Furbearer Club for Youth and Teens


FOR:               Youth in grades 5 through one year past high school.

WHAT:          Learn about furbearers in Wisconsin – mammals whose fur has commercial value – including where and how they live and how to identify their tracks – and be introduced to trapping under the safety and guidance of a certified 4-H volunteer and experienced trapper.

WHEN:           11 a.m. Sundays starting Sept. 20 (this program includes a blend of online learning sessions and outdoor field days).

PROGRAM:   This program includes:

  • Weekly facilitation and mentoring by a certified 4-H volunteer.
  • Outdoor field days where participants will gain hands-on experience safely and under supervision.


WHY?          Structured out-of-school time learning experiences and adult mentoring plays a vital role in helping youth achieve success.

Oneida County 4-H’s Furbearer Club for Youth and Teens is based on the Wisconsin DNR’s trapping education curriculum, which promotes management of wildlife through scientifically-based regulations that consider animal welfare and that are strictly enforced by Wisconsin conservation wardens. This program also is based on the national 4-H Wildlife Science curriculum, which is tied to developing life skills for youth and delivered in a positive youth development context.



  • FREE For 4-H members!
  • $10 for non-4-H members (4-H is free to join and can be done before registering for this program. See below for instructions on how to enroll in 4-H).




4-Hers receive discounts to participate. How do I sign my child up in 4-H?

There are two ways to register for 4-H (it’s free!!!)

  1. Call 715-365-2750 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and Bonnie Tillman, 4-H support staff, can help register your child for 4-H. Email her at bonnie.tillman@wisc.edu if you don’t reach her and she will let you know when she will be at the office.
  2. Fill out this form and mail it to: Oneida County 4-H, 5364 College Dr., PO Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501. Remember to mail it before Aug. 26.    You can also email it to Anne at apwilliams@wisc.edu or Bonnie at bonnie.tillman@wisc.edu.


I registered. Now what?

You will be contacted by this program’s certified 4-H leader, Casey, who will invite you to an orientation session to learn more about this program.

Casey, certified 4-H volunteer leader of the Youth Furbearer Club



Contact Anne Williams, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 715-365-2750 or by email at apwilliams@wisc.edu, or email 4-H volunteer leader Casey Rustan at Cnhntr14@gmail.com.


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