The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Fur Harvesters Association will host a free trapper training camp at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Humphreys County, the weekend of Feb. 24-26.
Course material will include live trapline, fur handling, set making, snaring, and trap modification. The three-day event is open for all ages. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register at www.gooutdoorstennessee.com.
Check-in will begin Friday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. followed by classroom instruction from 7-9 p.m. The workshop will continue Saturday, Feb. 25, with a full day of course work and three meals provided. The event will conclude after breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 26.
On-site primitive camping is available, and participants must provide their own camping gear, have appropriate clothing, and bring note-taking materials. A list of nearby hotels will be provided with the confirmation packet.
Tennessee has a long history of wildlife trapping, which serves as a valuable tool for fur and pelt harvest, as well as wildlife population control and nuisance animal management. Proper education on trapping methods and regulations helps ensure the practice is done safely for hunters and pets, and ethically for the wildlife.
For more information about the event, contact John Daniel with Tennessee Fur Harvesters Association at [email protected].