Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Jackson

This is a reminder that Trapper Education will be mandatory starting July 1 for anyone who purchased their first Idaho trapping license on or after July 1, 2011.

The next Trapper Education class in the southeast region is scheduled for June 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Idaho Fish and Game office at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello. To stay on schedule and complete the class in a timely manner, students will need to bring a sack lunch to eat while class is in session. We will not be releasing students for lunch. Also, a portion of the class will be held outside — rain or shine. Please come dressed appropriately.

Registration for this class can be completed online at idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education. Cost of the class is $9.75 when registering online or $8 when you register in person at the regional Fish and Game office.

Please note that unlike Hunter Education classes, Trapper Education is offered fewer times throughout the year and is not available online at this time. If you know that you need Trapper Education, now is the time to get registered for a class. Though Idaho Fish and Game is working diligently to certify instructors and has scheduled four other classes in the region since last fall, do not bank on a class coming to your hometown. You might just need to travel for this one-day class to get certified before your planned trapping excursions.

Trapper Education covers trapping laws, ethical trapping, avoiding non-target catch, safety and basic trapping methods. Those interested in trapping wolves must take both Trapper Education and Wolf Trapper Education.

Jennifer Jackson is the Regional Conservation Educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, southeast region.