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Contributors to this thread:
Wv hillbilly 10-Nov-23
t-roy 10-Nov-23
TMac 10-Nov-23
Missouribreaks 10-Nov-23
RJ Hunt 10-Nov-23
Chuckster 10-Nov-23
scentman 10-Nov-23
MA-PAdeerslayer 10-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 11-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 11-Nov-23
Bwhnt 11-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 11-Nov-23
scentman 11-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 12-Nov-23
Supernaut 12-Nov-23
ki-ke 12-Nov-23
Ron Niziolek 12-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 13-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 14-Nov-23
t-roy 14-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 14-Nov-23
deerhunter72 15-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 15-Nov-23
deerhunter72 15-Nov-23
Fuzz 15-Nov-23
Coop 15-Nov-23
Sean D. 15-Nov-23
Jbrink 15-Nov-23
t-roy 15-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 16-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 16-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 16-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 17-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 18-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 19-Nov-23
Fuzz 19-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 20-Nov-23
Empty Freezer 20-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 20-Nov-23
t-roy 20-Nov-23
Groundhunter 20-Nov-23
t-roy 20-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 20-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 21-Nov-23
t-roy 21-Nov-23
Stringcheesehead 21-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 22-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 22-Nov-23
wytex 22-Nov-23
Mark Watkins 22-Nov-23
Shug 22-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 23-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 23-Nov-23
t-roy 23-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 24-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 25-Nov-23
Wv hillbilly 26-Nov-23
Paul@thefort 09-Dec-23
10-Nov-23

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Loaded truck this morning
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Loaded truck this morning
First day of trapping here in Ohio.

Been doing a trapping thread for several years now. Here’s another year. Got out almost 100 rat sets today. Handful of coon sets and a few yote traps and snares. Will update tomorrow. Hope to get some more yote stuff set up tomorrow.

From: t-roy
10-Nov-23
Good luck, WV. I’ll be following along again this year.

From: TMac
10-Nov-23
Always enjoy following….good luck!

10-Nov-23
Good luck, please keep us posted.

From: RJ Hunt
10-Nov-23
Oh man. Awesome. I look forward to this thread every year.

From: Chuckster
10-Nov-23
One of my favorites Wv.

From: scentman
10-Nov-23
You look like your ready!

10-Nov-23
One of my favorites!

11-Nov-23
Thanks fellas. It’s nice having the freezer full and the time to get after it again. Leaving the shed now to see what we caught.

11-Nov-23

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From: Bwhnt
11-Nov-23
Good luck I'm gonna set some beaver traps in December. Beaver stew is the bomb.

11-Nov-23

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Not as good as I expected but we got some critters. Got bout a dozen yote snares out. Couple foot holds.
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Not as good as I expected but we got some critters. Got bout a dozen yote snares out. Couple foot holds.

From: scentman
11-Nov-23
Nice catch... that one nest raider has a nice coat!

12-Nov-23

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Got a few more to throw on the pile.
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Got a few more to throw on the pile.

From: Supernaut
12-Nov-23
Awesome, great thread here and I enjoy following along.

Best of success and thanks for posting!

From: ki-ke
12-Nov-23
Always a fun thread to follow.

WV Hillbilly the terminator…..

From: Ron Niziolek
12-Nov-23
Ready for more of this.

13-Nov-23

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Thanks fellas. Few more today. Pulled mast the rat sets. The ice along the edges is putting a damper on the sets. Back to work tomorrow. Still got some stuff out to check in the evenings.
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Thanks fellas. Few more today. Pulled mast the rat sets. The ice along the edges is putting a damper on the sets. Back to work tomorrow. Still got some stuff out to check in the evenings.

14-Nov-23

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Just one wet coon this evening.
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Just one wet coon this evening.

From: t-roy
14-Nov-23
What’s the outlook on the fur prices this year? Still really depressed, I’m assuming?

14-Nov-23
Yes sir troy. Very depressing. But I’m not in it for the money. The only good thing about low prices is that there’s no competition for spots. After gun season here I’m gonna get after the yotes pretty steady.

From: deerhunter72
15-Nov-23
Glad to see you doing this thread again! Got a question, I was hunting in my woods last Saturday morning and I had what I thought was a big white cat under my tree just before daylight. Turns out it was an albino raccoon. I don't know how rare they are, but I know I've never seen one. Ever caught one?

15-Nov-23

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Just one big ringtail this evening. Any guesses on what it weighs?
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Just one big ringtail this evening. Any guesses on what it weighs?
Deer hunter, I’ve only caught one white one over the years. It had the pink eyes etc. its head was shaped more like a possum than a coon. I’ve got several straight black ones and a few reds but white is definitely the odd ball. Would make a cool mount.

From: deerhunter72
15-Nov-23
Thanks for the info David! I did a little looking today and apparently the odds of seeing one in the wild are extremely slim. I messaged my taxidermist to see if he would mount it, but I may never see it again.

That’s a whooper of a coon! I’ll guess 24 pounds.

From: Fuzz
15-Nov-23
26 and ¾ lbs...

From: Coop
15-Nov-23
I like it. I trapped in my high school days. Loved it. Miss it.

From: Sean D.
15-Nov-23
Very few muskrats left around me. I use to stop at 100 when i was younger to leave seed for the next year but now would be lucky to get 10. Im gonna wait till after gun season and try to thin out all these coon though

From: Jbrink
15-Nov-23
I shoot an Elbino coon years ago my grandpa mounted it for me and it looked more like a opossum than a coon too

From: t-roy
15-Nov-23
I’ll guess 28.6lbs (gross)

16-Nov-23

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It takes a giant to break the 20 lb mark around here. I’ll get a few of them a year if I’m after the coon much. Biggest one over the years was 24 and some change.
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It takes a giant to break the 20 lb mark around here. I’ll get a few of them a year if I’m after the coon much. Biggest one over the years was 24 and some change.

16-Nov-23

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First yote of the year. Fur ain’t good but I’m gonna skin him. Get me 1.50$ for his hide
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First yote of the year. Fur ain’t good but I’m gonna skin him. Get me 1.50$ for his hide

16-Nov-23

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Not a bad catch for the handful of sets I got out.
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Not a bad catch for the handful of sets I got out.

17-Nov-23
Only a possum today. Gonna make a few coon sets tomorrow between taking the youngest daughter hunting.

18-Nov-23

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Couple more for the pile.
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Couple more for the pile.
Took my cousins daughter deer hunting this morning and am back out at it now. Youth season this weekend. Neither of my daughters wanted to go. We seen two does this morning but no shots. Gonna take her and my youngest daughter out coon hunting tonight with one of my buddies dogs.

19-Nov-23

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Two happy girls. We shot out three and headed home so they could get up to deer hunt.
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Two happy girls. We shot out three and headed home so they could get up to deer hunt.

From: Fuzz
19-Nov-23

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Trapped my 1st coyote yesterday. I've snared some in recent years but this was my 1st year of trapping them. Big boar coon (21lbs) and a grinner rounded out the catch. My Mountain Cur Josie didn't know what to think of the 'yote.

20-Nov-23
Congratulations fuzz! That’s a good looking cur. Didn’t get anything yesterday. Hopefully something is waiting after work today.

20-Nov-23
That black coon is cool. Never seen one that dark. Us to trap from 12 until 17 years old. Im 63 now i get the bug just lookin at your pics. Great Thread as always.

20-Nov-23

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Just a fox today. I don’t target them since there aren’t many around but get a few every year in yote snares
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Just a fox today. I don’t target them since there aren’t many around but get a few every year in yote snares
Thanks empty freezer! The all black ones are my favorite.

From: t-roy
20-Nov-23
Do you have any grey fox in your area, wv?

From: Groundhunter
20-Nov-23
I am using 550s for yotes, but I have to deal with wolves. PIA.... Ohio is a rich trapping area... Love trapping threads.

From: t-roy
20-Nov-23
Groundhunter……..what hoops do you have to jump through if you catch a wolf?

20-Nov-23
Troy, there aren’t many around. I haven’t caught one here. Only seen one and it was hit on the road. Used to be a lot where I grew up at in wv.

21-Nov-23
Nothing today. Try again tomorrow.

From: t-roy
21-Nov-23
Supposedly, we have greys here in Iowa, but I’ve never seen one. My dad shot a lot of foxes back in the 50s & 60s. Both greys and reds. I remember seeing SKIPPY peanut butter jars filled with fox ears, in the freezer in the basement. Either the county or the state would pay $2 for a set back then.

21-Nov-23
Incidentals in wisconsin have to be released. We can't use lethal traps for most anything out of the water. We have cable restraints rather than snares so they have a relaxing stop on the cable. Piece of plywood with a notch in the bottom is the common safety equipment to release out of footholds.

22-Nov-23

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Got three trash pandas today. Wet and muddy.
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Got three trash pandas today. Wet and muddy.
Troy we used to call them with an old portable cassette player and flashlights taped to the shotgun with green or red plastic over it. Was a lot of fun. Reds were the prize back then. Greys would run in and have to kick em if you didn’t shoot a lot of times. I still have several of the cassettes my dad and grandpa used. I averaged 1.75$ last year on coon. Doesn’t look like the price will change this year. There’s no money in it but I’m getting after a few. Takes a lot of time and effort to catch, skin, and flesh them but it’s fun. Gotta do what you enjoy while you can. Most the coon this year have been caught in muskrat sets or blind sets on trails. If I have enough time tomorrow before the wife needs me to help with dinner I’m gonna put out several baited sets. Hope everyone had a good safe thanksgiving. God bless!

22-Nov-23
Stringcheesehead that takes some guts to release one like that. I’ve seen a few videos guy’s doing it. I’d want someone behind me with a shotgun to shoot me if a bobcat or wolf wanted revenge after it was set free. It’s bad enough walking down a snare to release a deer when I catch one. Can’t imagine letting a wolf or bobcat go.

From: wytex
22-Nov-23
Fur prices are varying this year but some should be ok. Here is the FHA outlook for 2024: Going into the 2024 season we are optimistic having seen the results of last year with price increases and strong clearances on several important items. We expect beaver and marten to do very well as they increased steadily last year and we are completely sold out. Again we are confident wolves, wolverines and bears will remain in high demand. Canadian lynx and the commercial bobcats will sell at last year’s levels or stronger. Better quality red foxes are moving well and there is a good demand for cross and silver foxes. The coyote market is not expected to improve and prices may be lower in order to get decent clearances. The heavy sections in raccoon will be saleable with the biggest sizes most in demand. For other sections of commercial raccoon, we will sell at low levels in order to clear. The market for castoreum has softened which historically happens when beaver prices climb along with harvest quantities. There remains a market but the fact is that castor prices are currently at a $90.00 basis for Grade #1, $45.00 for Grade #2 and Grade #3 at $20. Muskrats were the article we were hoping to see improve in 2023. Even with reducing the values slightly on our June auction, we received very little interest. It is expected that the 2024 selling season will see the end of what is felt to be an inventory of 15 million stale dated ranch mink, including those held by Kopenhagen Fur, that will be auctioned during their last year in operation. This inventory, once sold, will greatly help the wild fur industry in particular the muskrat market. For the most part, trappers who harvest northern species can expect better prices this 2024 selling season.

From: Mark Watkins
22-Nov-23
Great thread!

Thanks for taking us along!

Mark

From: Shug
22-Nov-23
Great stuff

23-Nov-23

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Happy thanksgiving!
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Happy thanksgiving!
Thanks fellas. Set up a few snares and baited coon sets on a different property today.

23-Nov-23

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I didn’t have my phone on me the first time. This is the second fox squirrel I’ve caught in this baited coon set. I’ve caught plenty of rabbits in yote sets but never a squirrel.
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I didn’t have my phone on me the first time. This is the second fox squirrel I’ve caught in this baited coon set. I’ve caught plenty of rabbits in yote sets but never a squirrel.

From: t-roy
23-Nov-23
Pretty crazy with the squirrels! I don’t recall ever catching a squirrel in a leg hold.

24-Nov-23
Nothing today. Set a few snares and a couple footholds out for yotes on a different property again today. Hate to get to many out. Our gun season opens Monday and I pull or knock everything down while it’s in. It’s a pain trying to check while the gun hunters are out. Plus they shoot giant holes in any yotes I catch.

25-Nov-23

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Just one yote today
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Just one yote today

26-Nov-23
Nothing today. Got everything pulled or knocked down before the gun hunters hit the woods tomorrow. Will update when I get back after em.

From: Paul@thefort
09-Dec-23
Hey David, back in the day when most furnaces used coal, a class mate trapped coons and rats and after skinning them tossed the carcass into the furnace. The house smelled of roasting meat, but a good smell. In the late 50s we were getting $1.25 for a rat and 5-10 $$ for a med coon. During the early 1970s while in South Dakota, a good red fox, unskinned with a few shotgun pellet holes, would bring $50.

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