Wolf trapping courses on offer in G’ville, Lewiston

Idaho rules require prospective wolf trappers to successfully complete a Wolf Trapper Certification course before they can purchase wolf trapping tags.

For those planning to trap wolves this winter, certification courses will be held in:

• Salmon: Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fish and Game Salmon Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North.

• Grangeville: Friday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nez Perce National Forest Service Office, 104 Airport Rd.

• Lewiston: Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fish and Game Clearwater Regional Office, 3316 16th Street.

Additional courses will be scheduled. Contact the Lewiston office at 799-5010.

All courses are taught by experienced trappers, trained and certified to provide students with both classroom study and interactive, hands-on training. On-site demonstrations in the field include making trap sets free of human scent, rigging snares, placing diverters to avoid non-target catches, and trap site selection.

All instructors and assisting Fish and Game staff have expertise in furbearer management, trapping laws and ethics, responsible trapping, proper equipment and trapping techniques.

Fee is $8 per student ages nine and older. Students successfully completing the certification course receive an Idaho Wolf Trapper Certification card that enables them to purchase up to five wolf trapping tags per trapping season.

Fish and Game also offers a general furbearer trapping class that is different from the Wolf Trapper Certification class. The general furbearer trapping class does not qualify people for wolf trapping.

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