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News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

HELENA — There are only two remaining trapper education field days left this year before trapping season for most species begins on Nov. 1.

As a reminder, to purchase a Montana resident trapping license, trappers must complete the Montana Trapper Education Course online or have purchased a trapper’s license in at least three prior years (in Montana or another state). The trapping course requires an in-person field day.

The trapper education course consists of an online component, an in-person field day, and a written test. This general trapper education course also satisfies the Montana wolf trapper education requirement.

The remaining field day is Oct. 15 in Kalispell. Trappers who still need to take a trapper education class must complete the online coursework and attend a field day if they wish to trap during the 2022-2023 trapping season.

To register for the online course and an in-person field day, go to

Volunteer trapper education instructors are still needed to help with field days. For more information or to become a trapper education instructor, please contact Wayde Cooperider at 406-444-4497 or at

Important requirements:

Youth six to 11 years old who wish to trap must purchase a youth trapping license and are exempt from the requirement to take a trapper education course until they are 12. However, youth trappers are limited to trapping only mink and muskrat.

Nonresidents are exempt from the trapper education requirement as they cannot purchase a trapper’s license to trap furbearers in Montana.

Nonresidents who desire to trap wolves must still take the virtual wolf trapper education course.

Resident trappers who have purchased a trapper’s license during three previous seasons, but have not taken the wolf trapper certification course, must take the course to trap wolves.

Resident trappers who have not purchased a trapper’s license in three previous seasons, but have taken the wolf trapper certification course, must take the trapper education course.


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