for me it's a hobby and something I love. It probably costs me money to trap but I do it anyway for the love of it
I hear that! Last year was my boy and my first year trapping. Unless we get better it will take about a decade to recover what I have invested just to get started. I won't mention what I dropped this year, but that first grinner sure did cost me alot! I did pick up some more ground but have not set on them yet. Waiting for deer season to end.
I split the money with my boy and kept a couple bucks to help cover the gas that we used. I got hooked bad and it is something else that I can do with my kids. Lots of memories checking traps with my kids. On weekends they argue about who gets to go with me to check them. Got a nice double on two big boar coons this year with my 4 year old daughter. She was more excited than I was. She even helped me skin them (she pushed the button for the winch).
I guess in summery my job pays for trapping. The money from trapping gets split with my helpers. If I get a case of beer out it all the better. I am doing it for the memories with my kids. You can't put a price on the look on their face when you have catch. I love hearing them tell the stories of running the line and making a catch, almost better than being there with them. They are good story tellers. They do come by it honest.
So there you have it, I am banking what I get from trapping/hunting with my kids. Some day when I can not do it any more I can sit back and think of all the good times.