Becoming a Trapper in Alberta

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Trapping in Alberta is governed by the Alberta Wildlife Act and the Alberta guide to trapping Regulations which is updated annually.

Local Trappers Organization   

•    Alberta Trappers Association

Furbearers that live in Alberta

Badger, bear, beaver, bobcat, coyote, fisher, fox, lynx, marten, mink, muskrat, otter, raccoon, red squirrel, skunk, weasel, wolf, and wolverine

Mandatory Requirements for First-time Trappers

In Alberta you are classified as a first time trapper when: you have never before held a trapping licence; completed a fur management course or have been authorized in Alberta or elsewhere to trap furbearing animals.

Before you can purchase a trapping licence you must complete a Trapper Education Course which deals with humane trapping and fur management.

Appointments to take tests may be made at Fish & Wildlife Division district offices. Testing times vary with each office.

Trapper education courses are offered at Trapper Gord Wilderness College throughout the year. See available dates on our Wilderness College page.

There are four types of trapping licences in Alberta

Registered Fur Management Licence

An adult resident of Alberta can obtain a registered fur management licence. With this licence the licence holder as well as his spouse or resident child under 18 years of age can hunt or trap furbearers within the specific boundary of a designated Registered Fur Management Area (RFMA) and also on private lands that they may own or occupy. These licences are administered by Alberta Fish and Wildlife

This type of licence is issued for five years but must be renewed each year before September 30.

Resident Fur Management Licence

An Alberta resident 14 years of age or older may obtain a Resident Fur Management Licence. With this licence the holder may trap furbearers on land that they own, lease or occupy as long as they have written permission – on Form WA 19A- from individuals that own, lease or occupy the land. Additional permission is required for snares to be used. These licences are administered by Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

Indian Fur Management Licence

This licence authorizes Indians to hunt and trap fur-bearing animals within the boundaries of the Indian Reserve in which they live. These licences may be obtained from Band Administration Offices.

Métis Fur Management Licence

This licence authorizes Métis Settlement members to hunt and trap fur-bearing animals within the boundaries of the Métis Settlement in which they live. These licences may be obtained from Métis Settlement Supervisors.

Youths Accompanying Trapper

Family or non-family members 12 years of age or older are permitted to accompany and trap with an adult who holds a valid licence (until the youths are eligible to obtain a licence). Written permission from the youth’s parents or guardian is required.

For all types of types of trapping the following applies:

A fur management licence or trapper’s identification card must be carried at all times while trapping. Resident trappers must also carry Form WA 19A signed by the landowner providing permission to trap on the lands involved. Trappers using power-neck snares and common neck snares on land owned by someone else must carry written permission from the landowner to use these snares.

Licence Fees

• Resident Fur Management Licence $20.00
• Registered Fur Management Licence - Senior Holder $40.00
• Registered Fur Management Partner Licence $20.00
• 3 Townships (189 to 280 sq. km [73 to 108 sq. mi]) - an additional fee $10.00
• 4 Townships (281 to 373 sq. km [109 to 144 sq. mi]) - an additional fee $20.00
• 5 Townships (374 to 466 sq. km [145 to 180 sq. mi]) - an additional fee $30.00
• 6 Townships (more than 466 sq. km [180 sq. mi]) - an additional fee $40.00
• Indian Fur Management Licence No charge
• Métis Fur Management Licence No charge
• Damage Control No charge

Note: The information provided regarding licensing is intended as an overview. For detailed information and all of the regulations associated with trapping licences please consult the Alberta Guide to Trapping Regulations. This document can be found online at or visit your local branch of Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

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