How many trappers out there?

Discussion in 'Trapping & Fur Taking' started by 223Smitty, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    State:
    Indiana
    How many of you all are planning to trap this coming season?

    What will/do you target?

    How many have/are considering it (trapping)?

    If you're in the "consideration" stage, what's holding you back?

    If any of you used to trap, but no longer do, why did you stop?


    To answer my own (second) question, I trap coyote, red fox, coon, grinners, stinkers, rats, mink, and beaver.

    Smitty
     
  2. fishhook

    fishhook New Member

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    Willow Woo
    I plan on trapping and I trap for the same critters you do except coyote, there just aren't enough around here to make specific sets for them but I do pick one up every now and then in a fox set which I double stake if I think there are any coyotes in the area.
     

  3. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    Pataskala, Ohio
    Name:
    Clarence
    I'm looking at getting back into it. Talked to some guys and they want to get some beavers and coon out of there areas.
     
  4. Blue Duck

    Blue Duck New Member

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    State:
    Idaho
    I used to trap in the 70's and 80's. Mainly the poor prices pushed me out. Started with Muskrats. Eventually went on to Pine Martin and Coyotes. Sold all my traps and gear in a yard sale a few years ago. I was sure Id never get back into it. Now the prices are coming back a little and so is my interest. I hunt alot. Especially ducks and predators. Thinking I may run a small line when Im duck hunting. Where I duck hunt there are quite a few rats and coons. Maybe I will.......
     
  5. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    State:
    Southeast Kansas
    I just started trapping last season. Seems like I caught everything but what I wanted though. The wierdest ordeal I had, was when I caught a field mouse in my leg hold. So, I improvised it to my advantage. I hung the only half of the mouse I could find, from a tree, over my leg hold, and in the woods. Came back to check it, and I had a chicken hawk in my trap! I put one of my snares around its neck and had a friend of mine stretch it out as I grabbed its leg and freed the other. I then held it by the scruff of its neck as my buddy took off my snare. I carried it out into the open field by my line and threw it into the air and watched it fly to the nearest tree and take a break. I caught some other goofy stuff too. Didn't know what I did wrong, but I'll figure it out for this next season.

    -Red
     
  6. primitivefrn

    primitivefrn Member

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    State:
    collins mo
    have off and on for 50 years, I THINK ,I started at 10, cant rember that far back, beaver and otter, got limit of otter this year, was going for a 100 beaver, got to 83 and quite dididnt seem that important, to reach a 100.
    went to, cable restrength, on some bobcats and coyotes, that was fun and open a whole new, feild and way of thinking.had help on beaver and otter.
    several years back use to like to catch grey fox in foot holds, not many greys a round anymore.
    When you got river water in your veins, it hard to get out, seems like you always return.next year who knows,
     
  7. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Indiana
    John- Just the opposite here, coyote all around, but few fox, especially grey.

    Been meaning to ask if you ever bump into Hal S.? Met him & his wife at a few conventions, very nice folk!

    Clarence- Go for it! We all (sportsmen & women) need to develop a shared interest in all of the outdoors sports. Imagine if all hunters, fishermen, and trappers had 1 voice.....we could worry alot less about fighting to preserve out rights to pursue our interest in the outdoors.

    If I can ever help with anything, please don't hesitate in asking!

    Jim & Mike- So how much does catfishin' pay? :tounge_out:


    Red- Better be sure exposed bait is legal in your state, for the exact reason you mentioned. In the event that would happen again, toss your coat over it to release it, it'll cause less stress on the bird.

    I'd guess you were targeting K9? Mice will work as bait, but I'd put 'em down a dirthole. Also, if you aren't a member of the Kansas Trapping Association, please consider joining, there are alot of benefits that go with it, and you'll gain access to a wealth of information from trappers in your local.

    Oh, the "politically correct" term now a days is "foothold", not leghold. Seems every trap made is bear-size & has blood-thirsty teeth....according to peta :roll_eyes:


    Jim- With you're experience, you should post more on the trapping forum here.....from them numbers, I'd say it sure wasn't "luck" :wink: I'm not a big snareman. Here, it takes written permission to use 'em. I set a few, mostly coon & yotes. I like the steel!

    Smitty
     
  8. KYTRAPPER

    KYTRAPPER New Member

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    Floyd county,KY
    Mostly a beaver man myself. I love Cats and greys as well, our yotes are pretty sorry though. Rats and mink round out my water line.
     
  9. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    State:
    Louisiana
    I have trapped since I was 10 or so. I got out of it for about 4 years with the prices in a slump and a new job. I will be trapping from now till the day I die, as it is in my blood. I grew up a coon trapper, now I am a all trapper. I love to trap cats most of all. I catch gray's and coyotes also. If I find where a mink walked, I will bust him. I beaver trap mostly to gain access to other land, and I love otter tapping with the prices so high. I guess you could say if it leaves a track or tird, I will target it. :big_smile:
     
  10. sds888

    sds888 New Member

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    State:
    Townville, South Carolina
    I have trapped just about everything as I do it for a business. I get my money off of getting rid of things. I would like to start doing the furs to seel them as well but have never really been taught how to do them. I mean I know how to skin something but thats where it stops. I love trapping and I am able to do it year around it is great.
    Stephen
     
  11. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Indiana
    Stephen- Find a copy of the book written by Hal Sullivan called "Fur Handling 2000" (get the book, not the video), I think the book is under $15, and would be money well-spent. It has some great information, as well as detailed instructions from setting-up a furshed, to most furbears furhandling. I suggested the book (as opposed to the video) simply because it'll be easier to reference back to in the middle of the process should you need to.

    Smitty
     
  12. sds888

    sds888 New Member

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    Townville, South Carolina
    thanks will look for it now.
     
  13. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    Clarksville, Indiana
    I'm seriously thinking about getting into trapping now. I have more free time now that I'm divorced, my daughter is married and moved away and my son is 16 and is never home. I just ordered the video and book that Smitty suggested. I want to watch what I'll be doing then read about it. I know nothing about trapping or handling fur.
    Smitty did you post something earlier about a meeting or convention in Evansville?
     
  14. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    State:
    Indiana
    LMAO-OK, but 1st you mentioned money, now you're talking relaxation :tounge_out: , but I do commend you for the attitude of not doing it half-way.


    Mark- The FTA Convention is in Evansville this month, 15-18th. Here's a link with the info.
    http://www.furtakersofamerica.com/convention.htm

    The ISTA will also be holding it's annual convention this year in Bedford.
    http://www.indianatrappers.org/

    Smitty
     
  15. gooboy

    gooboy New Member

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    State:
    Minden,La.
    I will be on the line again this year. I have been trapping since i was old enough to walk. My dad was a coon trapper while i was growing up. I spent a many day, trailing in his footsteps on the trapline.

    I started my trapping career as a grinner specialist. Over the years i have really honed my skills and can now catch a grinner in just about any set you could imagine!!!:roll_eyes: I mainly target coon, beaver, and otter. We have a lot of cats in my area, and i won't pass on setting up some fresh sign. I don't mess with the coyotes. They are worthless in my area. Over the years i've still managed to catch a few. I even had a 43lb male yote stick his head in a 220 dryland trail set this past season. I like to have never got his head outa that trap. I don't know what he was thinkin'!!! I catch an occassional mink or two every year in coon sets. I catch a lot of nutrias in my beaver sets. I don't fox trap, but like the yotes, i still have some show up on my trapline every year.

    I'm blessed to have 2 awesome trapping partners to share my trapline adventures with. One of them is Tony Howard. He had been out of trapping for several years until i convinced him to spend a week with me on my river line year before last. Since then he ain't slowed down a bit. My wife, Carmen, is my nearly constant companion on the trapline. She tips the scales at 110lbs, but don't think she won't jerk up a 50 lb beaver and take off with him. She works her tail off everyday on the line with me. I am thankful to have a wonderful wife that likes to play hard!!!:smile2:

    I can't wait for the upcoming season. Each year seems to be bigger and better.

    Trapping is a dying sport. Take a kid trapping every chance you get.

    Good luck on the line!!!!
     
  16. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    State:
    Indiana
    Eric- lol...I think we all start-out as grinner trappers......and I can't seem to ween myself from 'em :roll_eyes: . Sounds like ya got a couple good partners! Good luck, and I'll be looking forward to seeing everyones catch pics come season.

    Smitty
     
  17. jacko

    jacko New Member

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    south dakota
    I trap land animals until water trapping then target coon and mink our rat populations are way down, I plan on running a river line for the first time this year also have been trapping for 30 years.

    Jacko
     
  18. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    State:
    Indiana
    Hey Jack, welcome to the BOC & glad to see another trapper too!

    I haven't been here long myself, but these folks will make ya feel right at home & stuff your head full of useful information!

    Smitty
     
  19. WV Hillbilly

    WV Hillbilly New Member

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    State:
    West Virginia
    I trap mostly coons, possums and a few reds. Would love to catch a cat but no luck yet.
     
  20. BIGCAT DADDY 71

    BIGCAT DADDY 71 New Member

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    State:
    Indiana
    i will be trapping for the frist time this year, 223smitty helped me get started with a starter kit, for trapping. thanks alot smitty, and looking forward to some catfishing again and maybe alittle trapping. the man smitty is, i know he'll help any boc brother with good info on trapping. thanks again smitty.