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Learn to Hunt program opens registration for beginner fur harvesting workshops

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 8th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to trap furbearers to anyone who has little to no trapping experience. The eight workshops will feature several knowledge and skill building sessions with instructors that will teach the basics of trapping in Iowa. Courses will be offered beginning in August in Dixon, Forest City, Otho, Hazelton, Knoxville, Mt. Pleasant, Spencer and St. Charles.

Iowa DNR Program Coordinator Jamie Cook says “For those interested in the tradition of trapping as a means of sourcing fur, this program provides the opportunity to learn the skills and the knowledge it takes to do it all yourself.”

Participants will learn basic strategies for trapping such as proper equipment, trap placement, trapping regulations and steps for preparing hides for trade. The courses take place in various locations statewide with times and details varying for each event. Each course is designed for participants of all ages. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information and to begin the registration process, go to https://license.gooutdoorsiowa.com/Event/EventsHome.aspx

The program is provided through a partnership with the Iowa DNR and Iowa Trapper Association. It is part of a national effort to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters, anglers and trappers due to the overall decline in hunting and outdoor recreation.