
                                Frank Brula (218) 742-1608
Preregistration is required.

Attention Online Students:  There are limited slots available and you must preregister in order to attend the fieldwork portion.  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release  and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

 
Trapping Education Field Training Session – District 7

Location: Schmitt Enterprise INC, 12799 County Rd 24, New Ulm MN 56073
Date/Time:
  Sunday Sept. 23rd
Class Time:
 
10:00am – 3:00pm, lunch will be provided
Preregister:  Brian Fischer 507-276-6322 or brianf@designhomecenter.com

  Attention Online Students:  There are limited slots available and you must preregister in order to attend the fieldwork portion.  Please remember to bring along your signed Student Registration/Parental Release  and a copy of the Congratulations page you were instructed to print when you successfully completed the written exam for confirmation.

 

 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 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.