Michigan Trapper EducationThe Department of Natural Resources worked cooperatively with state trapping organizations and other interested trappers to develop a voluntary Michigan trapper education program. The first classes were offered in 2009. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning about trapping to take one of the classes being offered around the state.
The purpose of the Trapper Education Program is to help individuals throughout the U.S. acquire the knowledge, skill, attitude, and judgment to selectively and responsibly trap furbearing animals. Michigan offers two options for trapper education: traditional classroom and online. Traditional classroom is instructor led. To find a traditional trapper education class go to www.michigan.gov/recreationalsafety.
Some states and provinces require a field-day in addition to the online program to have a valid trapper education certification. The Michigan trapper education certificate meets the trapper education requirements of those states and provinces. In order to receive a Michigan trapper education certificate a student must complete the skills/field day portion of a traditional class and take the Michigan student examination. It is recommended that students pre-register for the field-day portion of a traditional class before taking the online course. Students can find a field-day at www.michigan.gov/recreationalsafety. The online course is free of charge at www.trappered.com (click on U.S. Trapper Education Course).
There may be fees associated with the traditional course and/or field-day portion of the training. Trapper education is not required in Michigan; however, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the conservation community strongly encourage new trappers to take advantage of the educational opportunities of the traditional and online trapper education courses.
Please click on the links below to access the student manual. Note that the entire manual is a large file size and may require significant download time. Depending on your connection speed to the Internet, you may want to click on the links to access the individual chapters.
- Michigan Trapper Education Manual (entire manual; 9.7 MB)
- Cover- Michigan Trapper Education Manual (306 KB)
- Chapter 1 - Introduction to Trapper Education (589 KB)
- Chapter 2 - Historical Considerations (658 KB)
- Chapter 3 - Responsible Trapping (733 KB)
- Chapter 4 - Furbearer Management (770 KB)
- Chapter 5 - Trapping Regulations (625 KB)
- Chapter 6 - Best Management Practices (535 KB)
- Chapter 7 - Traps (1 MB)
- Chapter 8 - Trapping Equipment (788 KB)
- Chapter 9 - Using Bait, Lure, and Urine (546 KB)
- Chapter 10 - Selective Trapping Techniques (772 KB)
- Chapter 11 - Water Sets (2 MB)
- Chapter 12 - Land Sets (1.5 MB)
- Chapter 13 - Cable Devices (952 KB)
- Chapter 14 - Trapping Safety (677 KB)
- Chapter 15 - Running a Trapline (634 KB)
- Chapter 16 - Using Furbearers (482 KB)
- Chapter 17 - Handling Fur (2.4 MB)
- Chapter 18 - Furbearers (1 MB)
- Appendix A - Potential Discussion Points for Scenarios (382 KB)
- Appendix B -Recommended Traps, Sets and Attractors (372 KB)
- Appendix C- Pelt Preparation (367 KB)
- Appendix D-Glossary (378 KB)
- Back Cover Michigan Trapper Education Manual (1.6 MB)