This course covers important topics such as Louisiana trapping regulations, best management practices, and trapping safety. It provides context for today’s trapping industry with a section dedicated to the history of trapping and a section on the role that trapping plays in furbearer and land management. It provides practical instructions on running a trap-line and covers the various types of traps and their uses as well as other trapping equipment. The last unit introduces the participant to the market value of furbearers and touches upon the processing of the fur, meat, and glands. A list of licensed Louisiana fur dealers is also included to assist new trappers entering the industry.
Trapper education is not mandatory in Louisiana, but the information provided in this free course can help current trappers improve their knowledge or provide new trappers with the basic background of the industry. The purpose of this course is to increase active trapper numbers, provide basic trapping knowledge, and teach ethical and law-abiding behavior, as well as to instill public confidence and maintain public support for trapping as a wildlife management tool.
Check back for the 2021-2022 Schedule. Many of the locations will be the same as the previous season listed below.
2020-2021 trapping workshop schedule:
December 12, 2020: Waddill Education Center in Baton Rouge
January 16, 2021: Vermilionville Historic Village in Lafayette
January 23, 2021: Woodworth Education Center
February 6, 2021: Monroe LDWF Field Office
February 27,2021 Camp Salmen in Slidell
Although there is no cost to attend the workshops, registration is required. You can register by contacting Tanya Sturman at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (318) 487-5415.