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  Illinois Trapper Education Courses 

Trapping is a serious commitment. When a trapper buys a license and sets a trap, he or she is bound by law to check that trap at least once a day.

Illinois DNR provides trapper education courses for the public and encourages all trappers to participate. These courses teach people proper techniques and equipment to use in order to trap safely and humanely. These courses emphasize laws, regulations and responsible behavior.
Trapper Education Courses
Hundreds of Illinois residents participate in trapper education classes annually. Trapper education classes are mandatory for youth under 18 before they can buy a trapping license.
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Illinois DNR continually reviews rules, regulations and education programs to make certain that trapping is done as humanely as possible.

For more information about trapper education courses, contact Illinois DNR at 800-832-2599. (Ameritech Relay for the deaf and hearing impaired is 800-526-0844.) Portions of Illinois’ Trapper Education requirement can now be fulfilled online at TrapperEd.com

Illinois Safety Education Programs
Safety education programs include trapping, hunting and more.

Trapper Education Manual

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64 KB

Pages 1-30
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Pages 31-68
7622 KB

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This manual is used in Illinois trapper education courses and is available for download above as PDFs.

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