Idaho Fish and Game will offer a variety of hunting and trapping classes over the next month. Here are the details.
Trapper education courses
Idaho Fish and Game will offer two education courses in February, covering laws, ethics, safety, basic trapping methods and ways to avoid non-target catches.
As of July 2018, Idaho law requires trappers to go through this course if they were certified after July 2011. Trappers only need to take the course once to be certified for life.
The first course will be at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Pocatello Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second will be at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Idaho Falls Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Participants can register online or at any Idaho Fish and Game office. The cost is $9.75 per person. Seats are limited.
Idaho Fish and Game is working to provide additional courses throughout Southeastern Idaho for future years.
Hunter education courses
Hunter education courses go over firearm handling safety, hunting laws and ethics, responsibilities toward landowners, hunting skills, wildlife identification, survival skills, survival first aid and management and conservation.
Idaho Fish and Game will hold this class dozens of times this spring. Check its website for times. Participants can register online or at any Idaho Fish and Game office. The cost is $9.75 per person.
Participants can also take the hunter education course online. The cost of the online course is $32.50 and does not require a field day.
There are also bow hunting courses available.
Wolf trapper education courses
Wolf trapper education courses, taught by specialized wolf trapping instructors, cover wolf trapping regulations, ethics and methods.
The course is required for anyone who does not hold an Idaho trapping license prior to 2011 and before buying wolf trapping tags. Those interested in trapping wolves must also take the trapper education course mentioned earlier in this article.
There are two opportunities to take the course. The first is at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Pocatello Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the second is at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Idaho Falls March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $9.75 per person.
Participants can register online or at any Idaho Fish and Game office.