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Wisconsin's Cooperative Trapper Education Program is administered jointly by the Wisconsin Trappers Association (WTA) [exit DNR] and the DNR.

Trapper education course information


Who: Completion of this course is a requirement for people who have not previously purchased a trapping license and who are not actively engaged in farming. It is recommended that students be at least ten years old.

When: Wisconsin Cooperative Trapper Education Program group classes are offered from March-October.

Cost: $12

Register: Pre-registration is required.

Class schedule

You MUST have a DNR Customer ID number prior to the start of class. A number can be acquired by calling 1-888-936-7463 between the hours of 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

We recommend searching for classes statewide to determine the closest class available to you as not all counties have classes available during a given year.

Find a class near you. NOTE: Approximately 50 classes a year are offered throughout the state. However, once a class is full or has been completed they are removed from the website. Please check frequently for classes in your area.

Replacement trapper education certificates are available by contacting the assistant furbearer ecologist, 101 S Webster St, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, 608-261-6452.

A correspondence course is also offered. Contact Mike Widner, correspondence course coordinator, at 608-356-3621 for details.

If you are enrolled in a course, you may download the manual to complete the required quizzes in advance.

Be sure to print the quiz pages and bring them with you to class where you will receive a hard copy of the manual to take home with you.

Congratulations to our Trapper Ed Patch Contest Entries!

winning design by Macey Loka, cattails, mink tracks, and a foothold trap

The winning Trapper Education graduate patch design, as determined by Wisconsin Trappers Association vote, with mink tracks and a foothold trap is Macey Loka, a high school freshman from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. This patch design will go into production in 2015 and be given to all successful graduates of the Wisconsin Cooperative Trapper Education Program courses.

Honorable Mention
by Jacob Dart
raccoon near stream and foothold trap
Honorable Mention
by Joshua Johnson
beaver building a dam and a lodge in a lake
Honorable Mention
by Jedediah Dart
a coyote and traps
Honorable Mention
by Abigail Johnson
A fox pouncing on a mouse and a fox caught in a foothold trap
Contact information
For information about trapper education, contact:
Bryce Larson
WTA statewide trapper education coordinator
Last revised: Friday November 14 2014