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Trapper Mentoring Program

If You are Under 12 Years Old:

Successful Junior TrapperUnder the Trapper Mentoring Program you may accompany and assist a licensed trapper who has at least 3 years of trapping experience. You must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The licensed trapper may be a parent or legal guardian, or someone 18 years or older and designated in writing on the Mentored Youth Hunter and Trapper Permission Form (PDF 19kb).
  • You may assist the license trapper in all aspects of trapping (except the discharging of a firearm) without possessing a trapping license.
  • If you wish to trap on your own and you are under 12 years old, you will need to successfully complete New York's Trapper Education Program.
  • To continue trapping once you are 12 years old, you must complete the Trapper Education Program.

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