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First animal #6950926
08/01/20 08:45 PM
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Tommie Offline OP
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What was the first animal you ever caught? Mine was a boar coon in 1985 in a victor 1 1/2 dj . I can still remember everything about it . I remember walking in the barn and there it was under the feed room . I didnít have a clue what I was doing or how to skin it but i did manage to get it done in the basement of the house . If I remember correctly I got like $8.00 for it but I think the fur buyer felt sorry for me or paid me to shut up cause he was tired of hearing the story over and over-but I didnít care one bit , I was hooked after that . Letís hear some Of your first catches.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950934
08/01/20 08:49 PM
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Swords Creek, VA
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Swords Creek, VA
A grey fox in our back pasture. Been hooked ever since. Still wish we had a good population of those little beauties. Eric

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950937
08/01/20 08:50 PM
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tennessee
Possum, and it might as well have been a Wolverine. I was hooked instantly. A guy showed me how to half way bed a long spring and cover the pan with a dead leaf . LOL. I thought it was pure sorcery when we caught something.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950946
08/01/20 08:55 PM
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Johnston County, NC
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Johnston County, NC
Muskrat in a slide around a pond here on the homeplace, grandad showed me how to catch them. I guess i caught em out as they have never been in that pond again. This was over 30 years ago. A close second would be a cottontail in a rabbit box

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950962
08/01/20 09:05 PM
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higginsville, mo
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headache73 Offline
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higginsville, mo
Skunk. That same morning I learned they spray when ya shoot em grin but I was hooked. I just stood and stared when I walked up on my first bobcat lol

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950967
08/01/20 09:09 PM
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Ne pa
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I didn't start trapping till 4 years ago (2016), when I was about 33. My boy was about 9 at the time. We set some traps the first day that we could. Checked them in the morning and sure enough, we had a bobcat. They didn't come in for another 7 weeks. That was fun letting it go. We also had a grinner and 4 coons. That was one heck of a day. Been giving it heck ever since.


You can't buy experience, but you'll pay for it.
.... but what do I know, I'm just a dumb farmer. ~ My Dad.
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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950973
08/01/20 09:12 PM
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Oh, almost forgot. Caught a second bobcat that same year about a week before the season opened. My boy wasn't with me for that one tho.


You can't buy experience, but you'll pay for it.
.... but what do I know, I'm just a dumb farmer. ~ My Dad.
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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950985
08/01/20 09:17 PM
08/01/20 09:17 PM
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WI
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WI
Muskrat
110 duke.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950988
08/01/20 09:19 PM
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McGrath, AK
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Mink I think


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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6950992
08/01/20 09:20 PM
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Moved to Fbks, Ak.
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A coon at a farm just outside (at the time) Omaha. Maybe 1974.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951000
08/01/20 09:26 PM
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fayette,al.
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fayette,al.
Gray Fox

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951005
08/01/20 09:27 PM
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Michigan
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Michigan
Male mink in a conibear 1982 first trap, first night. Sold in the round to a local buyer for $35. Still remember it like it was yesterday. Highest price I have ever gotten for a mink.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951006
08/01/20 09:28 PM
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KY
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A sow coon in a 160 BMI magnum at the FTA Trappers college back in 1996. I can still clearly see the trail and that coon dead right where she got hit by the trap. My then girlfriend and now my wife Shannon had caught a huge boar coon that same day. She was in a different group and when we all got back to the main camp to compare notes for the day I took a ton of ribbing for having the smaller coon. I didn't care I was just super happy to have caught something.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951012
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Ohio
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Coon, box trap. Under a den tree.

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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951015
08/01/20 09:34 PM
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Oakland, MS
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Oakland, MS
I was 7 and had just discovered my uncle's old steel traps hanging in a shed at my grandparents house and had to go set them RIGHT THEN even though it was August, lol. I went down behind the house to the woods and in a corn field there found where coon had been pulling down the corn stalks to eat. It was a clearing a few rows back in about 10'x`10'. I dragged a big dead tree branch into the center of the clearing and wired all 4 traps to that one drag. Then I set them all. They were set right on top of the ground and lightly covered with leaves and torn up corn leaves. Then I took a few ears of corn and peeled them and set them on the ground strategically placed around my traps.

The next day I woke up and ran straight down there. Well, it wasn't a coon that was waiting for me. It was a skunk! I had never considered that possibility and had no idea what to do so off I ran all the way home again to get my grandfather. I still don't know how we didn't get sprayed, but somehow he pinned down the tail with a forked stick and turned it loose. He told me I needed to pull my traps for now because it was summer and the fur wasn't worth anything. That fall I caught my first coon, and muskrat, and plenty of possums. It would be several more years though before I learned enough to catch my first fox.

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951033
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13 lined ground squirrels - no idea my age, just old enough to set the #1s hanging in the barn. Then some skunks. Then a fox, which felt like the "big-time" as a kid!


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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951036
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Texas
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A big boar coon in a #2 victor double long spring. 1974. I was 11 yrs old. Trapped every year but 6 of those 46 years.

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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951052
08/01/20 09:57 PM
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Many catches ferom 4 till 18.... but first licensed trapping catch. Big boar Coon! In a cubby using sardines and a victor 220


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Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951057
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Probably a muskrat. I remember every first critter of each species and the exact spot I caught them

Re: First animal [Re: Tommie] #6951071
08/01/20 10:10 PM
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The Hill Country of Texas
Mike Clement and Lyle Gibson got me all riled up at the trappers education showing us how to rig drowners so I went straight home and cobbled a 1.5 onto a cable. I squished copper collars I cut with a hack saw on each and and used a stout collar from the end of lead pipe with a hole in one side to make the one way slider but by the time I got to a little spring fed pool I was so excited I set it backwards (the slide facing up).

I could hardly sleep that night thinking of the big boar coon I was gonna catch. Next morning long b4 light I took a light and checked- I thought I had caught a baby possum but instead of getting out in the water he had rolled in the mud. I rigged him backwards

I slid down the bank only to realize it was a skunk so caked in soft mud his tail looked slick. He raised it up and gave me one (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) of a shot. I had to throw those carharts on a fence post and leave them air out for nearly 3 months but I was hooked.

I am guessing it was maybe 1985 just a few miles off the Kickapoo reservation in Kansas. I was young and dumb but full of (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) and vinegar so I rounded up a bunch of 110s and got 3 bucks a head for buckets and buckets of rats those first few years.


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