The Montana Trapper Education Program consists of one day structured classroom style coursework and hands on activities revolving around aspects of regulated trapping, trapping equipment, trap setting techniques, furbearer identification, and fur handling and pelt preparation. Trapper education classes are sponsored by the Montana Trapper's Association (MTA) and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) with volunteer instructors from the MTA. One class is usually offered in each of the seven trapping districts during the winter or early spring months.
The Youth Trapper Camp is sponsored by the Montana Trapper's Association, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and Montana 4-H. This camp is an annual event held south of Havre in scenic Beaver Creek Park in the Bear Paw Mountains. Camp participants range in age from 5 to 18 years old and learn a wide variety of trapping and fur handling skills as well as the role of regulated trapping in furbearer management. Youth Trapper Camp educational activities and presentations are designed for both beginner and advanced level students. Parents are encouraged to attend as camp chaperons.
The Youth Trapper Camp is usually held the second weekend in June. For more information on the Camp and registration contact Jim or Fran Buell by email or visit the Montana Trapper's Association website and click on YTC info.