Trapper Gord Wilderness College

Trapper Education

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Traditional Crafts

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Wolf Management

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Fur Handling

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Making Rawhide

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Trapper Education

Summary

This course is recognized across North America as being one of the best and is widely accepted where a Standard Trapping Course is mandatory for first time trappers.

Trapping is a lifelong learning experience and each season a significant number of well seasoned trappers also attend for upgrading.

The course will cover a minimum of 28hours of instruction on humane trapping, pelt preparation, sets, regulations and fur bearer management. Upon successful completion of the course the student will receive a certificate which then enables the student to purchase either a resident or registered trapping license for Alberta.

Length - 35 hours over Four Days     Cost: $675.00

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At the Trapper College you will learn
  • History & Development of the Industry
  • Biology of Furbearers
  • Management of Furbearers
  • Required Equipment and Maintenance
  • Preparation & Business Management
  • Regulations
  • Humane Harvesting and the Agreement on International Trapping Standards
  • Fur Handling- Cased and Open pelts
  • Fur Marketing – Grading and Selling Fur
  • Field Trips – Choosing locations and making sets
  • Disease and Bio Diversity
  • Ethics and Public Relations

Course Objectives

Course Objectives of Trapper Gord Wilderness College Trapper Education Class
  1. To introduce participants to the wonderful world of trapping in the 21st Century
  2. To understand the important roles that trappers play in the prevention of disease and conservation
  3. To create a positive experience and respect for furbearers, the bush and genuine trappers
  4. To give students the introductory skills to begin their own adventures as a trapper and steward of the land on their own trapline
  5. To learn in an atmosphere that provides many hands on opportunities and experiences
  6. To take participants into a far close association with nature and provide an education in a manner that makes time fly by and feels more like a vacation than a course
  7. To help new trappers understand the need for professionalism and their responsibilities to the fur resource, the fur industry and the public

Schedule

Dates Location Status
To be determined Debolt Alberta Call for more information

Classes will begin either Wednesday after supper or Thursday morning and continue through until Sunday afternoon.

Testimonials

“Great venue, great instructors and a wonderful family experience for myself and my girls. It was great for both seasoned veterans or beginners.”

"Excellent hands on opportunity. Family environment with a no pressure atmosphere for learning. A wonderful experience."

"Tired of wasting time doing nothing on a holiday, then tired again when you get home ? Well not for us. My 12 year old son and I experienced the exact opposite on a recent four day 'hands on' Alberta Trapper Education outing. The wealth of knowledge that we have been exposed to during this time would take a life time to learn on your own. The zeal and excitement that these dedicated 'trapper' teachers have shared and now passed on to these new stewards of Alberta's fur bearers will have a great beneficial effect on the natural resources of our beautiful province of Alberta."

Traditional Crafts

Summary

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Length - One Day     Cost: $150.00

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  • Use Bones, Teeth & Antlers to create jewelry
  • Bowl or Cup Burning out of wood
  • Cat Tail mat
  • Build a Pump Drill

Course Duration

1 Day

Schedule

Dates Location Status
To be announced Debolt Alberta Proposed

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Wolf Management with Certification

Summary

This course creates a fast track for trappers and those wishing to learn about wolves; options for equipment choices; and strategies for harvesting and managing wolves. It teaches the importance of targeting the pack vs. just one wolf and looks at the significance of respect for the wolf in relation to successful harvesting. By leaning how wolves think and understanding the options for wolf management students will learn the skills to be effective on wolves by following a few simple rules.

The course also looks at the emotions and opinions of the public in regards to wolves and teaches students how to avoid becoming part of the controversy.

Length - Two Days     Cost: $200.00

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  • Wolf Politics
  • Wolf Biology
  • Habits of Consistent Wolf Trappers Equipment
  • Traps
  • Snares
  • Baits and lures
  • Salient features and choosing capture sites
  • Strategies and sets
  • Humane trapping
  • Avoiding accidental catches

Course Objectives

  1. To get students to understand that harvesting wolves is not rocket science. Solid skills and real expertise comes with training, experience and time. But anyone with a little training can be effective on wolves if they follow a few basic rules and simply make an effort.
  2. To train students to always make sets that are aimed at taking the pack and not just individual wolves. Individual wolf capture will happen about 50% of the time. But if only one trap or snare is set a single wolf is all that can be harvested. On the other hand with enough snares or traps set in a small area a targeted pack can often be finished off in one lucky scoop.
  3. To create awareness of the general public and of the emotions, opinions and polarized thinking that occurs wherever wolves are mentioned. I try to help students develop habits for not becoming part of this controversy while they are doing their job.
  4. Respect for the wolf. This is a critical point. Within the groups I listed above there is always individual ego. In my workshops its all about the wolf and I try to help everyone get focused on the job at hand. I stress the need for students to understand that experienced wolves can humiliate the best trappers. Initial success is usually met the next season with a new set of lessons coming to the trappers from the wolves. Trappers need to be alert and open to what the wolves are telling them. To learn to be alert to detail and to remain flexible. To be consistently effective at harvesting wolves requires a whole lot of respect for them and a lapse will have a trapper looking at empty traps and snares until they smarten back up.
  5. To create a fast track for trappers to learn about wolves, equipment choices, attitudes, and strategies that will create all kinds of different possibilities for managing wolves.
  6. To train trappers to think like wolves.

Schedule

Dates Location Status
July 23 - 24, 2011 Fort St. John, BC Accepting class registrations
August 13 - 14, 2011 Grande Cache, AB Accepting class registrations

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Fur Handling - Course with Certification

Summary

This workshop teaches trappers the latest standards in fur handling and preparation to ensure trappers get the most out of their fur catches. It address the importance of proper handling to ensure pelts are not downgraded or ruined. We provide expert coaching on a wide variety of furbearers giving participants hands on experience with many different tools, methods and quality of fur. Trappers will further understand their responsibility to respect this resource and enjoy the personal pride to be found in well handled fur.

As a matter of professional development this is potentially one of the most important courses any trapper new or experienced can take.

Length - Two Days     Cost: $200.00

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Fur Handling - What you will learn about
  • Fur Grading and Market Requirements
  • Safety
  • Disease Recognition
  • Equipment
  • Tools and Maintenance
  • Cased Pelt Fur in - Weasel, Squirrel, Muskrat, Mink, Otter
  • Cased Pelt Fur Out- Fisher, Wolf, Coyote, Canada Lynx, Marten
  • Open Pelt- Beaver
  • Preparing for Taxidermy
  • Fixing mistakes
  • Gland Removal
  • Monitoring for condition and disease
  • Storing prepared pelts over a season
  • Marketing

Course Objectives

Fur Handling - Course Objectives
  1. Not a lot can be done by a trapper to increase the value of a furbearer with a poor pelt. However, a poorly trained or indifferent trapper can easily ruin or severely downgrade the value of a prime pelt through improper or poor handling
  2. To help a trapper realize the most financial return for their efforts
  3. Changes in which pelts are prepared for market are often updated to come in line with the requirements of changing markets and customers. This workshop brings trappers in line with the latest standards.
  4. To acquaint trappers with market requirements, tools and methods
  5. Provide the participants with a large number of furbearers and through expert coaching and serious hands on experience learn many different methods of quality fur handling.
  6. Further enhance respect for the resource and to further understand the trappers responsibility to the resource.
  7. There is a lot of personal satisfaction and pride to found in well handled fur. As a matter of professional development this is potentially one of the most important courses any trapper new or experienced can take.

Schedule

Dates Location Status
To be announced Debolt Alberta Proposed

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Making Rawhide - Course with Certification

Summary

For anyone wishing to build with traditional materials this course is a must. Learning how to make rawhide is essential as it is used to make a wide variety of traditional crafts. In this course students learn all aspects of rawhide starting with the history; to how to make it and how to use it. Participants are also taught how to maximize the use of every animal, as well as a deep appreciation and respect for the gift nature has given us with wild game.

Length - One Day     Cost: $150.00

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Making Rawhide Course - what you will learn
  • Fur Grading and Market Requirements
  • History and uses of rawhide
  • Fleshing and preparation of the hide
  • Framing
  • Drying and scraping
  • Using rawhide in project creation

Course Objectives

  1. Rawhide is used in a wide variety of traditional crafts from the construction of native drums to binding for snowshoes. For any student who is serious about building with traditional materials learning how to make rawhide is essential.
  2. How to use rawhide.
  3. To create a better understanding for the students of the widest possible uses of every animal harvested.
  4. To help foster a deeper appreciation and respect for the gifts that the wild game resource gives us.

Schedule

Dates Location Status
To be announced Debolt Alberta Proposed

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