Resources for Students and Instructors
Trapper Education Manual
Successful completion of a trapper education course is required of all first time trappers in New York State. This requirement started in 1980 to increase awareness of the trapper's responsibilities and to introduce beginning trappers to acceptable trapping methods, ethics and responsibilities, laws and regulations, natural history, and basic wildlife management principles.
The Trapper Education Manual (PDF) (5.0 MB) is available to view, print, or download.
Learn more about the safe, efficient, and effective use of traps on the Best Management Practices for Trapping page.
If you are interested in joining the Sportsman Education team, please read "How to Become a Sportsman Education Instructor".