Trapper Education

April 7, 2020

All first time Oregon trappers of any age must complete trapper education.

Before a trapping license will be issued, the person must complete an approved trapper education course, unless the trapper is to trap only on land owned or leased by him/her or their immediate family or is an agent of the landowner trapping to control agricultural crop or livestock damage.

The course may be completed at home. The testing takes place at ODFW offices located throughout the state. A trapping license will be issued only after the State exam has been successfully completed.

Trapper course material

  • Today’s Trapper: a guide to trapping responsibly and safely
  • Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations

Procedures for completing trapper course

  1. Contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters Office in Salem to request a home study packet. ODFW Trapper Education: 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem OR 97302. Phone: 503-947-6000
  2. Complete the TODAY’S TRAPPER: a guide to trapping responsibly and safely manual.
  3. Review the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations.
  4. This is a self-paced course; take as much time as needed to complete the course.
  5. When you are ready to take the State Trapper Exam contact your closest ODFW office. A list of offices and contact information is included with the course materials. Special note: ODFW personnel will attempt to schedule your test as soon as possible; however, the exam can only be administered when ODFW personnel are available. Give yourself plenty of time before the trapping season to take the exam!

State trapper exam

  • The exam consists of 60 multiple choice, and animal identification matching questions.
  • Students must achieve a minimum score of 80% (can only miss 12 questions).
  • Exam takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
  • The test is scored when the student completes the exam.
  • ODFW will maintain a record of your successful completion of the course.
  • If you do not pass the exam; you may re-take the exam at another date.
  • A furtaker’s license and brand number will be issued by the ODFW Salem headquarters office after the exam has been successfully completed and processed at the Salem headquarters.

Please call any of the offices below for arrangements to take the trapper education test. The test can only be scheduled at a time when office personnel are available.

West Region East Region  
Astoria 503-325-2462 Baker City 541-523-5832
Central Point 541-826-8774 Bend 541-388-6363
Charleston 541-888-5515 Enterprise 541-426-3279
Clackamas 971-673-6000 Heppner 541-676-5230
Corvallis 541-757-4168 Hines 541-573-6582
Gold Beach 541-247-7605 John Day 541-575-1167
Newport 541-867-4741 Klamath  541-883-5732
Roseburg 541-440-3354 LaGrande 541-963-2138
Salem 503-947-6002 Lakeview 541-947-2950
Sauvie Island 503-621-3488 Ontario 541-889-6975
Springfield 541-726-3515 Pendleton 541-276-2344
Tillamook 503-842-2741 Prineville 541-447-5111
    Summer Lake 541-943-3324
    Summer Lake WA 541-943-3152
    The Dalles 541-296-4628
    Wenaha WA 541-828-7721

Here's more about the Furbearer Program, trapping, and furbearer conservation.
These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).