Wilderness College

Here at the Trapper Gord Wilderness College we live and breathe trapping. If you have always wanted to become a trapper or have a desire to better understand this fascinating industry the four day Standard Trapper Education Course might be for you. On the other hand if you are a seasoned trapper and are looking to learn some new tricks or find you need to learn more about a new furbearer that’s recently moved onto your trapline or want to brush up on the latest in fur handling techniques the Trapper Gord Wilderness College will have what you are looking for.

Our workshops and courses range from one day to five and cover a wide range of topics but are mostly centered around how to harvest fur, equipment use, fur management and fur handling. Certificates are given with every workshop to participants who successfully complete the course.

Onsite we have comfortable cabins and great meals combined with expert instruction and plenty of hands on opportunities make these workshops a premium deal. If you are brand new to trapping or if you are a seasoned trapper this is a great time to give the Trapper Gord Wilderness College a try. It’s as good as it gets and you won’t want to leave!
We are also on the road a lot. We hold about 25 workshops across Canada every year.

 

To learn more or book a workshop contact Trapper Gord at info@trappergord.com or call 780.957.3731

 

KNOW THE CODE FOR RESPONSIBLE TRAPPING

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During trapping operations, trappers should:
 show compassion for the animals they capture; 
develop skills so that furs are properly prepared for market;
record all trap-set locations and captures of fur bearers;
carefully select trap-set locations and avoid capture of non-target species;
report the presence of diseased animals to a Fish and
Wildlife Division district office; and
know and practice proper killing and releasing methods.

Courses

Wolf Management 5
Wolf Management 2
Alberta Standard Trapper Education

“Our love of the wilderness and wild things is what motivates us. High standards, ethics and above all, respect for wildlife resources is the cornerstone of our teaching foundation.”

Professionalism, humane capture and sustainable management are the main themes at the TrapperGord Wilderness College. We reserve the right to refuse participants who do not share those same values. We offer first rate education, a chance to network with people who share similar values, and an opportunity to help us show the world that genuine trappers are people who deserve a lot of respect. We also want you to be satisfied with the time you spend in one of our workshops so we offer a money-back guarantee.” TrapperGord

During trapping operations, trappers should:

• show compassion for the animals they capture;
• develop skills so that furs are properly prepared for market;
• record all trap-set locations and captures of fur bearers;
• carefully select trap-set locations and avoid capture of non-target species;
• report the presence of diseased animals to a Fish and Wildlife Division district office; and know and practice proper killing and releasing methods.

WILDERNESS COURSES

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 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 – 3 Days     Cost: $400.00 + GST

• 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

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.

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.

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

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