Currently, only Illinois and Kansas offer online, state-specific trapper education courses that address the regulations and species found in the state (check back for new state courses soon).

Trappers from other states are welcome to take either of these free courses to learn a lot about trapping and/or to prepare for a trapper education course in their state. However, the certification earned in the Illinois and Kansas online courses are only valid in Illinois and Kansas. if your state requires trapper education certification, check with your state wildlife agency for course requirements and availability.

To add a state-specific course for your state, contact Jon Marshall at

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People born on or after January 1, 1998 must complete a Trapper Education Course before they are allowed to buy a trapping license. This requirement does not apply to people 18 years of age or younger who have a valid Youth Trapping License and are accompanied in the field by a parent, grandparent, or guardian who is at least 21 years of age and has a valid trapping license. People who are eligible to obtain a Youth Trapping License must complete a Trapper Education Course and purchase a regular trapping license at 19 years of age — or at any age if they choose to trap alone.

Trapper education courses are offered by certified instructors. Dates and locations of classes are posted on DNR's website as they are scheduled by instructors. (http://www.dnrillinois.govisafety/Pages/Trapping.aspx) People who successfully complete courses taught by instructors are issued a Student Card that allows them to buy a trapping license.

A Trapper Education Course is also offered online. People who successfully complete the online course can print a certificate that allows them to buy a trapping license.

Persons born on or after July 1, 1966 must complete the course before harvesting furbearers in the state on lands other than their own. This online course meets the furharvester education requirement (K.S.A. 32-912) in Kansas. When you complete each of the lessons below and pass the final exam, you will receive your Kansas furharvester education certification.

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