Trapper education classes being offered

ESCANABA—The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association is sponsoring a Trapper’s Education Class on Saturday, March 14 at the Pocket Park Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. The class is open to youths or adults who want to learn how to trap in a safe, responsible manner.
    This is a comprehensive course covering such topics as history, ethics, safety, traps, trapping equipment, use of attractors, running a trapline, preparing pelts for market and more.
    The class will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time). There is a $10 per student charge. Upon completion, each student will receive a trap, a bottle of trapping lure, a pelt-handling manual, and the Trapper’s Handbook produced by the National Trappers Association. They also get to keep the Michigan Trapper Education Manual they pick up at registration. Lunch is provided, free of charge.
    Students must register at the Escanaba DNR office. Deadline for registration is Monday, March 2. The number is 906-786-2351. The class is limited to 25 students and there is homework that must be completed prior to the class. For further information on the class, call Bob Steinmetz at 906-786-6265 or email bobsteinmetz@charter.net.