IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Here’s everything you need to know about the different classes, requirements and how to register.
Looking for a trapper, wolf catcher or hunter training course in Southeast Idaho? Not sure what classes you or your budding hunter/trapper need? Don’t know how to register for a course? Which courses are offered online? Will there be courses offered in the coming holidays? Idaho Fish and Game has the answers to your questions.
Take a moment to see what’s in store for you in Southeast Idaho—and don’t hesitate to prepare yourself or your favorite outdoor enthusiast for catching and hunting in Idaho.
Trapper Training Courses
- Two ways to get certified in Pocatello: Saturday, November 19 or Saturday, December 17 at the Idaho Fish and Game office at 1345 Barton Road. Each one-day course takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
- Already an experienced trapper? You may still need the class. As of July 2018, Idaho requires anyone who did not obtain a trapping license prior to July 2011 to complete a mandatory trapper training course.
- Registration for this course can be done online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education or by visiting a local Fish and Game office for assistance. The cost of the course is $9.75 per student. Places are limited.
- Don’t live in the Pocatello area? Idaho Fish and Game is working to offer some additional trapper training courses across the region in the coming year. However, if you know you need this course, don’t wait. A trip to Pocatello for a one day course is a small sacrifice to ensure you can catch this winter… and for life!
- Please note that this course does NOT allow a trapper to start capturing wolves immediately. Anyone intending to capture wolves must attend a wolf capture training course prior to purchasing wolf capture tokens. Therefore, anyone intending to trap wolves who did not hold an Idaho trapping license prior to July 2011 must complete both trapper and wolf trapper training.
Wolf Trapper Training Classes
Anyone intending to trap wolves in Idaho must attend a wolf trap training course prior to purchasing wolf trap tokens. Several wolf trapping courses will be offered across the state over the next few months. These courses are taught by certified wolf trapping instructors who travel from region to region to deliver these one-day courses. Wolf trapping training includes regulations, ethics and trapping methods for wolves.
- Two ways to get wolf catcher training in this field.
- Sunday, November 20 at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office in Pocatello. This one-day course takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you still need trapper training, you can take the trapper course offered the day before.
- Saturday, December 10 at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office in Idaho Falls. This one-day course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
- Anyone intending to trap wolves who did NOT have an Idaho trapping license prior to 2011 must complete BOTH trapper and wolf trapper training. So if that applies to you, keep an eye out for upcoming trapper training courses as well.
- Registration for a class can be done online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education or by visiting a local Fish and Game office for assistance. The cost of the course is $9.75 per student. Places are limited.
- Again, don’t wait for a wolf catcher training course to come to you. These classes are only taught a few times a year in most regions.
Hunter Education Course (in person and online)
Available to students ages 9 and up, these courses offer instruction in firearm handling and safety, hunting law and ethics, responsibility to landowners, hunting skills, wildlife identification, survival skills and first aid, and management and conservation.
- At the Fish and Game regional office in Pocatello, three face-to-face courses are planned in November and December, two of which will coincide with the school holidays!
- Nov. 21-26 (except Thanksgiving Day); 12pm to 3pm; Sat 9 a.m. to noon.
- Dec 5 – 10; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to noon.
- Dec 19 – 23; every day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m
- Registration for these classes can be done online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education or by visiting a local Fish and Game office for assistance. The cost of the course is $9.75 per student.
- Who Needs Hunter Education? Individuals born on or after January 1, 1975 must either complete a hunter’s training course to obtain a license OR provide proof of a previously held Idaho or other state hunting license.
- More classes will be added to the program over the coming year at locations throughout the Southeast region. So check the online schedule regularly at https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education to see additional courses.
- Don’t forget that the Hunter training can also be completed entirely online at https://www.hunter-ed.com/idaho/. The cost of the online course is $32.50. No field day required.
For more information on Idaho’s trapper and hunter training programs or specific classes in the Southeast region, please contact the Regional Fish and Game office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.