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How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... #23351
01/06/07 03:52 PM
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The story about how Trapperman.com came about has been told many times and even published in The Trapper and Predator Caller magazine. But because there are new people coming online all the time who do not know about it, I'll tell it again.

Back in the mid 90's dad was in Mississippi giving trapping instructions to someone, or some group. Somehow he ran up with a fella named Benny in Mississippi. Benny wanted to learn to trap beavers and go into business taking care of problem beavers for land owners.

Dad spent a couple days with Benny showing him how to do it. Dad gave Benny some of his beaver traps because I don't think Benny had much in the way of trapping supplies.

Upon completing his instruction, Benny said something to the effect that he didn't know how he could ever repay Charles for all he'd done for him. Dad just told Benny, "Pass it on".

My first computer was a Tandy 1000SX with two 5 1/4 inch floppy drives and no hard drive. So, in the fall of 1997 after dad passed away I got a new computer that had a hard drive and internet capability. I got online and started searching for trapping sites.

I ran across one called Otter Creek. There was a message board and a chat room. I started frequenting the chat room in the evenings, but didn't tell anyone who I was. I preferred just to be a trapper and not anything more.

Well, one evening when in the chat, Benny came right out and asked if I was Charles Dobbins' son. I replied that I was. He then told me that he was going to repay a debt he had with dad.

I asked him what he meant and he said that he was going to build me the best trapping site on the web and that it would become the most popular. I had no idea at the time what he was talking about. He told me about what dad had done and that by building me the best trapping site on the web, he'd be repaying that debt of "Passing it on" to dad.

I didn't know what to think. I was no puter guru... heck, I barely had learned how to use my dial up modem at that time. I told him that I didn't think I could do it.

He told me that he would put it all together and show me all I needed to know. He asked me what I wanted on the site and I let him know what I thought would be good to have for a site.

He then commenced building. He made the header images, got a forum and put together all the info pages.

One day in the spring of 1998, I got an email from him saying to click on the link he had in the email. I did and there it was. Trapperman.com had been born.

The rest as they say is history.

Dad's generosity, and Benny's returning the favor by investing his skill in creating this place, is what made it happen.

I reckon you could say that Trapperman.com is another learning tool that dad is responsible for, although he never knew of it. And Benny's ability to create such a wonderful place made it all happen.



Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Paul Dobbins] #23358
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Thank you for sharing Paul.

Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Paul Dobbins] #23359
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That story never get's old.


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Jtrapper] #23365
01/06/07 04:09 PM
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Nice story, Paul. I'm sure your dad had no idea the words "Pass it on" would reach out and impact, as they have, literally thousands of trappers.







Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: ] #23372
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So, whatever happened to Benny? Does he still take care of the site? Is he still around somewhere? Did they name a school in Mississippi after him?

Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: ] #23374
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Well I deffently think he full filled his promise to your dad. Since thousands of people have learned from this site.


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Iowa Trapper] #23379
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Great story Paul,thanks for shareing.

Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Iowa Trapper] #23380
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That was a really cool story. You know, I have made the same offer to that Lenon Guy. But Alas, he simply won't give in. LOL>


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: NYNovice] #23382
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Thats a good story. He has impacted many people. I'm sure Charles had no idea he would pass it on to thousands of trappers world wide.


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: NYNovice] #23383
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Thats a good story. He has impacted many people. I'm sure Charles had no idea he would pass it on to thousands of trappers world wide.


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: NYNovice] #23384
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Thats a good story. He has impacted many people. I'm sure Charles had no idea he would pass it on to thousands of trappers world wide.


I don't go hunting I go killing, because with hunting theres the possibility of failure
Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: CoonTrembler] #23396
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Thanks for the story Paul.


Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Natty Bumpo] #23407
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Good story and were "passin it on"!


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Natty Bumpo] #23408
01/06/07 05:05 PM
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I had the pleasure of meeting Pauls dad at the NTA in Columbia, Mo and a Missouri rendevous.


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Paul Dobbins] #23422
01/06/07 05:17 PM
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Benny still drops in from time to time. He's currently going to college.

He will be on Emeril Live I believe tomorrow night - Jan 7. He got into a burger cooking contest and won. Emeril is cooking his burger on the show and Benny will be there also. The show is already filmed.

He told us about it on Hal's refugee forum not long ago.

(I think that was the date - can anyone else confirm this?)



Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Paul Dobbins] #23453
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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: trapper72] #23494
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great story


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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: trapper72] #23495
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great story


Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Texas Trapper] #23507
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that wus a good story paul one that will be in my head for many moons , to think that a couple words could become well the best known trappin site and thousands apon thousands of pages full of infermation bein passed from trapper to trapper.........

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Re: How Trapperman.com Came To Be.... [Re: Mn_muskratter] #23516
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good story alway wonder how it happend

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