How to explain the excitement I feel about trapping season I don’t think I can but trust me when I tell you that I love trapping season I love preparing for it, setting for it, and the catch! When I am hunting for a specific animal, I know what my harvest will be, maybe not the size but indeed the animal, when I trap there are so many surprises!
Owning and operating a sporting goods store I talk to a lot of trappers and hunters and find that the previous generation of trappers does not always pass the knowledge of trapping on due to the lack of monetary value. Trapping takes skill and offers many benefits from the use of the animal hide, population control as well as the satisfaction of learning and sharing this skill with younger generations.
I find trapping to be one of the most fulfilling forms of hunting I practice. Getting an animal to come towards a certain smell and once there to step on a small circle and then hold them there makes trapping a difficult form of hunting.
I always tell everyone that running a trapline is a lot like Christmas morning. Getting up at daybreak to walk your line every morning is exciting, each trap on your line is another opportunity for another successful trap. If you have never ran a trapline, just get a few traps and start a small line, the excitement of never knowing what you are going to get is what I love!
A quick story from this past season, I was walking in to my blind for archery whitetail and heard quite a bit of noise coming from a gully where I had a trap line run. It was still dark, so I shined a light on the trap to see what the noise was, there was a coyote attacking a gray fox that was in a leg-hold trap. I usually leave my trapline having encountered some sort of a “well I’ve never seen that before” thought. If you’re looking for some of the best stories, find a group of local trappers, sit and have a cup of, and listen to the stories and advice of a seasoned trapper.
I have my share of trapping stories, and they are always fun to tell, but another rewarding part of trapping is to learn to flesh and tan hides. Turning hides into a usable product such a rewarding hobby. Yes, it is hard work, especially greasy, thick beaver hides, but when it is finished, you will look at a fur in a whole different light. I will do another blog post later about hides and the tanning process