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Official Maine Bear Trapping Ed Course on Trapping Bears Responsibly and Safely

Maine’s official online course for those interested in learning more about bear trapping education or who plan to trap bears in Maine

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Requirements

You must be at least 10 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Maine to take this online course.

The fee for a bear trapping permit is $10 for residents and $67 for non-residents.

There are 3 options to purchase a bear trapping permit:

Option 1: Must have completed a regular Maine Trapping Education course at some time since 1978 OR have held a Maine Bear Trapping permit prior to 2022.

Option 2: Must have completed the new Maine Bear Trapping Education course AND hold a valid Maine big game hunting license.

Option 3: A person may trap for bear under the supervision of and in the presence of a licensed hunting guide who has successfully completed the Maine Bear Trapping Education course. Person must hold a valid Maine big game hunting license.

* Person must state the name of the guide they are trapping with at the time of applying for a bear trapping permit. Guide must have a Maine Bear Trapping Education certificate on file.

**A bear hunting permit is required when bear hunting.

All first-time trapping licenses and bear trapping permits must be purchased either at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) office in Augusta or by mailing a Trapping License Application to the MDIFW office in Augusta:

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Licensing Division (Trapping)
353 Water Street – 41 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333 Trapping license renewals, including bear trapping renewal permits, may be purchased online.

Do you need to take the Maine Bear Trapping Education Course?

A bear trapping permit and a trapping license or a big game hunting license are required to set a trap for a bear during the bear trapping season (September 1 to October 31). You are allowed to take one bear by trapping and one bear by hunting annually.

Approved by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

All Maine Bear Trapping Course content has been developed in conjunction with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.


After This Course

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to print out the Maine Bear Trapping Course Completion Certificate. You must present this card at any Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife office to purchase your trapping license.

Maine Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Maine Bear Trapping Course cost?

The Maine Bear Trapping Course fee is $29.95.

Taking the Course

Do you need to take the Maine Bear Trapping Education Course?

A bear trapping permit and a trapping license or a big game hunting license are required to set a trap for a bear during the bear trapping season (September 1 to October 31). You are allowed to take one bear by trapping and one bear by hunting annually.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

You must be at least 10 years old to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Maine Bear Trapping Course?

You do not have to be a resident of Maine to take this online course.

The fee for a bear trapping permit is $10 for residents and $67 for non-residents.

There are 3 options to purchase a bear trapping permit:

Option 1: Must have completed a regular Maine Trapping Education course at some time since 1978 OR have held a Maine Bear Trapping permit prior to 2022.

Option 2: Must have completed the new Maine Bear Trapping Education course AND hold a valid Maine big game hunting license.

Option 3: A person may trap for bear under the supervision of and in the presence of a licensed hunting guide who has successfully completed the Maine Bear Trapping Education course. Person must hold a valid Maine big game hunting license.

* Person must state the name of the guide they are trapping with at the time of applying for a bear trapping permit. Guide must have a Maine Bear Trapping Education certificate on file.

**A bear hunting permit is required when bear hunting.

All first-time trapping licenses and bear trapping permits must be purchased either at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) office in Augusta or by mailing a Trapping License Application to the MDIFW office in Augusta:

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Licensing Division (Trapping)
353 Water Street – 41 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333 Trapping license renewals, including bear trapping renewal permits, may be purchased online.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Maine Bear Trapping Course approved by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife?

The Maine Bear Trapping Course is approved and accepted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Maine Bear Trapping Education Certification Card

Important: This is recognized and approved by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife as proof of home study. This certificate is your permanent certificate and allows you to legally purchase a bear trapping permit where required.

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Final Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Maine Bear Trapping Course completion?

Once you pass the Final Exam and pay for the Bear Trapping Course Completion Certificate, you will be able to immediately print out the Bear Trapping Course Completion Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Bear Trapping Course Completion Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Bear Trapping Course Completion Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost or destroyed Bear Trapping Course Completion Certificate, log in to the course and print a new one.

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