There are a few things to keep in mind if your child is interested in obtaining a trapping license in Ontario. Youth can participate in the Youth Trapping Program if they:
- Are between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.
- Are a resident of Ontario or a citizen of Canada.
- Have written parental/guardian consent.
- Successfully complete the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course. The course can be taken in their 12th year, i.e. age 11.
- Youth trappers must trap with a mentor (who has a current trapping licence) until they are 16. At the age of 16, their youth licence transfers to an adult licence.
Upon successful completion of the course, youth will be eligible to apply for a trapping licence through the OFMF with the guidance of a mentor.
Click HERE for the printable Letter of Consent Youth Mentor Form.
Click HERE for crucial information on the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course and the process for obtaining a youth trapping licence.
Can youth trappers participate in all aspects of trapping?
Licensed youth trappers will be permitted to participate in most aspects of trapping including: setting traps and preparing and selling the pelts of furbearing mammals. Licensed youth are only permitted to trap under the direct supervision of an experienced, licensed mentor trapper who is at least 18 years of age.
Can youth trappers use firearms?
Youth who wish to use a firearm may do so if they have an Ontario Outdoors Card and proof of firearms accreditation. Youth may only use a single firearm which is shared with the mentor trapper.
Did You Know?
FHA & NAFA offer FREE commission to licensed youth trappers aged 12 – 15 years old.
Watch this informative video to learn more about getting the youth involved in trapping!