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Posted: 12/26/2020 7:08:02 PM EST
Good morning Freebeer,

Yes, we are currently offering a mail-in home study trapper education course. For this course, we mail you the reading materials, worksheets, and final exam. You provide postage and mail the completed portions back to us. If you pass the worksheets and final exam with an 80% or higher, we will mail you your certificate. There is no need to go to an in-person course, but you are welcome to if you decide that you would like the hands on instruction; in that case you can show your  certificate in place of the required homework. Please note that depending on the volume of home study course participation, it may take up to 2-4 weeks for your certificate to be mailed after your packet has been received. Additionally, if the governor mandates that our offices must close again, we will not be able to grade returned packets until we reopen. If you are interested in this course, please provide your full name, current mailing address, and county.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Stay safe,

Hannah McManus

Hunter Education Program, Division of Fish and Wildlife

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4800

P: (518) 402-8962  |  F: (518) 402-8925 |  [email protected]
Link Posted: 12/26/2020 7:10:26 PM EST
I emailed and have the information coming to my house.
I had the 2016 printed course material from my buddy who took it right before covid shutdowns, so I am pre reading.

I remember from my other hunter safety course and bow safety course threads that others were looking for the trapping class.

I am excited to learn to tan pelts
Link Posted: 12/26/2020 7:22:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/9/2021 1:30:06 PM EST
Got my packet on Wednesday, used spare time at work over the last 2 days to read it over and do all the tests and homework, mailed in the paperwork today.  Pretty easy I think.  Luckily I have a friend that traps that'll take me with him a few times and let me get some hands on time with the traps and equipment shown in the books.  Thanks for posting this.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 4:01:25 PM EST
I thought it was easy enough to do. I did it while sitting at the fire house during down time in one shift.

Im going to start with raccoons.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 11:53:27 AM EST
Some hunters, frown on trapping. They bitch about fishers, fox, and coyotes but don't do anything about it. Trapping is like hunting. Find the animal(s) through scouting, use scent-free practices to keep human scent at a minimum and then build an intriguing scenario for the animal to check out and hopefully spring a trap. Our coyotes are definitely smart little SOBs and not like the dumb ones you find mid-west and in Texas. You really have to work for these ones around here.

Best of luck to all the new trappers. I'm only 3 years into it and this mild winter is making things more manageable and way more enjoyable. Tight chains fellas!
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 12:49:56 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 5:10:47 PM EST
I mailed my stuff back on 12/31.
My wife just messaged me and said my card came in the mail today.
Dated 1/8.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 5:48:35 PM EST
I emailed asking for a packet today.  I hope they are still offering this.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 11:46:11 AM EST
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I emailed asking for a packet today.  I hope they are still offering this.
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I'm pretty sure they are going to be doing this for a while due to the flu.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 12:49:16 PM EST
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I'm pretty sure they are going to be doing this for a while due to the flu.
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I heard back from them.  They are sending out a packet for me.

Thanks for posting this.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 2:33:13 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Hanz:
I heard back from them.  They are sending out a packet for me.

Thanks for posting this.
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Same here. Thanks!
Link Posted: 1/20/2021 11:58:29 PM EST
@hanz
@goodorbit

what did you guys think of the course work?
i thought it was good and easy to follow.
a lot to learn and remember. i know i will be referencing the workbook.

do not think I will be trapping this year.
going to get all the gear ready for next year.
Link Posted: 1/21/2021 6:38:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Freebeer:
@hanz
@goodorbit

what did you guys think of the course work?
i thought it was good and easy to follow.
a lot to learn and remember. i know i will be referencing the workbook.

do not think I will be trapping this year.
going to get all the gear ready for next year.
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I thought the material was pretty easy but I also wished that I had a hands on class once I started it.  The course book was pretty easy to read and follow, good descriptions, etc.  

I'm also taking the rest of this year to prep gear and aquire tools and such.  I've also gone out once to check out a buddies trap line and sets.
Link Posted: 1/21/2021 9:19:08 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Freebeer:
@hanz
@goodorbit

what did you guys think of the course work?
i thought it was good and easy to follow.
a lot to learn and remember. i know i will be referencing the workbook.

do not think I will be trapping this year.
going to get all the gear ready for next year.
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Easy so far, but I've only started into the reading manual. Sloooow reader!
Expecting the trapping career to maintain that pace!

Link Posted: 1/21/2021 9:27:25 AM EST
I thought the information was well presented but there's A LOT of info and even more laws.  I'll be keeping the manual as a reference for sure.

I'll have to make up some sort of cheat sheet as far as what's legal when for what game/season.  So many laws.  

I have no hands on experience (other than a couple of nuisance animals in no kill box traps) and I believe that having a mentor and someone to tag along with would be very helpful.  

I'm working on leaving NY so I don't think I'll be trapping here.  But I do want the certification in case it is something I want to do wherever I end up.  I do find the whole endeavor interesting and figured it was one way to exploit the China Virus for some personal gain.  Lord knows it can be tough to attend classes after working all day as my brain doesn't learn new material as easily as it once did. This was a very good opportunity for me.

If I decide to get into it I'll look for help along with getting a YouTube degree in what I'm trying to accomplish.
Link Posted: 2/3/2021 2:22:54 PM EST
WooHoo!

Received my certificate today.  DEC was on the ball with this.  I'm glad I got it.

Watched too many Trapper J VLOG videos and 330 Maniac videos on YouTube.
Link Posted: 2/3/2021 2:43:48 PM EST
Buying and printing the license online is really handy, too.  
Link Posted: 2/3/2021 2:50:39 PM EST
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Buying and printing the license online is really handy, too.  
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True!
Link Posted: 2/4/2021 2:05:14 PM EST
I laminated my certificates.
I asked before hand and this was the DEC response.

"Please note that hunting and trapping licenses themselves cannot be laminated, as the licenses are printed on heat sensitive paper which will be destroyed by lamination.

We do, however, encourage sportsmen to laminate their certificates. The hunter education certificate, bowhunter education certificate, trapper education certificate, waterfowl hunter education certificate, and crossbow certificate of qualification can all be laminated."
Link Posted: 2/4/2021 2:09:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Freebeer:
I laminated my certificates.
I asked before hand and this was the DEC response.

"Please note that hunting and trapping licenses themselves cannot be laminated, as the licenses are printed on heat sensitive paper which will be destroyed by lamination.

We do, however, encourage sportsmen to laminate their certificates. The hunter education certificate, bowhunter education certificate, trapper education certificate, waterfowl hunter education certificate, and crossbow certificate of qualification can all be laminated."
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I havent done the cert, but I laminated my license since I printed it out at home with regular paper.  I can see what they mean about the licenses you get from storefronts though.
Link Posted: 2/4/2021 2:40:40 PM EST
If you laminate a store bought, thermal paper, license they turn completely black.
I used to work at a shop that sold licenses.  We used to keep examples at the counter to try and slow the never ending parade of replacements due to lamination.
Link Posted: 2/5/2021 11:54:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Hanz:
WooHoo!

Received my certificate today.  DEC was on the ball with this.  I'm glad I got it.

Watched too many Trapper J VLOG videos and 330 Maniac videos on YouTube.
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Hey, thanks for posting those channels. Cool to see this stuff in action!
Link Posted: 2/6/2021 10:22:26 AM EST
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Hey, thanks for posting those channels. Cool to see this stuff in action!
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I hope you don't watch as many as I did
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 1:38:53 AM EST
Anyone know if this is still happening? I emailed her but I have not heard back.
Just wanted to inquire here so I did not have to call her and potentially annoy her if she is processing my request.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 7:40:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By CTM1:
Anyone know if this is still happening? I emailed her but I have not heard back.
Just wanted to inquire here so I did not have to call her and potentially annoy her if she is processing my request.
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I haven't heard any different, she answered my email fairly quickly.  Only thing I can think of is that schools were on vacation all last week here, she possibly wasn't in the office?  You could also try contacting your regional office, too.  That's where you send the completed course materials.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:55:47 PM EST
She is probably wondering how people got her email
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 12:29:53 PM EST
I figured I would give an update. So I have not heard back from Hannah McManus via email so I tried her phone and got VM which says she has limited access to VM. I tried another number that she provided on her outgoing VM, main line. That went to VM and that message said the office did not have people in it everyday, COVID.

So I called my regional office and the lady there did not believe there was an online course for trapping. I explained to her that it has been reported online that there is or was and that people have stated that they took it and got their certificate. She gave me a number of the regional biologist and said she would know and that anything would be sent to her anyway.

I left a VM for the regional biologist.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:41:48 PM EST
I should of made photo copies.

If anyone has the course work sheets blank, could you scan and email me them please ?
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 7:54:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By CTM1:
I figured I would give an update. So I have not heard back from Hannah McManus via email so I tried her phone and got VM which says she has limited access to VM. I tried another number that she provided on her outgoing VM, main line. That went to VM and that message said the office did not have people in it everyday, COVID.

So I called my regional office and the lady there did not believe there was an online course for trapping. I explained to her that it has been reported online that there is or was and that people have stated that they took it and got their certificate. She gave me a number of the regional biologist and said she would know and that anything would be sent to her anyway.

I left a VM for the regional biologist.
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Might be semantics but they might be confused about "online" and this course, which is "home study".  They outsource all their online stuff now but the trapping home study seemed to still be all DEC material.
Link Posted: 2/28/2021 7:09:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By emt322636:
Might be semantics but they might be confused about "online" and this course, which is "home study".  They outsource all their online stuff now but the trapping home study seemed to still be all DEC material.
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I used the wrong term here but I was clear in my email to Hannah and in my messages but still have not heard anything from the DEC. I will try them all again this week.
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