MALTA, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)- Wolf trapping certification classes, mandatory for anyone planning to trap wolves in Montana this winter, are set for west-central Montana in September and October, and students can register online now at fwp.mt.gov.
Classes are free of charge and will break for one hour at lunch.
These one-day classes will be held on the following dates and times in west-central Montana:
- Missoula:Classes held at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (5705 Grant Creek Road)
- Saturday, Sept. 15, 9a.m.-4p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 19: 3-10p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 13, 9.a.m.-4p.m.
- Hamilton: Classes held at the Bitterroot River Inn (139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive)
- Sunday, Sept. 16, 9a.m.-4p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 30, 9a.m.-4p.m.
- Greenough: Lubrecht Experimental Forest (38689 Hwy 200 East). Please note that there are limited nearby facilities, so students should plan to bring a lunch, or purchase a chili lunch on-site for $8.
- Saturday, Sept. 22, 9a.m.-4p.m.
- Lolo: Lolo Community Center (12345 Hwy 93 South)
- Sunday, Sept. 23, 9a.m.-4p.m.
- Anaconda: Lee Metcalf Center (115 E Pennsylvania)
- Sunday, Oct. 14, 9a.m.-4p.m.
Classes are also scheduled for many other communities around the state. Prospective trappers can find dates, locations, times and sign-up for a class on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Wolf Trapping Certification.” For assistance with registration, please call the Missoula FWP office at 406-542-5500.
Classes are taught by FWP staff and experienced wolf trappers. In addition to specifics on equipment and techniques, participants will learn about the history, ethics, management, regulations and requirements of wolves and wolf trapping.
Wolf trappers must hold a Montana trapping license and complete the class before heading to the field. Montana’s first-ever wolf trapping season is set to run from Dec. 15 to Feb. 28, 2013. In addition, Montana has a wolf hunting season that started Sept. 1 for archers in some backcountry districts and ends Feb. 28, 2013.