WILLIAMSBURG, MO A family youth trapping education clinic will be put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Children ages 11-17 can learn trapping techniques using water sets, dry land sets, skinning, fleshing, and proper fur handling.

The clinic will be held October 5 and 6 at the Whetstone Creek Conservation Area near Williamsburg. The MDC will provide the information and kids will set their own traps under the direction of experiences trappers.

Children learn how to set a trap during a trapping clinic at Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area near Mt. Vernon, MO. (MDC)

Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Matt Spurgeon said Missourians have used trapping as a method for furbearers for generations.

“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.”

The clinic is free but attendees must register online at  short.mdc.mo.gov/ZMD. Dinner will be served on Saturday evening, and breakfast on Sunday morning, but participants should plan to bring their own snacks and drinks.

You can also contact Agent Spurgeon about the clinic at (573) 864-3559 or Matt.Spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov.