Trapper education

Prior to purchasing their first Washington state trappers license, trappers must pass the Washington state trapper education exam. There are two different avenues that prospective trappers can take to meet the legal requirements of RCW 77.65.460.

Types of trapper education training opportunities:

  • Traditional Class: WDFW strongly recommends this class. One or more instructors offer detailed classroom instruction and practical exercises. These classes are not offered as often as basic hunter education courses, so enroll early if you want or need training.
  • Home Study Option: Students can download and review the student manual and study guide [PDF]. After studying the manual, the student can schedule a proctored exam at any WDFW regional office or with Kris Thorson in Olympia.

For additional information, contact Kris Thorson at or 360-902-8410.

2020 trapper education classes

Trapper education classes will be added as they are scheduled. Please check back later or you can complete the home study option listed above.