This course is based on the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) standards for trapper training and their Best Management Practices. When finished with the course, a training certificate is issued to the student that will allow them to use cable restraints in Pennsylvania. Additionally, this training course allows students to purchase a furtaking license, which is required to trap furbearers. In order to hunt furbearers, students still need to successfully complete a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course.
Successful Furtaking also includes online study that takes about 6 to 8 hours to finish before attending a one-day, six-hour class. Students at the class will learn about these skills and more:
- Identifying furbearer tracks and signs
- Setting cable restraints and snares
- Running a trapline
- Making water sets and land sets
- Preparing hides
- More classes are being developed; just visit www.pgc.state.pa.us to see what classes are available and sign up!