Trapper Education

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has partnered with the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association (LTAHA) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to provide a free, voluntary online trapper education course found at

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Trapper Education
  • Historical Considerations
  • Furbearer Management
  • Best Management Practices
  • Running a Trapline
  • Trapping Regulations
  • Types of Traps
  • Trapping Equipment
  • Trapping Safety
  • Responsible Trapping
  • Ther Market Value of Furbearers

Trapper education is not mandatory in Louisiana, but the information provided in this free course can help current trappers improve their knowledge or provide new trappers with the basic background of the industry. The purpose of this course is to increase active trapper numbers, provide basic trapping knowledge, and teach ethical and law-abiding behavior, as well as to instill public confidence and maintain public support for trapping as a wildlife management tool.

LDWF and the LTAHA also offer hands-on trapping workshops. Workshops are held each winter, generally as full day Saturday events, in both the southern and northern areas of the state. Workshop topics include trap setting for land and water areas, skinning demonstrations, and pelt handling techniques. Workshops are available to teens and adults who have completed the online course.

For more information contact Jennifer Manuel at or 337-373-0032.

Trapping Workshops

Single Day Workshops:
December 2nd  Cypress Black Bayou
December 9th   Palmetto Island State Park

Weekend Trapping School:
January 26th-28th  at Woodworth Shooting Range

For more information or to register for one of these free workshops, contact the New Iberia LDWF office at 337-373-0032 or email Jennifer at .