Registration is now open for a Trapper Education Course for northwest Montana, which will be held Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lawrence Park in Kalispell.

To register for the course, stop by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) on North Meridian Road in Kalispell, or call FWP at 752-5501.  Registrants will receive pre-course materials and the course schedule.  Call FWP at 752-5501 for more information.

In the course, Montana Trapper Education Instructors will emphasize trapper ethics, regulations, trapping heritage, and trap sets.  Instructors will show actual trap sets and techniques.  Instructors include members of the Montana Trappers Association and the Montana Fur Harvesters.

People of all ages are invited to attend.  The course is not mandatory for trappers but it is strongly recommended.

TRAPPER EDUCATION AGENDA:

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lawrence Park Pavilion, Kalispell

Time                                          Subject                                    

9:00 am                       Welcome, Intro, trapping tradition

9:15 am                       Furbearer management, trapping regulations

9:45 a.m.                     Movie: Balancing Nature: Trapping in today’s world

10:15: a.m.                  Health and safety in trapping

11: a.m.                       Trap preparation, equipment

Noon                          Lunch

12:30-3:00 p.m.: Hands on trapping stations: Equipment, Water trapping, Land Trapping

3:00 p.m.                     Fur Handling & Marketing

3:30 p.m.          Trapping Ethics, Social Concerns, Land

Owner relations.          The Future of Trapping

4:00 pm                       Prize Drawing/Adjournment

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