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Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« on: December 18, 2011, 11:05:54 AM »

I'm adding a portion to the top of this because so many people ask me about classes. Most of our classes are scheduled when we get enough students signed up to warrant a class. George Brady (509)923-2326 is our Trapper Education Coordinator and if you wish to take a class it is very important to call him and register. The sooner you register the sooner we will have a class.
 So why you ask don't you just schedule a class and post it?
 We do have two classes we hold for sure every year. One is at our Summer Rendezvous which will be in Eastern WA usually at Cashmere. Look at the Events page on http://watrappers.com/ for info about our Rendezvous. The other is held in the fall in Western WA usually in the Olympia area. The scheduling of that is firmed up in early fall. We do hold other classes in other areas and at different times as student registration warrants it.
So why do we do it that way?
We will hold a class for one student if needed but we prefer to get a few students together at one time. We have held classes when only one person showed and we try to avoid that. It's a lot of work and expense to make arrangements for a big class and then only one person show.
Again call George Brady (509)923-2326

Before you can get a trappers license you must complete and pass the trapper education test.

Trapper Education Classes
All first-time Washington trappers, regardless of age, are required to successfully complete Trapper Education training or successfully challenge the written examination process. The Washington State Trapper's Association sponsors one course each year at our Summer Rendezvous.

Other classes are scheduled as interest dictates. Please contact George Brady at (509)322-6844 to register for the next class.

Trappers Education Home Study Option
We think students will get more out of a class but the home study option is available. You can get a manual by contacting George Brady at (509)923-2326. The cost is $15. You may contact one of our Course Instructors that are nearest you to make arrangements to challenge the written examination process. George can direct you to the nearest instructor to take the test.

Washington State Trappers Association is offering a half price membership for anyone taking the Trapper Training class.

We have a schedule of classes on our web-site http://watrappers.com/

Once you have your Trapper Education Certificate you should wait a couple weeks if possible to allow the WDFW to get your name in the system. You can then get your license at any License dealer in the state. If you go to the WDFW Olympia office for your license you can get it there but they will charge you an additional $180 so don't make that mistake.

You will learn this in the class but in WA we can only use cage traps, box traps, suitcase type beaver traps and rat traps with some exceptions for Nuisance wildlfe control. Take a look at the trapping seasons and regulations here http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00769/wdfw00769.pdf
Please note the information about Trapper Education on that page is out of date.


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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 05:46:57 PM »
How do they fiqure $180, man that's screwy...

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 06:30:37 PM »
How do they fiqure $180, man that's screwy...

They call it an application fee. Apparently they figured what it cost to make out a license at their office and this is what they came up with. Only in the government could it cost $180 to sell you a credit card type license. LOL
Anyway they want you to go to the dealers and this is the incentive.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 06:34:02 PM »
How do they fiqure $180, man that's screwy...

They call it an application fee. Apparently they figured what it cost to make out a license at their office and this is what they came up with. Only in the government could it cost $180 to sell you a credit card type license. LOL
Anyway they want you to go to the dealers and this is the incentive.

You don't even get the old card anymore. I bet it is $180 for the paper license.




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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 06:48:22 PM »
You guys might know? I have a WI state trapper certification, will it transfer over? I can't seem to find it in any reads.

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 06:49:49 PM »
How do they fiqure $180, man that's screwy...

They call it an application fee. Apparently they figured what it cost to make out a license at their office and this is what they came up with. Only in the government could it cost $180 to sell you a credit card type license. LOL
Anyway they want you to go to the dealers and this is the incentive.

You don't even get the old card anymore. I bet it is $180 for the paper license.

No No, that is just what it costs extra. The total is $216 at their office.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 06:50:27 PM »
You guys might know? I have a WI state trapper certification, will it transfer over? I can't seem to find it in any reads.

No
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2011, 05:26:00 AM »
How do they fiqure $180, man that's screwy...

They call it an application fee. Apparently they figured what it cost to make out a license at their office and this is what they came up with. Only in the government could it cost $180 to sell you a credit card type license. LOL
Anyway they want you to go to the dealers and this is the incentive.

You don't even get the old card anymore. I bet it is $180 for the paper license.

No No, that is just what it costs extra. The total is $216 at their office.

Holy crap! I thought it was crazy at $180, but $216 just to keep you from purchasing virtually a receipt from their 'customer service' folks. That's crazy.




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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2011, 08:09:46 AM »
 :yeah:
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 05:31:14 PM »
So how much is the license after you get the certificate if you just go to any license dealer? Still $180 (or 216 total)? Is this annually? Seems steep to me.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012, 07:23:22 PM »
Like $43to (don't have my regs in front of me) they initiated a filing fee or some such for specialty licenses that are purchased directly through the olympia office. licence dealers dont charge that fee, it is specific to the olympia office.

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2012, 07:27:32 PM »
I think at a dealer it should be $41.50.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2012, 10:32:12 PM »
 So to challenge the test,is it based on the rules or the whole trappers ed pdf on the WDFW web site? it is pretty lengthly.iv'e browsed through it and alot seems rudundant. I have trapped for many years in Wisconsin,and i know i need to take the test here. i relize i will probably have to wait till june,but just looking for a little heads up.

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2012, 11:41:29 PM »
So to challenge the test,is it based on the rules or the whole trappers ed pdf on the WDFW web site? it is pretty lengthly.iv'e browsed through it and alot seems rudundant. I have trapped for many years in Wisconsin,and i know i need to take the test here. i relize i will probably have to wait till june,but just looking for a little heads up.

Mostly the rules. I would advise to call George up and have him send you the manual though. The version on the WDFW site is outdated.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2012, 09:15:40 AM »
thanks... sorry! guess i should have looked at some of the older posts. I only went back a couple pages. :rolleyes:

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2013, 08:22:20 PM »
I'm going to send my kid to the trapper ed class. Do they teach anything about leg holds, or just the current trapping methods?

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2013, 08:59:38 PM »
I'm going to send my kid to the trapper ed class. Do they teach anything about leg holds, or just the current trapping methods?

We do try to touch on all traps that are legal even those ones you have to obtain a special permit to use so yes.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2013, 09:03:28 PM »
Actually something Ive considered. Not quite sure if it would ever be used but I would love to have the option to trap. Ive always been interested in traps. But the kind I know about are none that are legal. Going to be a new learning curve.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2013, 09:44:43 PM »
I left Mr. Brady a message today and havent heard back but I just noticed that there are two different phone numbers listed for him.  Are they both correct?

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2013, 08:17:33 PM »
I left Mr. Brady a message today and havent heard back but I just noticed that there are two different phone numbers listed for him.  Are they both correct?

George is really busy right now. He is receiving agent for FHA and a fur buyer. Season coming to an end. He may be in Seattle. Try (509)322-6844 or better yet give him a couple days.
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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2013, 08:21:19 PM »
I left Mr. Brady a message today and havent heard back but I just noticed that there are two different phone numbers listed for him.  Are they both correct?

George is really busy right now. He is receiving agent for FHA and a fur buyer. Season coming to an end. He may be in Seattle. Try (509)322-6844 or better yet give him a couple days.

Thanks for the reply.  As long as the message for to the correct place I can wait for a call back at his convenience, I am in no really hurry to get this done ASAP.  Thanks again!

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2013, 07:43:58 AM »
Its that time of year again.....WSTA is having a Trapper Education class on December 7, 2013 in Littlerock.

Littlerock Fire Department
10828 Littlerock Rd SW
Olympia  98512

We start at 9am and try to be done by about 3 or 4pm. With any luck, Bruce or Adam will do a fur handling demo. Trapper Ed Manuals are available at the class (I think the cost is $10 or $15. I'll find out for sure after talking to the printer).  The class itself is free.  If you are planning to come, please let me know so there are enough books and materials. You can send me a PM or leave a message on the phone @ 360-264-5316.

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2013, 07:29:44 AM »
Looking at the website and I notice there is no where really close by for the classes, I will have to do the home study.  For the test do I need to drive to one of these locations?

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2013, 10:00:36 AM »
You can call George Brady (509-923-2326). He is in charge of the Trapper education Program. Maybe he can find an instructor who is closer to you so you can take the test. Have you looked at watrappers.com?   Not sure how far of a drive it is, but it's a really good class if you can make it.

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Re: Trapper Education and how to get a trapping license
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2013, 07:29:44 PM »
George could maybe set you up with Ken Payne. He is an instructor and he lives in Bellingham. A little closer. Talk to George Brady about it.
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