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Trapper Education courses

Mandatory in Massachusetts to apply for a Massachusetts Trap Registration Number

Completion of a Trapper Education course is mandatory in Massachusetts for Problem Animal Control (PAC) agents and first-time trappers who wish to apply for a trap registration number.

Using both classroom work and field training, students receive instruction on best management practices for trapping furbearers, the proper use of traps, furbearer identification, trapping laws, ethics, and landowner relations.

All courses are FREE of charge and open to the public.

Course listing

The Hunter Education Program is offering two trapper education courses for the spring of 2019. Both course offerings will be hosted by the Spencer Fish and Game Club in Spencer, Massachusetts.

Both of these Trapper Education course offerings require students to attend 2 class sessions, complete a homework assignment, and take a written exam. Details are below -

Location Course format & details Status

Spencer Fish & Game Club
155 Mechanic Street
Spencer MA 01562
Click here for directions

 

 

 

2 session course with
independent study

March 20: 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
March 30: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Homework access:
Students taking this course
must complete a homework
assignment by March 30th.
Click here to access the
online homework.

 

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 20.

Spencer Fish & Game Club
155 Mechanic Street
Spencer MA 01562
Click here for directions

 

 

 

2 session course with
independent study

April 24: 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
May 4: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Homework access:
Students taking this course
must complete a homework
assignment by May 4th.
Click here to access the
online homework.

CLOSED.
Course is full.

No additional
names can be
added to the
roster. Call 
(508) 389-7830
for guidance.

Upon successful completion of a Massachusetts Trapper Education course, students will be mailed both a Trapper Education certificate and a Bailey-Hancock certificate.

Minors

Students under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian to attend this type of course. A parent or guardian should be present at the start of the student's class to complete the student's registration form or the student can bring a signed permission form with them to the start of their course.

Need to complete Trapper Education ASAP?

A state-issued Trapper Education certificate from any U.S. State can be used to apply for a Massachusetts Trap Registration number and apply to become a Problem Animal Control (PAC) agent.

If you cannot attend a Massachusetts Trapper Education course due to scheduling conflicts or distance, it may be helpful or worthwhile for you to see if any other states are offering a Trapper Education course which suits your needs. You can learn more about course offerings available outside of Massachusetts by following the links below (these links will take you to pages outside of Mass.gov) - 

Note: Before signing up for a course being offered outside of Massachusetts, make sure you read all of the requirements and confirm non-residents are allowed to participate in all aspects of the course.

If you specifically wish to use Bailey-Hancock traps (this type of trap is used only for the taking of beaver), you must take a Massachusetts Trapper Education course in order to earn a Bailey-Hancock certificate. Learn more.

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