The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites youth ages 11 – 17, and a parent or adult mentor to attend a Discover Nature – Families Youth Trapper Education Clinic. The clinic will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon – 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 6 – 11 a.m. at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area near Williamsburg.

Participants will learn basic trapping techniques including water sets, dry land sets, trapping equipment care and maintenance, skinning, fleshing, and proper fur handling. MDC staff and volunteers from the Missouri Trapping Association will provide expertise, and under the guidance of experienced trappers, participants will set their own traps.

“Missourians have used trapping as a method of pursuing furbearers for generations,” said Conservation Agent Matt Spurgeon. “It’s a skill that requires special attention to animal behavior and how different species interact with their environment. Learning effective trapping skills can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors as a family, and put food on the table.”

MDC offers this youth trapper education clinic at no cost to attendees, but participants must preregister by Oct. 7. Dinner will be served on Saturday evening, and breakfast on Sunday morning, but participants should plan to bring their own snacks and drinks for the remainder of the training.

To register for this FREE training, contact Agent Spurgeon at (573) 864-3559 or Matt.Spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov by Oct. 7.

MDC offers free Discover Nature programs across the state to help families explore nature and master outdoor skills together. To learn more about Discover Nature programs, visit:

nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/events.