Fish & Wildlife Department holds free trapping seminar

CASTLETON — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a free seminar entitled “Trapping Through the Ice” at the Edward Kehoe Education Center in Castleton, on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife warden Dave Gregory will lead topics on regulations, trapping equipment, personal safety, and trapping techniques. Participants will spend a large portion of the day on Lake Bomoseen.

“Trapping through the ice can be a great way to get outside in the winter months,” said Nicole Corrao, information and education specialist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  “We’re hoping that trappers will leave this seminar with a better understanding of how to safely and effectively trap through the ice.”

Beavers and muskrats may be trapped until March 31, 2015.  Otters can be trapped until Feb. 28, 2015. 

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, though light refreshments will be served at the event. Proper attire is required as students will be outside for a majority of this seminar. Vermont Fish & Wildlife will provide all trapping equipment. Registration is required by going to

Participants should note that this class is not a trapper education certification class.

To register for a trapper education certification class in order to legally trap in Vermont, visit

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