Trapper Education is administered through the Manitoba Trappers Association (MTA).
About: The Manitoba Trappers Association (MTA) was established in 1972 to serve the trappers of Manitoba. Lac du Bonnet has been the location of the head office since 1992. Responsibilities are divided into 11 geographical zones throughout the province, each represented by a Zone Director. Directors are elected on a two year term by the trappers and Local Fur Councils within the Zone. Alternate Directors are appointed by our Board to assist with representation of the trappers.
Any Manitoba resident wishing to obtain a trapping license is required by regulation to satisfactorily complete the Trapper Education Course. If a Manitoba resident has previously held a trapping licence or permit from Manitoba or another province, he or she is not required to take this training. The mandatory trapper training is offered in two ways:
• 1. First-time trappers may borrow a manual from any Manitoba Conservation district office and complete a multiple-choice question examination. A passing mark of 80 per cent is required. If this is not achieved, a second examination may be written later.
• 2. Attend a Trapper Education Course and then write the exam. You can obtain a license at the age of 12, but persons under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a licensed trapper when engaged in trapping activities in the field.
Trapper education is an important part of furbearer management in Manitoba. Courses may be available on request and are usually two days or three evenings. There may be a waiting list depending on demand, and the number of students requesting a course in your area. Courses usually take place in conjunction with the Trapping Seasons.
Subject areas covered include:
• History of the Fur Trade
• Trapline Management
• Furbearer Biology & Diseases
• Public Awareness
• Animal Rights
• Fur Marketing & Grading
• Trapping Equipment
• Skinning & Boarding (forming) Pelts
• Humane Trapping – Approved Traps
• Problem Animal Control Methods
• Furbearer Management
• Acts and Regulations
• Trapper Ethics
• Trap Research
• Video or Power Point Presentations
• First Aid
The Manitoba Trappers Association partners with Manitoba Conservation to offer Trapper Education Courses on an as-required basis. (There may be a minimal charge per student to cover expenses). To register for a course in your area, or for further information, please contact the Manitoba Trappers Association at (204) 345-9107 or the nearest Manitoba Conservation district office.
Note: Enquiries about registering for trapper education courses sent by e-mail – or recorded on our answering machine for call back must include participant’s full name, address, and phone number. Please specify youth or adult.