Trapping 101

Trapping is at the roots of Canada’s national history and continues to be an important source of income and way of life for many Canadians. A recent survey indicates there are as many as 2,497 trappers operating in the province of Alberta.

While the tradition of trapping endures, it is also changing. International laws such as the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards result in more humane trapping practices, and efforts to improve the humaneness of trapping are ongoing.

Although changes like these are helping to secure the future of trapping, it’s youth, the trappers of tomorrow, who will carry the tradition forward into the 21st century.

Find your place in this proud history, become a trapper.

Getting Started

Before you can start trapping, you need to meet some basic requirements. Find out what rules and regulations apply to you:

From operating equipment, to fur handling, fur marketing and humane harvesting — becoming a successful trapper requires training. Here are some resources to help get you started:

Humane trapping practices and the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards are changing the public perception of trapping. Find out what humane trapping is all about:

When you’re not out on the trap line, you can read about trapping online. Check out these web resources on trapping:

Updated: Nov 1, 2023