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PA Game Commission to pilot furtaking training course

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- The Pennsylvania Game Commission will pilot two “Successful Furtaking” training courses. One will be held July 25 in Pike County and the other on Aug. 22 in Berks County.  

The new course will provide extensive hands-on training to new furtakers that was not part of the basic Hunter-Trapper Education program, according to Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief. It is designed for any person seeking to learn more about furtaking and to improve his or her skills and success.  The course also includes the cable restraint certification that is required to participate in the cable restraint season for foxes and coyotes.

The July 25 course will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the State Game Land 180 Building, along Route 6 in Shohola, Pike County.  On Aug. 22, the course will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kutztown Rod & Gun Club, 490 Gun Club Road in Kutztown, Berks County.  Each course will hold up to 24 students.

To enroll, visit the Hunter Education Classes section of the Game Commission’s website www.pgc.state.pa.us, and click on the Calendar and complete the registration form.  There is a $15 non-refundable application fee, which covers the costs of the cable restraint certification.

To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, you must pass a written exam at this class. Prior to attending this one-day class, you must complete the independent study part of this training.

To study online, click on the link found on the class posting page, or call (717)787-7015 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to request a hard-copy version of Successful Furtaking. A mailing fee of $1.59 will be required.  The independent study part of the training will take about six to eight hours to complete.

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