Trapper Education Workshop Offered at Sandhill

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Photo from one of the University Fur Ecology Schools. John Irwin, trapper education instructor and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Students.BABCOCK – First-time trappers are required to attend a trapper education course offered by the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Trappers Association. They have the chance to attend one as soon as next month.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center near Babcock, Wisconsin, will offer a trapper workshop on Sept. 13-14 from 9 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The course is open to anyone 12 years old and older interested in acquiring safe and humane trapping skills. People successfully completing the course will receive WTA-DNR trapper education graduation cards and free trapping privileges for the year.

Students should provide their own sleeping bag, a bag lunch on Saturday, and appropriate clothing for working outdoors. They also will have to make their own arrangements for transportation to and from Sandhill.

A registration fee of $25 is required, which includes the Wisconsin Trappers Association education manual, three meals, refreshments, and overnight stay in the dormitory. Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Checks should be made out to DNR-Skills Center. Include the name of each participant, and the address and daytime phone number of one person in each party. Send your registration fee to: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, P.O. Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413. Inquiries on the status of registrations may be sent via e-mail to: Richard [dot] Thiel [at] wisconsin [dot] gov.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock, Wisconsin on the 9,000 acre DNR Sandhill Wildlife Area.