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DNR held trapper education class this weekend.Submitted: 08/02/2015

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ACKLEY WILDLIFE AREA - It may not be hunting season, but August is a popular time of year to learn how to trap.

The DNR held a trapper education class this weekend.

"Anybody that wishes to trap that did not trap or did not buy a trapping license prior to 1992 is required to take and pass a trapper education class," said DNR Conservation Warden Tim Otto. "We also teach this as a learn-to-trap event."

The first half of the class is inside, but the second half takes people outside to get hands-on experience.

"You can learn all day from a book but until you actually put it practice, it really cements it in and you can really get in and feel what needs to be done," said participant and first time trapper Dennis Schmidt.

This class focuses not only on the "how to" of trappings, but also on the ethics which can often be controversial.

"We really try to hammer on ethics with people because we realize there are a lot of misconceptions and it's kind of a fringe sport in some people's minds," said Otto. "And we don't want to see trapping go away. We want to see it protected."

The DNR encourages anyone who is interested to take a hunter education class. About 50 trapper education classes are offered throughout the year.

The DNR has information on all classes offered on their website.

Related Weblinks:
Wisconsin Trapper Classes

Story By: Katie Thoresen

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