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Trapper's Instructor Class
October 27, 2018

The LTAHA is hosting our first Trappers Instructors class on October 27, 2018, beginning at 6 am, at the LWDF rifle rang in Woodworth LA. There will be overnight bunking at the Woodworth education center for anyone who would like to come the night before. Meals will be provided according to RSVP. The instructor classes will last approximately six hours, ending at approximately 2 pm. However we will end early or stay late as needed. Please RSVP so we have enough manuals on hand for all instructors.

Note: The goal of this class is not to teach you how we want you to trap, but rather to get all instructors teaching beginners the same information: ethical, legal, trapping with the proper equipment and simple, successful techniques.

For more information please contact Tony Howard at 318-423-7860 or email at
mahoward@centurytel.net.

For RSVP please contact Tanya Sturman at 318-487-5885 (office), 318-581-1828 (call or text) or
tsturman@wlf.la.gov.

Agenda

Friday (Optional)
7:00 pm Dinner and informal discussion about trapping workshops and objectives
Bring your own toiletries, towels, and bedding.

Saturday
6:00 Breakfast
8:00 Meet and greet in the classroom
8:15 Class begins with overview of our history and goals- Tony Howard
8:30 Terminology, target topics, and time management
8:45 Introduction of the manual and the BMPs- Tony Howard
9:00 BMP breakdown- Tanya Sturman
9:15 Cover highlighted sections in Trapper Manual- Jennifer Manual
9:45 Traps, tools, and maintenance. Ryan Schaefer if available
10:30 Break
10:45 Instructor presentation and time management.
11:00 Water trapping demo- Steve Hughes, Ryan Schafer
Land trapping demo- Clint Johnson, Tony Howard
12:30 Lunch and question/answer session
1:30 Student demo with time limit of 10 minutes


2018/2019 Season Trapper Education Workshops

Oct. 20, 2018 - Monroe Field Office
Nov. 3, 2018 - Sherburne WMA
Nov. 10, 2018 - Woodworth Education Center
Dec. 1, 2018 - Peason Ridge WMA
Dec. 8, 2018 - Vermilionville
Jan. 19, 2019 - Rockefeller Refuge
Feb. 9, 2019 - Dewey Wills WMA
Feb. 16, 2019 - Pearl River WMA
Keep in mind, volunteer instructors do not need to have all the tricks, give super-secret tips, or have 20 years of experience. As instructors in this program, you will share the basics, such as traps types and history (which we will have available and can teach you), how to set traps and handle them safely, and basic sets for land or water animals as your skill set provides. As instructors you will learn tips and tricks from other instructors and even from students that will help on your line, and you will build relationships with others that will last a life time. These events are held around the state and primarily during trapping season so that students can implement what they learn
The LTAHA partnered with LDWF two years ago to develop a free voluntary hands-on trappers education program within the state, and since that time the program has taken off by leaps and bounds.
We have ten workshops scheduled for the remainder of 2018-March 2019. With this many work shops strategically located around the state, it is impossible for the current instructor staff to handle them all. It is now time to call for more volunteers to help instruct at the up-coming workshops.