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Free trapping class planned
Sep 27, 2019 08:30 ET
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WILLIAMSBURG — The Missouri Department of Conservation invites youth ages 11-17 accompanied by a parent or adult mentor to attend a Families Youth Trapper Education Clinic.

The free clinic is noon-7 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6-11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area near Williamsburg.

"Missourians have used trapping as a method of pursuing furbearers for generations," Conservation Agent Matt Spurgeon said.

Participants will learn basic trapping techniques including water sets, dry land sets, trapping equipment care and maintenance, skinning, fleshing and proper fur handling. MDC staff and volunteers from the Missouri Trappers Association will provide expertise. Participants will set their own traps under the guidance of experienced trappers.

"It's a skill that requires special attention to animal behavior and how different species interact with their environment," Spurgeon said. "Learning effective trapping skills can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors as a family, and put food on the table."

MDC offers this clinic at no cost to attendees, but participants must register online at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZMD. Dinner will be served Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning, but participants should plan to bring their own snacks and drinks for the remainder of the training.

For more information, contact Spurgeon at 573-864-3559 or Matt.Spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov.