Free Trapper Training at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, March 23-25

Raccoons can be a great nuisance, even in suburban areas. Some people prefer live trapping certain animals and simply carrying them off to to release in remote locations. (Photo: Richard Simms)

It seems that trapping is making a resurgence in the outdoor world. It is not necessarily, or always, for folks to make money selling furs. In many cases people are forced to trap, or call in other trappers for help in controlling nuisance wildlife such as coyotes or beavers.

Once again the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is partnering with the Tennessee Fur Harvesters for the free 2018 Trapper Training Camp to be held at the Hiwassee Refuge March 23-25.

Professional trapper Bill Swan III sells some fur from trapping but he also traps to help landowners remove nuisance animals, such as beavers who are building dams and flooding agricultural crops or developed areas not meant to be flooded. (Photo: Richard Simms)

They say the 3-day camp will be packed full with great information for those interested in learning about the craft of fur taking. Participants will utilize live trap lines and learn about trap modification, set making, snaring and fur handling skills.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided Saturday and camping is available. Participants must register and all ages are welcome.

John Daniel, the event coordinator stated, “We’ve had a packed house in years past. We really enjoy the weekend and look forward to another great year”.

The Tennessee Fur Harvesters is dedicated to preserving the heritage of trapping and the management of Tennessee’s furbearers. They have several events throughout the year, including a fur sale.

Contact John Daniel to register for the training camp or for more information on fur trapping (423)595-0986 or

Professional trapper Bill Swan III checks out a snare set. (Photo: Richard Simms)
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