TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) Idaho wildlife managers say trappers will need to take a mandatory education course next year before they can buy a trapping license. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced the new rules apply to anyone who bought a license after June 30, 2011. Those who passed a certified voluntary trapper education course in the state are exempt from the new rule. Any new trappers will need to take the course and pass it starting July of 2018. Officials say a wolf trapping course will not be enough.

Trapping is a learned skill, and our course helps trappers learn the best tools, methods, and locations for catching their intended quarry,” said Bill Seybold, Idaho Fish and Game’s Trapper Education Coordinator, in a prepared statement. “But responsible trapping is critical, and this course teaches trappers how to avoid catching non-target animals, as well as how to minimize their potential impacts on other recreationists.”

Courses will include basic techniques, focus on safety and ethical behavior, finding safe and responsible places to trap, and how certain animals act along with other aspects to trapping.

Courses will be taught by experienced trappers and Idaho Fish and Game employees. The training courses will be scheduled throughout the year and upcoming classes can be found a Watch the Fish and Game website for upcoming classes at this LINK. You must be 9 years old and up to register for a class.