Minnesota Trappers Association Trapper Education

There apparently has been some confusion on the part of some non-residents regarding MN Trapper Certification. At this time, non residents of Minnesota are not permitted to trap legally in this State with or without a certification. Although non-resident full-time students residing in MN are eligible to purchase most DNR licenses as residents while attending school in MN, unfortunately trapping privileges are not extended to non-resident full-time students at this time. The only exception is those owning land in Minnesota are permitted to trap the land they own. with proper licensure purchased.

Although everyone is welcome to complete the Minnesota Trapper Education Course – it will have no bearing on non-residents being allowed to trap in Minnesota. Non-residents intentionally purchasing resident licenses fraudulently, nullifies the possession of such licenses and is subject to legal action by the State.

Enroll in the On-line Trapper Certification Course:
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For general questions contact:

Shawn Johnson
Education Coordinator
(218) 525-4970

Minnesota Trappers Association – Education and Certificates
Attention Prospective Trapper Education Students:
As it appears in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook:
Persons born after December 31, 1989, who have not been issued at trapping license in a previous year may not obtain a trapping license without a trapper education certificate.  The Minnesota Trappers Association will conduct trapper education courses statewide, free of charge to the participants, and issue certificates that satisfy this trapping license requirement.  Contact the MTA at www.mntrappers.org for class information.  These courses include a mandatory field training portion that MUST be completed before certification.  Please plan to take certification courses well in advance of the fur trapping season.
Minnesota Hunting Regulations
Trapper Certification?
Much like prospective first time hunters must plan ahead to get there Firearm Safety Certificate, prospective trappers must do likewise, to insure they receive their Trapper Education Certificate well in advance of the MN trapping season.  Trapper Education Course and associated Field Training Sessions are usually only available at certain times of the year.

All traditional trapper education classes and field training sessions are usually completed for the season by the end of September statewide. Most areas of the State will not have another opportunity until late winter or early spring at the earliest. Class and field training sessions are published on the website as they are scheduled. Join the MTA and receive quarterly updates on upcoming conventions and training.

Now that trapping season has begun, the only alternative for an individual seeking certification is the online coursework necessary in order to complete the written exam portion of the Program. However, the field training aspect must also be completed prior to the certification becoming valid.

A list of certified Trapper Education Instructors are provided on the website but be aware that most will be extremely busy with their own trap lines at this time of year and accommodating students in need of field training will be difficult if not impossible in most cases.

The only other practical option would be for you to solicit and secure your own personal field instructor at this point in time.

Please review the documents provided under “In Field Training” on the online course portion of the website to determine if a non-certified field instructor that you know may be qualified to provide this required aspect of the Program for you.

Individuals that do not meet the specified qualifications outlined may be approved on an individual basis by the MTA Education Coordinator.

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