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Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713429
01/01/20 08:05 PM
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I can't tell ya lol. I wrote about it not to long ago with the intention of sending to one of the trappers magazines but keep going over it because it always seems like it needs tweaked. I am the only Trapper in my entire family, a few love to here stories as they consider me the storyteller lol, that cracks me up. For the most part I'm the good ole, down home, backwoods brother, uncle etc. I've mostly always trapped alone with the exception of a few buddies, I'm the last one of my hunting party, and I thought maybe someone out there would like to read my first go around with trapping. Someday lol.


I wonder if tap dancers walk into a room, look at the floor, and think, I'd tap that. I wonder about things.....
Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713626
01/01/20 10:10 PM
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My grandfather trapped, I went with him when I was 8,9,10
He caught red, gray fox, beaver, muskrat, coons, bobcat, possums, skunks and weasels.
No yotes much around back then, 1968,69,70
He was a self taught trapper, a darn good one.
Never looked back..
It gets in your blood

Re: What got you started? [Re: GoGitter] #6713643
01/01/20 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by GoGitter
10 years ago I started dating my wife and the beaver s were backing the water up on her property. I sat in the swamp a couple evenings with a rifle but quickly saw that was not the way to get rid of beavers. So I watched YouTube and bought 4 330 conibears. I caught a beaver the first night and that started my addiction and love for trapping. Probably 4 years into trapping beaver i jumped on the coyotes and I enjoy trapping both.



So you married for trapping privilege?

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713647
01/01/20 10:31 PM
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South Central North Dakota
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My grandfather was having issues with a beaver in his spring knocking down trees. I sat out there for hours with a shot gun waiting for the dang thing. He never showed. I thought there HAD to be a better way. Lot of internet research and made my first 2 snares with washers and some scrap wire I had laying around. Threw them on a couple trails and the next day I had my very first beaver! Can't explain how excited and surprised I was to walk up and find a tight line. My grandfather was so happy and proud. Biggest beaver he's ever seen he claimed, although I am sure that was more for my ego then actual truth. He sure is missed.

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713656
01/01/20 10:43 PM
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I visited Yellowstone and then read Corps of Discovery about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Decided to try to catch a beaver on a friends farm. Bought two 330 traps and caught two 40 lb beaver the same night.

Enough said. Hook was set. Something to do outside after deer season closed. Tried coon buckets and they worked. An otter swam through a 330. Wow. Then I started buying stuff on eBay and mail order stores. Never turned a profit but sure enjoyed the experiences.

After a knee replacement failure, I donated everything to a Cape Hatteras park ranger office and took a write off.

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713665
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No joke. This site. I got started at a very late age. Had a great father he just did not have the time to get me outdoors. Found that place myself. Paul is my trapping dad! lol

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713684
01/01/20 11:09 PM
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When I was fifteen one of my buddies at school told me he was trapping. It was another thing to do outdoors, and like hunting, so I went out and bought one #1 long spring. My friend showed me where to set the trap, in front of a hole in a creek bank. I now recognize it was an old muskrat hole with no sign of fresh activity.

The next day I pulled the chain out of deep water and saw something long and furry in the trap.

"A mink!" my buddy yelled. "You lucky dog, you got a mink!"

Although he'd caught some muskrats and 'coon, he'd never caught a mink.

It was a small female mink, and I sold it in the round for $2.00 to the local fur buyer. My Dad thought I'd been ripped off and called the fur buyer. The guy convinced Dad that's what the fur market was at the time, and offered to sell me back the mink.

That was November 1971, a few years before the mid-70s boom.

Jim


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Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713685
01/01/20 11:14 PM
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I think it was a Disney movie back in the mid 60's. The story line was a father got sick and couldn't make it out on the family trapline that winter so his young son step in for him ans went out into the wilderness and had a successful winter on the trapline.
Got me thinking about trapping.
Can you imagine a Disney film like that today? I think they must have burnt the film, I've looked all over for a copy of that movie; nothing to be found.


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Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713686
01/01/20 11:16 PM
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I bought feed for the cows, had it in the back of the pickup. I went in the house to eat supper and coons tore open 6 bags. That was 3 years ago. I had never trapped before, learned here and watching u tubes. Still have a lot to learn.

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713691
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As a kid in 6 grade I trapped with a friend for a year then gave it up . At almost 40 was walking my kids to bus stop across neighbors yard and found a lot of blood and a leash the wolves had eaten there dog in middle of night . I decided them wolves needed to pay for eating Fido and they are one at a time.

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Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713720
01/01/20 11:50 PM
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When I was little my Grandma used to tell us stories of how her dad trapped through the depression and how she would help him "work" fur. I guess I was a trapper before I ever set my first trap.
I got to trap the same marshes and ditches my great grandfather trapped. Dad was a coonhunter but didn't trap but I learned quick how to put up coon.


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There's a fine line between an open mind and an empty head.
Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713741
01/02/20 12:29 AM
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I found a cage trap at my uncle's house that had a dead possum in it. I was absolutely intruiged. He told me I could take it home and use it. So my cousin and I set it in a dry Creek bed and baited it with corn and with a week's time and a little luck we caught a coon then a squirrel and a rabbit I was hooked forever.

Re: What got you started? [Re: trappingthomas] #6713746
01/02/20 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by trappingthomas
No joke. This site. I got started at a very late age. Had a great father he just did not have the time to get me outdoors. Found that place myself. Paul is my trapping dad! lol


Well, son, you've done well - lol.



Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713834
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I started when I was around 8 a friend an I found some traps in a barn on the property he an his mom rented, we set traps an caught a coon , we try to skin an put it up on some wire we had , we took it to fur buyer an he through it in the garbage , my friend quit but I was hook I started reading fur fish an game , an learned from the school of hard knot people back then would not show or help at all, dad did not trap , maybe that's why I try to help as many people I can get into trapping !!! smile

Re: What got you started? [Re: waggler] #6713843
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Originally Posted by waggler
I think it was a Disney movie back in the mid 60's. The story line was a father got sick and couldn't make it out on the family trapline that winter so his young son step in for him ans went out into the wilderness and had a successful winter on the trapline.
Got me thinking about trapping.
Can you imagine a Disney film like that today? I think they must have burnt the film, I've looked all over for a copy of that movie; nothing to be found.


The movie was Those Calloways. I ordered it several years ago because i liked it too. It's still available from Amazon. Sorry, it don't know how to post a link

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Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6713894
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Some of my story isn't good. When I was nine years old, I lived next to a golf course. One November day, myself and some visiting cousins were out on the golf course looking for who knows what, when we found some traps in the creek that was a water hazard on the course. Not really thinking it through we took them home to my house. Did I mention that there was snow on the ground? A couple of hours later, two men who were friends of my stepfather, knocked on the door of our house. They had followed the trail that three kids had made, right to our door. I paid a high price for those traps, believe me, and I didn't even get to keep them! The following year my stepfather gave me two Victor #1 stop loss traps and told me " I guess you know there are Muskrats in the Golf Course creek". It took me all season to catch one Muskrat, but I was hooked. This was in 1962 and I haven't missed a season since.

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6714033
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My old man trapped his entire life and his father as well. So was taught at a young age he carried me across beaver dams from the time I could walk. Been trapping ever since and now showing my daughter how to. She will make the 4th generation hope she passes it on to her kids someday and so on.

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6714043
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High school friend trapped rats. Water trapping is still my favorite. Love being on the water, hate being in the water. Plan on dying dry.


THE END IS NEAR

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6714056
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When I was 12 my father had a massive heart attack at the age of 38. Back then there was no paid leave and our family struggled. I had hunted all my life and grey foxes were plentiful. I had killed one squirrel hunting and sold it for 28 bucks. So read how to trap them and went from there. Caught 7 my first year with 4 1 3/4 northwood traps the neighbour gave me. Checked them before school each day on my bike. Next year I figured out I could watch their dens and right at dark they would come out and I shot them. With 6 traps and watching dens I killed 31 and sold them for 30 bucks apiece. It kept my family afloat until my Dad got his disability.

Next 3 years I caught over 50 foxes with one dozen traps checking before school . About half and half reds and greys. No yotes around here then and foxes where every where ...

Re: What got you started? [Re: Slicktreedog] #6715987
01/04/20 05:11 AM
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I started dating Jerry.

Its been a great buncha years.

Ive learned alot 0


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