I finally made it to the Fur Takers of America’s Trapper’s College in Indiana this past September. I can only say, “WOW”. In brief, it is like a crash course of non-stop information on trapping and wildlife damage management. It was truly amazing how the instructors and program developers could put so much information into a week’s time.
Day’s start with breakfast at 6:30 A.M. and end at 9:00 P.M. only if you don’t want to listen to Rick Shadel’s presentation on wildlife damage management from 9:00 PM to 10:00 P.M.
In an age of Death by PowerPoint teaching, the Trapper’s College is nothing short of a full experiential learning. The training is straight forward. First the instructors show you, then you go out into the field and actually put into practice what you were taught. Add up the experience of the instructors and the number will be over 800 years of trapping expertise. Let me be clear. If you need something caught, these guys are the people to contact.
How much does it cost? Only $950.00 and that covers food, training, and lodging. If you want to learn about fur trapping this is the place to go.
Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACP and graduate of the 2010 Trapper’s College.