Trapper Education

A trapper education course teaches participants how to responsibly trap furbearing animals and bears in Maine. This comprehensive course provides a foundation of knowledge and skills upon which to build. Topics covered in the 10-hour course include trapping ethics, proper trapping equipment, responsible trap setting, and the importance of sound wildlife management practices. (See course content below.)

Maine’s Trapping Education Courses are considered home study courses. Participants must complete the online module OR the workbook AND attend the in-person course which includes a short, written exam to successfully complete the course. Upon successful completion you will receive your Maine Trapper Education Certification Card.

Trapping Education Course

  • Fur handling
  • Tools of the trade
  • Trap setting: Types of traps, trap setting, and best management practices
  • Handling and releasing animals
  • Trapping laws and regulations
  • Landowner relations and trapping ethics
  • Hands-on field exercises
  • Use of exclusion devices
  • Course includes the bear trapping module

Students must be at least ten years old to attend the course, students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Can't find a course for your area? Contact the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220

When registering online, please make sure that all fields are filled out completely and accurately.

Current Courses

County Location Contact Date/Time Info
Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine **FULL** Ronald Fournier - (207) 441-6562 or for questions/information **FULL** October 05, 8:30am-3pm **FULL**

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Washington Columbia - Pleasant River Fish & Game **FULL** Paul Favolise - (207) 483-4779 or for questions/information **FULL** October 15, 8am-4pm **FULL**

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Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Jaime Berard - (207) 287-5220 or for questions/information October 18, 8:30am-3pm

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Looking for the Black Bear Trapping Education course? Click here

This course is shorter and designed for those that wish only to trap black bear in Maine.