The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring two fur harvester education courses. The dates are Aug. 22, 24 and 26 in Bismarck and Jamestown.

Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete over a three-day period.

Students will learn the history of the fur trade in the Dakotas, furbearer identification, tools and techniques for harvesting furbearers, as well as proper handling (skinning, fleshing and boarding) of furbearers.

Graduates are issued a certification card that is recognized by any state requiring trapper education prior to purchasing a license.

To sign up for the class, visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at, click on buy and apply, and “list of education courses” under the hunter education heading.