On January 12th & 13th, 2019 eleven participants took part in the Trappers Education course hosted by Manitoba Trappers Association at the MWF. This course was put on through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program as part of the Beyond BOW Series, and was a great opportunity to push personal boundaries and learn more about an exciting outdoors activity!
The course covered history of the fur trade, trap-line management, furbearer biology and disease, public awareness, animal rights, fur marketing and grading, trapping equipment, skinning and boarding pelts, humane trapping (approved traps), problem animal control methods, furbearer management, acts and regulations, trapper ethics, trap research, and first aid and survival.
Participants got to see up close how to skin, flesh and board a beaver and marten, demonstrated by Barry Jahn and Rob Andrushuk. All the participants then had a chance to try their hand at skinning a muskrat!
MWF wants to thank Barry and Rob for their dedication to trapper’s education and for hosting the trapping workshop. We would also like to thank Dave Bewick, from North America Fur Auction, for coming to speak to the class about the fur auction process, explaining the basics of the grading process, and showing the class the characteristics of various pelts.