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Dana Klos (right), Thief River Falls, demonstrates how to set a water trap for muskrats May 1 during the youth trapping class at the Pennington County Sportsmen's Club near Thief River Falls. Students watching (from left) are Tyee Seeger, 14, Red Lake Falls, Minn.; Lucas Moen, 16, Thief River Falls; and Ethan Barth, 16, Thief River Falls. (Brad Dokken photo)

Required trapping class in Minnesota helps young trappers learn proper, ethical techniques

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THIEF RIVER FALLS — Lucas Moen wanted to start trapping with his buddy, Ethan Barth, but there was a catch.

First, Moen, 16, needed to buy a trapping license. But to buy a license, he had to complete a certified youth trapper education course to learn proper techniques and ethics in the field.

Call it the trapping equivalent of a Catch-22.

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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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