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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375076
10/09/21 08:47 AM
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You could take live animals to restaurants and shout out “ if you don’t feed me for free, I am releasing these animals inside”.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: charles] #7375082
10/09/21 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by charles
You could take live animals to restaurants and shout out “ if you don’t feed me for free, I am releasing these animals inside”.

Is u eat at restraints much it would probably be dumpster quazine.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: nh toe pincher] #7375091
10/09/21 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by nh toe pincher
pickin empty cans up off the roadside would prob earn you a higher rate per hour with that 10 cent deposit up there! lol

Great idea.


wanna be goat farmer.
Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375095
10/09/21 09:09 AM
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You could strip copper wire in the off season.


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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Pike River] #7375102
10/09/21 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Pike River
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.


^ this^

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: SpottedOwl] #7375121
10/09/21 10:09 AM
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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

Hey I resemble that hairy hermit guy.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375139
10/09/21 10:59 AM
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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!!


sadly those days are long gone, died with the market crash

Find a job which allows you time and $ to pursue your real passions. Thats the secret IMO. Some good advice above

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: deerfly] #7375140
10/09/21 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by deerfly
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


this!

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375145
10/09/21 11:11 AM
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Ask SteelTraps what it takes. He's doing it!


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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375155
10/09/21 11:19 AM
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Of course you can use trapping as an income source to support your lifestyle.
Whether you meet your fiscal needs by selling fur of course depends on that lifestyle.
Trapping is still an important cash producer to people who live a subsistence lifestyle.

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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375164
10/09/21 11:31 AM
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Only way you could do it is if you….
1….Trap in Alaska were there is fur bearing animals that still sale for good money. Wolf , wolverine
, lynx , Marten. Then do other things in the off season
2…. In the lower 48 states trap in Utah or Nevada or maybe North Dakota were high population of coyote and bobcats. You would have to catch 1000 coyotes that average 50.00 each to make it. Or maybe 500 and do other work in off season.
3…. Trap during the season in examples 1 and 2 then pick up and move to a state were you could do predator control work for a state and area that you would not be trapping during the fur season.
4…. Government trapper all year long and be able to keep furs and all byproducts from the animals you catch 12 months out of the year.
Just my thoughts. MD

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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375185
10/09/21 12:00 PM
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Go for it. If you wait for the right time. It will never be the right time. The right time is the present. You will get an education. But the harder you try the better you will understand. Income can be derived from anything. The secret is finding the opportunity

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375188
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If I was on my own I could easily live on $10,000 a year.
I could make that pretty easy from fur alone,including the added value.
I would have to give up a lot of my "stuff" and my current home to do it.

The current buisness buzzword for that is "Downsizing".

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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375523
10/09/21 09:55 PM
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A Job gets in the way of enjoying Life.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375607
10/09/21 11:24 PM
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Western cats and fuel efficient transportation like Subaru Brat. 130 cats would gross you 35,000 you could live fairly well in some of the tiny western towns for that. Work 330 days a year scouting bait making equipment maintenance laying out your line just like a regular job. Be a lot harder than when Mel Hershburg and Ray Milligan did it with Arizona out of the picture on public land. But they weren’t settling for $35,000, closer to $65,000. Same price cats though 3~325. 300 miles with moving the line every 2~3 weeks never ending burn&turn till seasons end then to the sales rest up through March then start all over again.


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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375871
10/10/21 11:20 AM
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Unless you got a nuisance job on one of the big ranches out west or in TX it would be tough. Unless you can get a state job doing kt

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375932
10/10/21 01:27 PM
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I think people forget there is a big difference between making money and making a living! You can make some decent cash fur trapping if do some marketing ECT. But fur season just isn't long enough. I do very well but most years but it's pretty hard to do any kinda marketing if you have to sell what your catching to eat. If you study the fur trade a bit I'm gonna tell you nobody all the way back to the mountain men made a living over a lifetime on only fur! Maybe for a few years but not over a lifetime. I'm very passionate about this because trapping is a large part of my income every year. I have heard everyone all my life say it can't be done but it can! But not just on fur. You need a business or job that will work with your trapping, and you have to make the decision you want to trap instead of doing something else. There are a ton of avenue to take. No two people will be the same. The best way to start is first figure out your living expenses. If you never have been self employed you better get an accountant and remember insurance and some kind of retirement. I could talk about this all day long. Lol I don't make my living trapping I'm rancher but a large part of my living expenses come from trapping every year it also allows me to justify equipment like 4 wheeler 3/4 picks ect.. I need them for my day job so the extra milage and depreciation isn't to bad to use them trapping.

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375946
10/10/21 02:02 PM
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Lot of variables here,fur or nuisance trapping,or both?What's your current financial status?Do you have a family or are you single?If your married,is your wife part of this?What's your standard of living?Are you willing to move to a different state?Do you expect your trapping to pay your bills for 2 months,6 months or 12?


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Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7375997
10/10/21 03:25 PM
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Only way make any kind living trapping is nusiance trapping, not easy job an u be lucky make live from it, trap fur for hobby is what is to me

Re: Quit my job and am going to trap [Re: Yooper1978] #7378330
10/13/21 02:57 PM
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Change your name to Tom Orr

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