April 8, 2014
MADISON - Young people and people new to hunting and trapping who are looking forward to participating in fall hunting and trapping seasons should state the process now of finding and enrolling in a hunter or trapper education course.
"Don't wait until fall to get enrolled in hunter education," said Brenda VonRueden, of the Department of Natural Resources hunter education program. "There are more hunter and trapper education courses taught now than any other time of year."
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. Anyone who had not previously purchased a trapping license prior to 1992 and who is not actively engaged in farming is required to take a trapper education course.
Hunter and trapper education courses are led by trained, certified and dedicated volunteer instructors and are offered statewide throughout the year.
The Wisconsin DNR offers three convenient ways to become hunter education certified:
"Thanks to hunter education, hunting is safe and getting safer," VonRueden said. "Hunter education covers the firearm handling skills, regulations, and responsibilities of a safe and ethical hunter. Every year, almost 30,000 youth and adults in Wisconsin become certified in hunter education."
Anyone wishing to enter a trapper education course must preregister to attend one of the courses, which are usually held on two full weekend days. A correspondence trapper education course is also offered "Trapper Education, which is made possible through the cooperation between the Wisconsin DNR and the Wisconsin Trappers Association, teaches new trappers to be responsible, ethical trappers," says Geriann Albers, Assistant Furbearer Ecologist and Wisconsin DNR's Trapper Education Coordinator.
Trapper education covers the history of trapping, best management practices, Wisconsin furbearer information, regulations, types of traps and equipment, types of trap sets and more.
Anyone enrolling in either a hunter or trapper education course must first have a Wisconsin DNR ID number. Wisconsin hunter certification is recognized by all states and provinces requiring hunter education.
Get enrolled now and join the ranks of today's hunter education graduates who are ensuring the future of our hunting heritage. To find either a hunter or trapper education course, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "education" and click on the button for "Find a safety education course near you."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda VonRueden, DNR Hunter Education Program, 608-267-7509; Geriann Albers, trapper education program, 608-261-6452; or Joanne Haas, public affairs, 608-209-8147