PIERRE, S.D. – Beginning in April, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will launch a series of Live Trapping 101 classes to provide education on trapping wildlife; primarily nest predators like red fox, striped skunk, badgers, raccoons and opossums.
Each class will cover regulations and guidelines, ethics, wildlife conservation, how and where to set a live trap, types of baits and lures to use, humane dispatch, non-targeted species and safety tips.
Classes are available to all ages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must register separately for the class and are expected to participate. Register online at: https://gfp.sd.gov/trapping-education/.
Class size is capped at 20 participants and there must be a minimum of five participants in each class.
Scheduled trapping classes are as follows (all times are local):
April 4 Outdoor Campus East, 4500 S Oxbow Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
April 6 Beadle Co. Sportsman’s, 7th & Lawnridge NE, Huron, SD 10 a.m. – Noon
April 9 Allen Ranch, 13065 Fall River Rd, Hot Springs, SD 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
April 10 Archery Range in Philip, SD 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
April 11 GFP Office, 1550 King Ave, Chamberlain, SD 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
April 16 Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Visitor Center, 43349 SD-52, Yankton, SD 6 – 8 p.m.
April 17 GFP Office, 20641 State Hwy 1806, Fort Pierre, SD 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
April 23 Outdoor Adventure Center, 2810 22nd Ave S, Brookings, SD 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
April 24 GFP Office, 909 Lake Front Dr, Mobridge, SD 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
April 27 Durkee Lake near Faith, SD 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
April 27 Brown Co. Sportsmen’s Club, 13863 386 Ave. Aberdeen, SD 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
May 4 Pelican Lake Rec. Area Picnic Shelter, 17450 450th Ave, Watertown, SD 9 – 11 a.m.
“Increased involvement in outdoor activities such as trapping will benefit everyone who enjoys the abundant natural resources South Dakota has to offer,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP department secretary. “The department is focused on increasing participation in trapping from all ages while at the same time, reducing localized populations of these nest predators as a way to increase pheasant and duck nest success. We also want individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors in new ways, seek different adventures and help sustain our state's outdoor traditions for the next generation.”