Deadline Approaching to Apply for Oklahoma's Youth Trapper's Camp

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The warmth of July and the excitement of summer camp has long since passed with the coming of cold weather, but youth can still attend a unique camp this month — trapper’s camp.

Youth ages 12-18 have until Dec. 15 to apply for the Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance trapper’s camp, to be held Dec. 28-31 near Chickasha. Youth younger than age 12 may attend but must be accompanied by an adult. The event is limited to 35 participants.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for youth interested in trapping to gain hands-on experience from seasoned trappers in Oklahoma,” said Erik Bartholomew, furbearer biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

;According to John Weygandt, secretary of the Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance, the camp will cover all aspects of trapping in Oklahoma from regulations and types of traps, to proper trap maintenance, placement and operation. Additionally, species of wildlife that may be trapped will be covered as well as their characteristics and how to scout for trapping.

The cost of the camp is $25, which covers all meals for the event and includes a one-year membership in the Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance. It also includes a one-year subscription to Trapper and Predator Caller Magazine. Adults can attend with their youngster at a cost of $20 to cover meals. Camping areas will be available on site.

For application information, call Weygandt at (918) 645-5667.