Mandatory trapper course now available online

More field days to come this summer and fall

HELEN – An online training course is now available for people who want to get started in trapping. The required course is free and accessible on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website.

The educational program will include online courses and a mandatory field day where new trappers can learn from experienced trappers about trapping ethics, humane techniques, avoidance of non-target species, fur management and safety . This course also includes the mandatory Wolf Trapper certification for anyone looking to trap wolves as well.

Two field days are already scheduled in July:

  • July 9, Missoula, FWP Office, 3201 Spurgin Road, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • July 16, Helena, Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Avenue, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additional field days will be scheduled and announced in the coming weeks.

During the 2021 legislative session, Senate Bill 60 was passed, which requires trapper training for all trappers who have not been a licensed trapper for at least three previous seasons.

Trappers who have been licensed trappers in the previous three seasons will need to indicate this experience when purchasing a license. All other trappers 12 years of age and older will be required to complete the Trapper Education Course prior to purchasing a licence. Wolf trappers who have completed the Wolf Trapper Training Course, but have not been a licensed trapper for three years, will be required to complete the Trapper Training Course in order to be able to trap wolves in 2022 and beyond.

For those interested in completing the course curriculum in hard copy, please call or email Wayde Cooperider, 406-444-9947 or [email protected]

For more information on upcoming field days, visit