Mandatory trapper education course registration open

With Delaware’s trapping season approaching, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Program this week reminded both residents and non-residents of state trapper-education requirements. Trappers born after Jan. 1, 1978, must pass a Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife-approved trapper education course before they can legally purchase a trapping license and trap in the First State.

Registration is now open for the one-day Trapper Education Course, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Kent County Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center, 3018 Bayside Drive, Dover.

All students who plan to attend the course must register in advance. To register, go to Hunter Education Online Access at and log in. After logging in, click “Sign me up” and select “Basic Trapper ED.” Students may also contact the Hunter Education Office at (302) 735-3600, ext. 1.

Delaware’s trapper education course teaches students 10 or older about trapping history and heritage, trapping ethics, equipment needed for trapping, fur handling, and laws and regulations. Students will also experience hands-on instruction with land and water trap sets.

Delaware’s 2019/2020 trapping season begins Dec. 1 in most areas of the state. For more information on trapping and seasons in Delaware, see the 2019-2020 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide, online at, and available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.