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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

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What: Trapper education in Wisconsin is serviced through the Wisconsin Cooperative Trapper Education Program (WCTEP). WCTEP courses cover traps and trap parts, trapping techniques, regulations, Wisconsin wildlife, fur handling and more with ethics being the central theme. We offer traditional hands-on classes, a mail based correspondence course and a web based online course. Our traditional hands-on courses are the most popular and recommended.

Who: Anyone looking to trap in Wisconsin must complete our trapper education course. If you trapped in Wisconsin prior to 1992, have taken a comparable course in another state or are actively engaged in farming you may qualify for an exemption. If you want to learn more about trapping, our trapper education course is for you. Students under the age of 10 should get instructor approval before enrolling in a class.

When: Wisconsin Cooperative Trapper Education Program classes are taught by trappers. This offers the best hands-on training possible but means that classes are not normally offered during trapping season. If you anticipate drawing a bobcat, fisher or otter tag this year you should search for classes during the peak time which is March through October. Most classes are posted a month to three months in advance.

Cost: $12

*overnight classes may have added costs.

Register: Pre-registration is required.

Students 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.

Class schedule


Find a class near you.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. Search for classes statewide by not selecting a specific county when prompted to.

NOTE: Approximately 50 Trapper Ed classes are offered throughout the state every year. Therefore, every county does not offer a class. Please check frequently for classes in your county or surrounding counties as classes fill up quickly. Once a class is full or has been completed, it is removed from the website. Be sure to record your class location information when you enroll.

Online and correspondence course: Learn more about our two remote class options, the Online and correspondence course.

Trapper Ed Materials

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 went into production in 2015 and is 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
920-693-8734
Last revised: Wednesday February 21 2018