Trapper Education Frequently Asked Questions

Trapper Education Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Who needs a trapper education?

A: Anyone who purchased or will purchase their first Idaho trapping license on or after July 1, 2011.

Q: When is this required?

A: Starting July 1, 2018.

Q: When did this happen?

A: The legislature made this law during spring 2017. The Department has informed trappers through the annual letter that reminds trappers to submit their furtaker harvest report card. Additionally, this information was placed on the website and distributed to media outlets.

Q: Why do I need to take trapper education?

A: Regulated trapping can be controversial. Responsible trappers know when, where, and how to catch animals humanely and without harming non-target animals or being disruptive to the non-trapping public. Trapper education is designed to teach proper techniques so the next generation of trappers will be safe and responsible. Additionally, if all trappers behave ethically, there is less need to create complex trapping regulations.

Q: I can’t find a trapper education class.

A: Please check the trapper education course list at https://register-ed.com/programs/idaho? There currently are not a lot of classes listed, but we will have many more offerings throughout the state over the next year, before the new regulation goes into effect.

Q: What is taught in a trapper education course?

A: This course includes trapping laws, understanding regulated trapping, ethical trapping, responsible treatment of animals, techniques for avoiding non-target catches, basic trapping methods, fur handling, safety, and field demonstrations/exercises.

Q: How long is the class?

A: Class length varies slightly, but a typical class is 1 full day or about 8 hours.

Q: Is there an online class I can take instead of an instructor-led class?

A: No, we do not offer an online trapper education class and currently have no plans to offer one in the future.

Q: Do I need a trapper education course if I trapped in another state?

A: Yes. The Idaho trapper education course is unique to our state (rules and regulations, trap types, non-target species avoidance, etc.). However, in the future we may accept certified trapper education courses from other states.

Q: My 6 year old would like to trap. Do they need to take the course?

A: Yes. IDFG has no minimum age for trappers, but they must take the course and pass the exam. Ages 8 and under must attend the course with an adult and pass the written exam.

Q: If I went through wolf trapper education in Idaho or elsewhere, do I have to take the standard trapper education course?

A: Yes. Wolf trapper education is a separate course. All trappers purchasing their first Idaho trapping license after July 1, 2011, must take the standard trapper education course. Wolf trappers must also take or have taken the Idaho wolf trapper education course.

Q: I bought an Idaho trapping license years before the data were store electronically in the license database and then didn’t purchase another trapping license until 2014. Do I still have to take trapper education to purchase a license in 2018?

A: Since we have incomplete records of license purchases before 2000, you may not be in the database. In that case, you will have to take trapper education unless you can produce a copy of one of your pre-2000 trapping licenses or other reasonable evidence that you held an Idaho trapping license before that time. Given the length of time you have not trapped in Idaho, we recommend you take the trapping class in any case so you are familiar with changes in rules, best practices for avoiding bycatch, and other recent information you may not be familiar with.

Q: Can resident youth under age 14 trap muskrats on their own land without a license or having taken trapper education?

A: Yes. Additionally, trapper education is not required for control measures pertaining to Idaho Code 36-1107.

Q: If I went through wolf trapper education in Idaho or elsewhere, do I have to take the standard trapper education course?

A: Yes. Wolf trapper education is a separate course. All trappers purchasing their first Idaho trapping license after July 1, 2011, must take the standard trapper education course. Wolf trappers must also take or have taken the Idaho wolf trapper education course.

Q: I bought an Idaho trapping license years before the data were store electronically in the license database and then didn’t purchase another trapping license until 2014. Do I still have to take trapper education to purchase a license in 2018?

A: Yes, with one exception. Since we have no record of your early license purchases, you will have to take trapper education. However, if you can produce a copy of one of your pre-2011 trapping licenses, you will be exempt from having to take trapper education.

Q: Can resident youth under age 14 trap muskrats on their own land without a license or having taken trapper education?

A: Yes. Additionally, trapper education is not required for control measures pertaining to Idaho Code 36-1107.