Four beginning trapper workshops are scheduled in October. Activities vary by workshop, but participants can expect to learn the basics of trapping, ethical and responsible techniques, proper gear, skinning/fur handling methods, trap types and more.
“It’s our hope that these events will be popular with beginner trappers – young and old – who are interested in getting into trapping but just aren’t sure how to start, have their questions answered and gain some hands on experience,” said Vince Evelsizer, furbearer wildlife research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The importance of being a responsible trapper will be emphasized throughout the workshop. Workshops are scheduled for:
Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Iowa Trapper’s Association, 3rd Annual Beginning Trappers Day, Lake Iowa Park, Shelter 2, near Ladora. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-784-7793.
Oct. 12, 8 a.m. – Noon: Iowa Furharvester Education Workshop, Nishna Bend Recreation Area, Harlan
Oct. 24, 5-9 p.m.: Learn to Trap: Furharvesting Workshop, Butch Olofson Shooting Range, near Polk City
Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Buchanan County Wildlife Seminar: Iowa Furharvesters, Fur Buyers and Taxidermists, Cedar Rock Visitor Center, near Quasqueton
“Regulated trapping can be an effective management tool to help keep some of our furbearer populations in check, like raccoons, coyotes and opossums. It’s also an excellent way to spend time with your family outdoors, enjoy the fall colors and get some great exercise,” he said.
There is more information on the Oct. 12, 24 and 26 workshops online, including registration forms, at https://register-ed.com/programs/iowa/154-iowa-advanced-skills-and-opportunities. The Iowa DNR is exploring additional beginner trapping workshops in the spring and fall of 2020.
Iowa’s furbearer hunting and trapping seasons begin Nov. 2.