MANHATTAN – Anyone who wants to learn about trapping furbearers and calling predators should plan on attending a free workshop at Tuttle Creek State Park on Oct. 29. The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the state park office, 5800 A River Pond Rd, in Manhattan. Preregistration is not required to attend.
The class is designed for anyone who wants to learn about trapping and furbearer hunting, regardless of experience or skill level. Instructors will introduce the sport to those new to trapping and calling, as well as provide some brush-up pointers for those with experience.
Kansas is home to 14 furbearer species that may be hunted and trapped during the furbearer season (Nov. 16, 2016-Feb. 15, 2017), including badger, bobcat, gray fox, weasel, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, striped skunk, and swift fox. Beaver and otter may be trapped (Nov. 16-March 31, 2017). Although coyotes are not classified as furbearers, they may be hunted and trapped year-round.
This class will not qualify participants for a furharvester education certificate, but information provided will be beneficial for those interested in completing a furharvester education class. The Kansas Furharvester Education course can be completed online at ksoutdoors.com/Services/Education/Furharvester.
For more information on this class, contact park manager Todd Lovin at (785) 539-7941.