Trapping 101

COVID-19 response: temporary closures

The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.

  • You can contact Fish and Wildlife offices using the phone numbers listed on the Fish and Wildlife - Contacts page.
  • For recreational sportfishing or hunting information, please visit AlbertaRELM or call the AlbertaRELM Help Desk at 1-888-944-5494.
  • Vehicle access is now permitted at parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks and public land. Facilities like playgrounds and washrooms remain temporarily closed. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks advisories page.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

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 are resulting 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:

Alberta’s furbearers are the essential renewable resource trappers rely upon. Learn about their habitats, food and distinguishing traits:

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


Updated: Nov 27, 2014