Let’s go trapping
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Lewis 11-Jan-23
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From: Lewis
11-Jan-23
All right deer season has ended and we’re blessed with our larder packed with some great venison.A very nice 10 point filled it nicely.Now we start trapping this is the first year I’ll be staying in Tennessee for most of the winter as my wife’s mother is battling Alzheimer’s.So if I haven’t lost my touch I hope to post some pictures I really want that black yote,wish us luck.Good luck Lewis

From: deerhunter72
11-Jan-23
I always enjoy trapping threads! Good luck Lewis!

From: Scoot
11-Jan-23
I really want to get a trapline going this year, but just don't have the time. Next year I'll only be chasing one kid's basketball schedule and hope to get it up and running again. Good luck to you with that black yote, Lewis!

From: ahunter76
11-Jan-23
Good Luck. When a kid & a very poor one at that I trapped. I think from the time I was in 7th8th grade until leaving high school & joining the Navy. I walked to the canal about a mile from my home & ran traps from 1 bridge to the other, crossed & ran the other side back. About a 3 mile run total. So roughly 5 miles from home & back. I did this AM b/4 school & PM after school. Mostly Muskrats but an occasional Mink. Unskinned .75 cents. skinned & stretched $1.25.. That helped me, my siblings & the best Mom in the world raising 4 kids alone AND my archery habit . Wishing you a successful season..

From: Lewis
11-Jan-23
Great story Abhunter and kudos to you.Trapping kinda reminds me of Christmas can’t wait to check under the tree to see what you were blessed with.Good Luck all Lewis

From: Basil
11-Jan-23
Trapping is an awesome way to learn the outdoors. Started out snaring rabbits & trapping weasels. Flying squirrels were a bonus. Amazing little creatures. Was awesome when I could finally drive & catch beaver, fox , coyote, fisher & Martin. Dad would just cut me loose as a kid. Free to roam for miles with a 22 & a pack basket full of traps. Most kids these days don’t have that freedom.

11-Jan-23
Good luck! Thanks for taking the time to share.

From: Lewis
12-Jan-23
Nothing under the tree this morning did have two sprung traps with some hair looked like cat hair. Big storm system moved in bringing everything wind,thunderstorms and tornado warnings we got out just in the nick of time.I’m sure we’ll be resetting traps tomorrow.Good luck Lewis

From: t-roy
12-Jan-23
Basil…..interested to know why flying squirrels were a bonus. Could you sell them, as well? Did you target them, or were they just incidental catches? They’re fairly rare here in my part of Iowa, but we have a family of them that work over our bird feeder over pretty hard, at night. They kinda remind me of a chinchilla.

Agreed, Lewis. Every morning checking traps was definitely just like Christmas. Pulling trail cam cards is not quite as exciting, but it is kinda similar.

From: Basil
12-Jan-23

From: Basil
12-Jan-23

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12-Jan-23

From: Basil
12-Jan-23
Remember the 1st fox I ever caught like yesterday. Was in a figure 4 deadfall just like you would see in Fur Fish & Game or a trapping book. Trap tripped & the rock fell on it but the fox wasn’t there. So I followed its tracks in the snow & found it about 100 yards up the creek. Was a great thrill for a boy if that age!

From: Basil
12-Jan-23

From: Basil
12-Jan-23
Sorry for the double posts. Ice fishing & typing on a cell phone don’t mix ;)

From: Lewis
12-Jan-23
lol Basil some are good enough to read twice Lewis

From: sundowner
12-Jan-23
We've had hard freezing weather and now rain storms. Difficult to trap in either. We're trying wax dirt for the first time, and making it ourselves. It seems to help repel water on flat sets so they can't freeze up. Not much luck so far though. A couple of coins and possums. The MB 550 offset trap is excellent! Fast!

Have ya'll tried wax dirt? Any tricks to it?

From: t-roy
12-Jan-23
Don’t drop your phone down the hole, Basil! ;-)

Did you case skin them, like muskrats, etc? What price did the fur buyer give you for them?

12-Jan-23
12 possums, 8 coons, and 1 skunk so far off 94 acres in 7 weeks. No wonder our turkeys are suffering.

From: Basil
12-Jan-23
Don’t think I ever sold a flying squirrel. Some were case skun on weasel boards others skun open & dried on the garage wall. That trapping was just for the pure joy of it as a kid. Any animal I could catch was exciting! Did run some pretty profitable 2-300 trap lines in the early ‘80s. Funded my college a couple years. Sold red squirrel tails to Mepps a couple times.

From: Whocares
12-Jan-23
An old buddy of mine has an ermine skinned out like a bear rug with the teeth showing hanging on his wall. Little kids ask what it is and he says a baby polar bear! They are wowed!

From: cnelk
12-Jan-23
I caught a few flying squirrels up in N Minn. They have really soft fur. Also trapped beaver, mink, otter, weasel, but the big money was fisher back in the 80s

From: Basil
12-Jan-23
Ermine was the fashion in the depression. My buddies grandpa was a commercial fishermen on Lake Superior. His winter weasel line made him great money. $2:50-$5.00 per pelt was huge money in those times.

From: Whocares
12-Jan-23
Yes Brad. I got $350 for 1 female fisher in the 90s on the Canadian auction. That was exciting. Sold lots of mink there. Of course I couldn't keep it a secret from my bride!

From: cnelk
12-Jan-23

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1984 - lol

From: t-roy
12-Jan-23

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Ermine (weasels) are kinda rare here. I’ve only seen 4 of them over the years, and have never caught one. I bought these at the Alaskan Trappers Assn. auction at the Fur Rondy in Anchorage. They were caught and tanned by a youngster running his first ever trap line, that year. The smile on his face when I bought them, was priceless!

The traps hanging, were my dad’s (my brother and I used them, as well) a couple of the books on the shelf, were also his. The board came from the original barn on the homestead that my great grandfather built in the late 1800s. A cousin who lives on the original homestead, tore the barn down several years ago, and found a couple of boards, that my grandfather and his brothers had carved their initials into. You can see my grandpa’s “HW” initials near the top of the board.

From: Mad Trapper
13-Jan-23
Very nice Troy! I would like to get up to that auction sometime. I hunted with a guy who was a past president of the Alaskan trappers awhile back.

From: Basil
13-Jan-23
Special little piece of family history there T-roy

13-Jan-23
That’s awesome troy!

From: Scoot
13-Jan-23
T- that thing is really sweet!

From: Lewis
13-Jan-23
Cool picture t-roy I’m glad you shared I see Vic Dunawways book in the stack he was a very good friend of mine and just a great man.His control of the English language was off the charts and btw he was a very good fisherman Good luck Lewis

From: t-roy
13-Jan-23
Thanks guys.

Very cool, Lewis! That was my brother’s book. He lived in Florida for quite awhile, and loved saltwater fishing. He passed away several years ago, so it’s kind of in memory of him.

Tom….you definitely need to go! It was a blast, and very interesting to me. If you participate in the Running of the Reindeer, leave your Speedos at home :-)

From: t-roy
13-Jan-23

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Science of Trapping, by E Kreps. Copyright 1935. I wonder what the significance is of the swastikas in the upper left corner on the book?

From: BwanaND
13-Jan-23
Can't wait to hear more reports on what folks are catching this season as I truly miss those days.

I too trapped as a kid and like ahunter76, had to run my lines before school. Getting up between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM every morning to run the line, getting back and going to school all day, and then having basketball practice after school meant that after about 2 weeks my body would just crash usually requiring a full day of sleep to get back on track.

I eagerly awaited each month's edition of Fur-Fish-Game and in fact, still have many of them squirreled away for safe keeping.

Red fox and coon were the primary targets along with a badger now and then, but invariably there were plenty of skunks encountered along the way as well as an occasional mink or weasel but those were rare.

Oh the memories!

From: BwanaND
13-Jan-23
Can't wait to hear more reports on what folks are catching this season as I truly miss those days.

I too trapped as a kid and like ahunter76, had to run my lines before school. Getting up between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM every morning to run the line, getting back and going to school all day, and then having basketball practice after school meant that after about 2 weeks my body would just crash usually requiring a full day of sleep to get back on track.

I eagerly awaited each month's edition of Fur-Fish-Game and in fact, still have many of them squirreled away for safe keeping.

Red fox and coon were the primary targets along with a badger now and then, but invariably there were plenty of skunks encountered along the way as well as an occasional mink or weasel but those were rare.

Oh the memories!

From: Lewis
13-Jan-23

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Not a bad day considering weather

From: Lewis
13-Jan-23

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Another

From: Lewis
13-Jan-23

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Double about 25 feet apart Good Luck Lewis

From: midwest
13-Jan-23
Atta buddy Lewis!

13-Jan-23
Awesome Lewis!!!

Troy that is awesome! Great momentos there!

From: Screwball
13-Jan-23
You running NO BS Extremes? I love them myself?

From: Lewis
13-Jan-23
I see you noticed all I can say is they don’t play I really like them and they are made in the USA Good Luck Lewis

From: Lewis
14-Jan-23

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Another bites the dust but of all things I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia today first time that ever happened I’m on antibiotics and steroids so we shall see .Still hoping the black one makes a mistake Good Luck Lewis

14-Jan-23
Get better fast Lewis! We’ll keep you in our prayers tonight for a quick recovery!

From: Screwball
14-Jan-23
Get well getting ready to fill a couple otter tags soon here. Kendall and his traps are incredible. Never have I had a pull out, toe catch, or miss.

From: Lewis
15-Jan-23

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Another one got caught turkeys will like this at full disclosure I didn’t go with my trapping buddy to check the traps I’m going to be cautious until I get over this pneumonia Good Luck Lewis

From: Lewis
15-Jan-23

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Another picture

From: t-roy
15-Jan-23
Hope you get feeling better soon, Lewis! Cool kitty pic!

15-Jan-23
That’s a meannnn kitty

From: sundowner
15-Jan-23
My dad always said, abobcat is like a "window fan with razor blades".

Trying to release one from a leghold trap is quite an adventure.

From: t-roy
15-Jan-23
I’ve seen a couple of YouTube videos of how “NOT” to release a bobcat….

From: Catscratch
15-Jan-23

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Hope ya get feeling better soon! Here's a cat I released a yr ago. Just through your coat ot coveralls on them. Tame as a kitten!

https://youtu.be/pobEfXvaiJY

15-Jan-23
“Trying to release one from a leghold trap is quite an adventure.”

I was just wondering about that! They are protected here, but I don’t know if it’s at all common to catch one, if you are setting for coyotes in the first place… Don’t think that sounds like as much fun as it might have 30 years ago….

“I wonder what the significance is of the swastikas in the upper left corner on the book?”

It’s my understanding that that is a symbol that has shown up all over the world for many centuries, and has great significance in many places; so it’s a shame that it was appropriated as it was….

Anyway, I think chances are really good that those have nothing to do with the modern associations….

From: Brian M.
15-Jan-23
Corax, I was never lucky enough to trap one, but most of the trappers I know have released a few. I'm tempted to start coyote trapping again just to try and catch a cat. I think it's the only animal in CT that I haven't caught. (Except bear of course). I even poked a porcupine with a stick once, considered it a kill.

From: Zbone
16-Jan-23
cnelk - Yes their fur is really, really soft, had them as pets, but why trap flying squirrels, they're not worth anything are they? They're no bigger than a chipmunk...

Been receiving Fur-Fish-Game for years, best magazine out there, the February 2023 with an otter on the cover just arrived the other day...

From: Lewis
16-Jan-23
Cool release Catscratch thanks for sharing Good luck Lewis

From: Lewis
16-Jan-23
Cool release Catscratch thanks for sharing Good luck Lewis

From: Lewis
16-Jan-23
Nothing today to report oh well Lewis

From: Basil
16-Jan-23
That was the puzzling part of trapping. Some days nothing moved & other days your traps were full. Kinda like hunting. Some days you get chicken other days feathers.

From: Mike B
17-Jan-23
I released a few bobcats back in the day...use a snare pole (for control, not choking) and pull their head to the ground. Stand on the snare pole and remove the trap, then release the cat.

Want something hard to release? Try a porcupine...:)

From: Lewis
18-Jan-23

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Back at it turkeys won’t miss this guy

From: Lewis
18-Jan-23

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Good looking yote oh well

From: Lewis
18-Jan-23

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Real nice coat

From: t-roy
18-Jan-23
Pretty yote, Lewis! That would be a nice one to tan and hang on the wall.

From: Lewis
18-Jan-23
T Roy that will probably be the case he is a good looking yote I still really want that big black one I have on camera Good Luck Lewis

From: deerhunter72
19-Jan-23
That's a beautiful yote Lewis! Congratulations on your success so far! Hope you are over your pneumonia.

t-roy, I really like your trap display on the old barn board. Great looking and a great piece of family history. I've got a couple of traps hanging in my game room that are electroplated gold. They look cool, but don't have any real history to me. My dad was a trapper in the late 70's and early 80's when the money was good. I always loved to see what he had hanging from his workbench. I wish I had a couple of his traps today. I'll never forget the day he sold all of them to a friend for $100. That was the first time I ever saw a hundred-dollar bill and it seemed like a fortune. That guy got a real bargain that day.

From: Lewis
19-Jan-23
Nothing to report today but we did have a big storm blow through last night Good luck all Lewis

From: jmiller
20-Jan-23

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Beaver blanket
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Beaver blanket
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Coyote mittens
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Coyote mittens
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Coyote bomber with leather bill
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Coyote bomber with leather bill
My snares have been empty, as we have had a few weeks of warmish January weather. I'm not complaining as I've been busy sewing up fur the last two months.

From: Lewis
20-Jan-23
Great looking stuff there never have gotten into that but it is appealing I bet a bow case or a gun case would be cool ?? thanks for sharing Lewis

From: Lewis
20-Jan-23
Oh nothing but 3 sprung traps oh well Lewis

From: Lewis
21-Jan-23
Another slow day but we have a front coming so maybe it’ll get them moving Good Luck Lewis

From: Arrowsmith
21-Jan-23

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With your permission Lewis, our contribution to "Let's go trapping". 2 checks at the cabin. 6 beav, 3 mink, and a few rats. Beaver on left was almost black. Arrowsmith

From: TMac
22-Jan-23
Nice haul arrowsmith

From: Lewis
22-Jan-23
Arrowsmith bring it on your posts are certainly welcome I have a very good friend whose last name is Arrowsmith Good luck Lewis

From: jmiller
22-Jan-23

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Snare line finally connected after three weeks

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Conibear in great spot.

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22-Jan-23

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Some rats
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Some rats

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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22-Jan-23

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Dirty 3 leged Yote. Farmer was very happy. Barn cats gone missing.
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Dirty 3 leged Yote. Farmer was very happy. Barn cats gone missing.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Let's not forget This is bowsite! This weeks 3D league. Getting my trapping partner into 3D to increase his skill level. Hes coming along nicely. Lol

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Partner had a mink chewing on a caught muskrat and let him get to 10 feet before running off. Made rock cubby with here, but so far mink has been no show

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Yesterday's league shoot.
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Yesterday's league shoot.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Partner, Jay "Stinky Minky" in pursuit of his favorite animal to trap.
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Partner, Jay "Stinky Minky" in pursuit of his favorite animal to trap.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Another nice buck mink.
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Another nice buck mink.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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We catch em in small trickles sometimes.
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We catch em in small trickles sometimes.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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Excellent mink and rat spot in this drainage to a swamp. I generally put three 150 conibears spaced 6 ft. apart in this run.
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Excellent mink and rat spot in this drainage to a swamp. I generally put three 150 conibears spaced 6 ft. apart in this run.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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A few more.
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A few more.

From: Arrowsmith
22-Jan-23

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And because I'm in Buffalo New York, LETS GO BUFFALO!!!
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And because I'm in Buffalo New York, LETS GO BUFFALO!!!

From: Zbone
22-Jan-23
Way cool pelts Jeff, where'd/how'd you learn how to sew fur?

From: jmiller
22-Jan-23
Zbone trial and error, articles and youtube. I used patterns for fleece sewing and made them work for fur. It's quite rewarding to turn tanned pelts into usable garments. Fur is so amazing!

From: Coop
22-Jan-23
Awesome thread. Brings so many memories back when I trapped through High School. Fur prices were awesome in the 70's. Thanks to everyone posting pics.

From: Gun
22-Jan-23

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My first year trapping Coyotes after taking the Alberta trapping course (required) and getting my first license. These were snared on three farms I hunted. Instant increase of deer the next season. You will never shoot enough of them to make a difference.

From: Gun
22-Jan-23

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From: Gun
22-Jan-23

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Fun getting this one loose. Frozen solid.

From: Gun
22-Jan-23
have no clue where that came from LOL

From: Zbone
22-Jan-23
Right on Jeff.... Well done...

From: Lewis
25-Jan-23
Nothing to speak of the last couple of days but this weather has been surreal heavy rain last night and this morning plus wind gusts around 40 Good luck Lewis

From: Lewis
28-Jan-23

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Caught a little break in the weather but I’m still not completely over the pneumonia mess but doing better got this guy today nice yote

From: Lewis
28-Jan-23

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Another

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28-Jan-23

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He has some chompers

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