Trapper Courses
 

Workshops

Fort Assiniboine - Snaring
March 19, 2017

Call the ATA Office at 780-349-6626 for more information.

Registration Forms:
Footholding Workshop
Fur Handling Workshop
Snaring Workshop
Under Ice Beaver Workshop

Upcoming Courses

Westlock Courses
The Alberta Trappers' Association will be offering the Standard
Trapping Course in Westlock every second month beginning November 2016. The courses will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Trapper Gord's
Wilderness College

Call 780-957-3731 for more information or to register.

Westlock - FULL
March 24-26, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Lethbridge - FULL
March 31-April 2, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Bonnyville
March 31-April 2, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Bushman Inc.
April 12-16, 2017
Call 780-998-0074 for more information or to register.

Westlock
April 21-23, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Black Diamond - FULL
April 21-23, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

High Prairie
April 28-30, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Slave Lake
May 12-14, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Westlock
May 26-28, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

Peace River
October 7-9, 2017
Call 780-349-6626 for more information or to register.

The Alberta Trappers’ Association Trapper Education Program provides the Standard Trapping course, as well as numerous workshops and presentations to schools and other interested groups year round throughout the province. Last year, the ATA put on 28 Standard Trapping Courses to 388 students. This season we are well on our way to matching that again. The interest in trapping has grown greatly in the past few years and with the elimination of the challenge test, the demand for courses has greatly increased. The ATA is working hard to accommodate the needs of everyone who wishes to take the course and is currently in the process of training additional instructors to help meet this increased demand. If you are interested in taking a trapper course, contact the ATA head office and we will inform you of upcoming courses or put your name on a waiting list for your area.

Course Information:

The Standard Trapping course is your first step toward becoming a trapper. The course includes instruction on the safe use of traps and other equipment, biology of furbearers, animal management, marketing and grading of furs, skinning and fur handling, as well as humane trapping techniques. The minimum age to take the course is 11, however, an adult in attendance must be assigned responsibility for any student under the age of 18. The cost of the course is $399.00 and includes the Trapper Education Manual.

Downloads
Alberta Standard Trapper's Course Registration Form
Liability Form

Course Photos:



Trapline 34
A short documentary film by Rueben Tschetter. A day on the line with Gordy Klassen and a trapping course at Sturgeon Lake Alberta.



Trapper Gord's Wilderness College

A standard trapping course will be offered at Trapper Gord's Wilderness College in Debolt, Alberta. These courses are specifically designed for those interested potential trappers living in areas where we do not travel to. This said, all interested candidates are invited to register.

Should you wish to print off the documents and send in the completed forms along with your cheque, please complete the forms entitlted “College Registration” and “Liability Form”. An additional form “College Information Sheet” is provided for your registering. Should you have concerns, kindly contact our office.

Downloads
College Information Sheet
Liability Form

Course Duration:

Classes will begin on Thursday morning and continue through until Sunday afternoon. The course will cover a minimum of 28 hours of instruction on humane trapping, pelt preparation, sets, regulations and furbearer management. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate that enables the student to purchase either a resident or registered trapping licence for Alberta.

Students should plan to arrive at the school Wednesday evening as instruction commences Thursday morning. Accommodations provided for the Wednesday evening. Meals start Thursday morning.

Location:

The college is near Debolt, Alberta (one-half hour east of Grande Prairie). Directions at the bottom of the sheet.

Accomodations:

Students will be housed in a two-person heated bunkhouse. Shower and bathroom facilities are available. The site has a heated classroom and if the weather is suitable, there is a firepit area for socializing after the course day. The field site is nearby and a heated trappers cabin is available should weather conditions make this necessary.

Cost:

A fee of $400 per student is required to pay for accommodation and the course. Registration will be on a first register, first pay basis. In the event the minimum number of students is not realized, the entire amount paid will be returned to the student. Should the course proceed and the candidate cannot attend, no funds will be returned to the student. Ensure you bring a warm sleeping bag, outdoor clothing and personal toiletries.

For further information, contact Trapper Gord by phone at 780-957-3731 or email info@trappergord.com

Details:

Complete the registration papers and ensure the liability waiver is signed and witnessed. Return forms along with the proper amount and you are then registered. Cheque should be payable to Trapper Gord. Send all documents to Box 317, Debolt, Alberta T0H 1B0.

Directions:

Located at Gordy Klassen's Ranch
  • Ranch is located near Debolt, Alberta. To find Debolt, go to Google maps and type in Debolt, Alberta
  • Debolt is between Valleyview and Grande Prairie, just off Highway 43
  • Ranch is 6 miles west of Debolt on Highway 43. Turn north on Range Road 20 for one-half mile
  • The road will dead end and turn into the Klassen driveway
  • Grande Prairie is 40 km. west of the ranch

Course Photos:


Testimonials:

“Great venue, great instructors and a wonderful family experience for myself and my girls. It was great for both seasoned veterans or beginners.”

“Excellent hands on opportunity. Family environment with a no pressure atmosphere for learning. A wonderful experience.”

“Tired of wasting time doing nothing on a holiday, then tired again when you get home? Well not for us. My 12 year old son and I experienced the exact opposite on a recent four day ‘hands on’ Alberta Trapper Education outing. The wealth of knowledge that we have been exposed to during this time would take a life time to learn on your own. The zeal and excitement that these dedicated ‘trapper’ teachers have shared and now passed on to these new stewards of Alberta’s fur bearers will have a great beneficial effect on the natural resources of our beautiful province of Alberta.”



Bushman Inc.

A standard trapping course will be offered at a new location called “Bushman Inc.” This location is a closer to the Edmonton area. If interested, please register at the Alberta Trappers' Association office (780-349-6626). Students will be housed in comfortable heated cabins (furnace and running water). A classroom is part of the complex and students are provided with meals. If interested, please download the forms, contact this office and register.

Downloads
Bushman Inc. Registration and Liability Form

Course Duration:

Classes will begin on Thursday morning and continue through until Sunday afternoon. The course will cover a minimum of 28 hours of instruction on humane trapping, pelt preparation, sets, regulations and furbearer management. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate that enables the student to purchase either a resident or registered trapping licence for Alberta.

Students should plan to arrive at the school Wednesday evening as instruction commences Thursday morning. Accommodations provided for the Wednesday evening. Meals start Thursday morning.

Location:

School is located about 130 km west of Edmonton towards Jasper. Directions at the bottom of the sheet.

Accommodations, Meals and Structures:

Students are housed in two to three person cabins. Showers and tub in each cabin. The field site for courses is 30 minutes distance and enclosed heated classroom is available.

Cost:

A fee of $675 per person pays for meals, course, trappers manual and rooms. Should a candidate register and choose not to attend, there will be no refunds. This is because we have fixed fees to run a course and depend on the registrations. Should a course be cancelled for any reason, all fees are refunded. Please bring a sleeping bag, clothing and personal toiletries including towels.

Details:

Complete the registration and liability forms and arrange payment. A cheque is acceptable (payable to Trapper Education) or credit card (call our office). Send all documents to Alberta Trappers' Association, Box 6020, Westlock, Alberta, T7P 2P7.

Directions:

60 Km east of Edson
10 Km West of Wildwood
130 Km West of Edmonton
Site is just South of the Highway on Range Road 102 off Hwy 16. Sign says “Lone Pine Ranch”.


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