Register for a Yukon trapper education workshop

This 4.5 day basic trapper training workshop is required to get a trapping or assistant trapper license. You will learn:

  • Ethics, regulations, rights and responsibilities.
  • Safety and survival.
  • Furbearing animal biology and management.
  • Business and operational planning.
  • First Nations perspectives.
  • Fur handling and pelt preparation (1 day practicum).
  • Humane trapping methods (field day and practicum).
  • Modern trapping tools (55-minute practicum).
  • Snare-making (90-minute practicum).

Each participant will receive a Yukon Trapper’s Manual.

Who should take the Yukon trapper education workshop?

  • Anyone who wants to hold a trapping concession or get a trapping or assistant trapper licence.
  • Anyone who is 16+ years old. Youth between the ages of 12 and 16 years old can take this training if they are accompanied by an adult.
  • If you have graduated from a recognized trapper education training course in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may not need to take this training. Email coservices@gov.yk.ca to find out.
  • If you are a trapper who hasn't been licensed for 10+ years we recommend you take this workshop as a refresher.

Previously licensed trappers 65 years and older are exempt from the training requirement.

Register for the Yukon trapper education workshop

There are 12 seats in these workshops. They are available on a first come, first served basis. Yukon residents will be given priority due to limited seating. If you register in person you may be served before those who register by phone.

  1. Reserve your seat at a workshop in person at any Department of Environment office or call Client Services at 667-5652 or 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5652.
  2. Pay the workshop fee of $315 to confirm your reservation. Contact us if you have applied for funding support so we can confirm it's been approved and your seat is reserved.
    You can pay:
    In person: By cash, cheque, debit or credit card
    Phone: By credit card.

When you register you will have to provide us with the following information:

  • name;
  • mailing address;
  • phone numbers; and
  • email address.

Find out if you qualify for funding support

To find out about funding programs, contact your First Nation government or your regional community training fund.

Schedule of upcoming workshops

These workshops are held throughout Yukon. You may register for one of the workshops listed below. 

Dawson City

When:

  • November 5 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • November 6 to 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where:

  • Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Community Hall

Burwash Landing

When:

  • November 26 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • November 27 to 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where:

  • Kluane First Nation Jacquot Hall

Other communities

Other communities planned for winter 2021 include Watson Lake and Whitehorse. The 2021 winter schedule will be posted by the end of November. 

Reserved seats

A few seats are reserved for local First Nation citizens.

If you are a Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in citizen, email Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in’s Training Coordinator at sarah.filiatreault@trondek.ca or phone 867-993-7100, extension 212.

If you are a Kluane First Nation citizen, email the Kluane First Nation's Natural Resource Manager at resource.manager@kfn.ca or phone 867-841-4274, extension 236.​

Sign up to get email notifications on future workshops

Contact coservices@gov.yk.ca or call Client Services at 867-667-5652 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5652 and ask that your name and contact information be added to the notification list. When the workshop schedule is finalized, everyone on the list will be sent workshop and registration details.

Are there specialized trapping workshops?

The Yukon Trappers Association offers specialty workshops for trappers. Contact them at yukonfur@yknet.ca or by phone at 867-667-7091 for additional information.

The Fur Institute of Canada's Best Trapping Practices Manual also has information about specific trapping skill sets.