PA Game Commission To Pilot Successful Furtaking Training Course
HARRISBURG, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)- As part of its expanding, voluntary offerings, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will pilot two, one-day “Successful Furtaking” training courses on July 25 in Pike County and on Aug. 22 in Berks County.
On July 25, the course will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the State Game Land 180 Building, along Route 6 in Shohola, Pike County. On Aug. 22, the course will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kutztown Rod & Gun Club, 490 Gun Club Road in Kutztown, Berks County. Each course will hold up to 24 students.
According to Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief, this new course will provide extensive hands-on training to new furtakers that was not part of the basic Hunter-Trapper Education program, promotes Best Management Practices and is designed for any person seeking to learn more about furtaking and to improve his or her skills and success. The course also will include the cable restraint certification that is required to participate in the cable restraint season for foxes and coyotes.
To sign up for either course, please go to the “Hunter Education Classes” section of the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and then click on the “Calendar” and complete the registration form. There is a $15 non-refundable application fee, which covers the costs of the cable restraint certification.
To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, you must pass a written exam at this class. Prior to attending this one-day class, you must complete the independent study part of this training.
To study online, click on the link found on the class posting page. If you do not want to study online, please telephone the HTE Division at 717-787-7015 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.) to request a hard-copy version of “Successful Furtaking.” A mailing fee of $1.59 will be required. The independent study part of the training will take about six to eight hours to complete.
Snyder noted that the Game Commission worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Silvertip Productions and members of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association to develop the course and materials. Funding for the trapper education student manual and related materials was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies through a Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Multi-state Grant.
Offering additional hunting and trapping education courses is part of the Game Commission’s Strategic Plan, promotes wildlife conservation and is designed to recruit and retain more hunters and trappers.