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Quit my job and am going to trap #7374850
10/08/21 09:46 PM
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UP Michigan
Yooper1978 Offline OP
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So, how does a guy, in this day and age, make it fur trapping? Yes, fur prices are low but what does a person really “need”. If a job didn’t “get in the way”, could a person do it? Of course this is hypothetical. What are your thoughts? It wasnt that long ago, a person could do it!!

Last edited by Yooper1978; 10/08/21 09:48 PM.
Re: Quit my job and trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374853
10/08/21 09:52 PM
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Other than maybe nuisance trapping or govt trapping I think it would be extremely difficult to make it.
In a depressed market a person would need volume, accomplishing volume costs a lot in overhead.

Osky


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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374856
10/08/21 09:53 PM
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You don’t unless you want to live in a cave like the Taliban. Ever watch Scooby-Do? You’ll be the hairy hermit guy.



Owl


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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374857
10/08/21 09:55 PM
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One of the worst times unless you have established end markets to sell to.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: SpottedOwl] #7374858
10/08/21 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by SpottedOwl
You don’t unless you want to live in a cave like the Taliban. Ever watch Scooby-Do? You’ll be the hairy hermit guy.



Owl

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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374887
10/08/21 10:22 PM
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Get on a reality show, become a semi celebrity and market your goods directly to the public.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374898
10/08/21 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Yooper1978
So, how does a guy, in this day and age, make it fur trapping? Yes, fur prices are low but what does a person really “need”. If a job didn’t “get in the way”, could a person do it? Of course this is hypothetical. What are your thoughts? It wasnt that long ago, a person could do it!!


What do you mean by make it?

Since your question is pretty vague, I’d say everyone that traps makes it. Unless you fall through the ice and don’t come up!

Not many make a living off it.

I make a few grand each year trapping and consider myself making it! The life, man!


Cold as ice!
Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374934
10/09/21 12:22 AM
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Put in for that job in south dakota

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374950
10/09/21 04:26 AM
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An ugly wife that is easy to please that makes a 6 figure income would go a long way in being able to allow you to trap full time.

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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374954
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a great dream , now wake up and go to work , lol, I think one could live off the land , and trap in fall and winter , maybe get a job on fishing boat in summer, but you would have to NOT HAVE ANY BILL, which is hard in todays world ,

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374958
10/09/21 05:10 AM
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Not sure this is possible. The insurance would be almost impossible to cover. A friend of mine is recovering from cancer but still needs to take preventative medicines. His medicine bill alone is currently $60,000 a year. He is only 54.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374979
10/09/21 06:05 AM
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pickin empty cans up off the roadside would prob earn you a higher rate per hour with that 10 cent deposit up there! lol

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7374993
10/09/21 06:35 AM
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Good luck.


Money cannot buy you happiness, but it can buy you a trapping license and that's pretty close.
Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375003
10/09/21 06:57 AM
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I really believe you could , everybody else has quit there jobs and seem to be doing alright these days ,and there not even trapping ,fur would just be extra income to them.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375017
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Why not get a job that doesn't get in the way?
Get a job in concrete construction, roofing, home building, road construction, landscaping, self employed
Make 60-100k working from April through November, then trap, hunt and ice fish
Or find a job that has hours that allows you to trap, manufacturing jobs often start at 5-6am and finish at 1:30-2:30. Usually enough time after the shift to check traps in the daylight.
Just a thought

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375020
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You have to find a market for every part of the animals your trapping.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375039
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To become a millionaire trapping you need to start out a multi millionaire then in 10-20 years you will be a millionaire.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375046
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Catch yourself a couple hundred pounds of castor, turn it into lure and market it in 1 ounce bottles. Sell the skulls and hides to help pay the chiropractor bills.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: backroadsarcher] #7375060
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Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
You have to find a market for every part of the animals your trapping.

This and find seasonal work if or until u can make it trapping. With a family a fur check alone would be difficult, no 40 hour weeks. Moore like 40 hours of rest a week. Live close to the bone and raise you're oun food eat what u trap. I've done it in a high market and low market. Only as a singe man. Lean to live with little and a good work ethic. Most important all things are posable with God.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375064
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Is it possible in the right area for a couple months? No doubt. But it would require some careful planning.

I hate to tell anyone that thier dream is impossible.
But it sure ain't going to be easy.


Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.
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