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Standard Trapping Course 
Instructor: Jason Parker

The Standard Trapping course is your first step toward becoming a trapper.
The course includes:


  • instruction on the safe use of traps and other equipment,

  • biology of furbearers,

  • animal management,

  • marketing and grading of furs,

  • skinning and fur handling, as well as

  • humane trapping techniques.

The Alberta Government refers to a Trapline as a Registered Fur Management Area (R.F.M.A). There are two kinds of trapping license's in Alberta:

  1. Registered License and

  2. Resident License.


A Registered License allows a trapper the right to trap a portion of Alberta and with that privilege the trapper may have a cabin to help with trapping activities. This is most commonly called a “trapline”. A trapper does not own the land but has the right to trap the fur on that portion subject to a five-year permit with annual renewals. The trapper cannot sell the land on which they trap, selling a trapline refers to the assets within that trapline.


The Resident License allows a trapper to trap on private property with the owner’s permission. This simply requires the consent of the landowner through a properly filled out government form called a WA 19A, available for download here, or at a Fish and Wildlife district office. Your Resident Trapping License number must be legible on the form. Many trappers choose this method of trapping and – subject to seasons – resident trappers can harvest most furbearers in the province.


Both Registered and Resident trappers are subject to the rules, regulations and seasons. A guide to these is found in the Alberta Trapping Regulations, which are published yearly.


  • The minimum age to take the course is 12, however, an adult in attendance must be assigned responsibility for any student under the age of 18.


  • The cost of the course is $399.00 and includes the Trapper Education Manual.


  • This does NOT include your lodging and meals - this is arranged and paid for by your own preference


Courses Run Friday, Saturday and Sunday


  • There is a minimum of 10 participants required to hold a course

Standard Trapping Courses

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