Beginning Trapper Workshop Planned at Duck Creek

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A two-day hands-on instructional course for beginning trappers is scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at Duck Creek Conservation Area. Offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and members of the Missouri Trappers Association, this learning opportunity is open to anyone 14 years or older who is interested in learning how to trap Missouri furbearers.

According to MDC Private Land Conservationist Roger Frazier, the course will begin with a morning classroom setting to cover benefits of trapping, ethics, regulations, trap types, sets, trap care, and brief animal histories. In the afternoon, students will break up into smaller groups and follow their assigned instructor to the field to set traps.

“We will be showing land and water-type sets for various animals and then the next morning students will meet with their field instructor and go to the field to run their trap lines,” Frazier said. He added that proper fur-handling techniques will be demonstrated after the trap lines are checked.

Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to bring their lunch both days and to dress appropriately for time in the field. Waders or hip boots will be needed in order to make water sets, Frazier said. Participants 16 years or older are required to purchase a valid Missouri Trapping Permit.

Advance registration is required by Oct. 13 by contacting the MDC Southeast Regional Office at 573-290-5730.