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Doing a Trapping Demonstration #7606474
06/16/22 04:28 PM
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Got called on Sunday afternoon from one of the youngmen from church asking if I would teach the all the youngmen about trapping Thursday (today). I'm looking for suggestions. Below is what my outline is so far. Keep in mind I mainly trap Grey Fox, Coyotes, and Bobcats so that's what my focus is on.

- Basic need for trapping
- Trapping tools of the trade (of course this includes putting my hand in a trap)
- Basic local laws
- K9 vs Feline behavior (includes showing the difference in skulls to show eye size vs nose cavity size)
- Set making (based on species behavior)
- Fur handling tools of the trade
- Putting up fur
- Showing them tanned fur

I only have about an hour. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


If traps work like the Antis say......I would have no fingers.


Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606477
06/16/22 04:30 PM
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Keep it simple. Donít overwhelm them, hopefully it will inspire them to start trapping

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: Tooltime] #7606480
06/16/22 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Tooltime
Keep it simple. Donít overwhelm them, hopefully it will inspire them to start trapping


I did this about 10 years ago and one of the older kids asked to ride along and ended up running his own line for a season. Then we teamed up and started trapping together for about 5 seasons before kids and work on both sides started making lining our schedules up difficult. He's turned into a really good trapper and is one of my closest friends.

I find is pretty amazing how drawn to hunting/trapping/fishing younger people are. I figured growing up in a small town is why everyone I knew was into those 3 to some extent, but then coming to the city I realized its a natural instinct everyone has.

Last edited by cat_trapper_nv; 06/16/22 04:35 PM. Reason: I'm a idiot and never proof read, then read my post and see my mistakes and it takes twice as long to fix as it would have if I just proof read it.

If traps work like the Antis say......I would have no fingers.


Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606488
06/16/22 04:44 PM
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Definitely bring the fur. Its always a hit at any event I go to.

With the amount of time you have, I would focus more on what traps are and what they are not. The history of traps and how the modern traps are nothing like what is depicted in the movies. Why trapping is important today.

If you've got some good stories, use those. Encourage questions. Its more productive to get questions, if you make it a straight lecture, eyes will glaze over and snoring ensues. Its more fun for you too with questions.

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Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606496
06/16/22 04:51 PM
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Great stuff cat trapper! Talk about trappers ed. If possible bring some lures along. I canít tell you the interest I had from my trappers Ed kids when I passed around the attractors. They loved it.
Good luck.

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606518
06/16/22 05:21 PM
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Looks like you have plenty of material to work with and that hour will go by fast!


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Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606527
06/16/22 05:30 PM
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I'd say you got it well covered.
I think it will be a hit.


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Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606529
06/16/22 05:31 PM
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Cat trapper, looks like a good list. Make sure to drive home the importance of ethics and perception as a "public service announcement" for trapping in general. I do a lot of demos at our events and one thing that folks really seem to key in on is trapline management...how to successfully run a line for a whole season year after year kinda thing. Logistics, access, preparation, time management, etc. I find those topics most useful when talking to other experienced trappers as well.

Oh, leave lots of time for questions!

Good luck and have fun!

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606621
06/16/22 08:23 PM
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Why do you have to put your hand in a trap???? I see no reason for that.......jk


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Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606630
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Putting your hand in the trap is the easy part.
Chewing off your fingers to get out is worse.


Forget that fear of gravity-get a little savagery in your life.
Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606631
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Educational. Takes the fear of the trap away

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606705
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After the catch, unintended catch, release, short videos, etc could be included if time allows. A second hour and field trip may be in your future.

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606712
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Brother, I like to include breeding habits, litter size, effects of drought, teach part of the demo with that trap on your hand, teach about release of kits and breeders, renewable resource facts, and what happens if we do not trap.


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Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606926
06/17/22 09:20 AM
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Cat trapper how did the demo go? Anyone show interest in trapping?

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606938
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I n order to get the kids involved ask the kids questions .What you want to achieve is having a conversation with those that are there You don't want it to be a lecture Once you get that conversation going that hour time limit will go by before you know it. SAnd if something comes up that you do not have the answer to it is OK to say I do not know .

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7606954
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hour talking = water bottle for throat sourness

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: Tooltime] #7606975
06/17/22 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Tooltime
Cat trapper how did the demo go? Anyone show interest in trapping?


It went good. Some of the boy's didn't seem to excited about it and were grossed out when I first started sending fur around (city kids), but after a few pelts they started holding them longer and got a little more interested. I told then that if any of them want to ride along I'm more than willing. That seemed to hit the leaders more because they all came up to me to find out what time of the season is best so they can come. Hopefully I sparked an interest in some of the boys, or if anything, helped them understand the truth about trappers and trapping.

Thanks for all the words of advice


If traps work like the Antis say......I would have no fingers.


Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7607050
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Cat trapper thank you for taking the time to do the demo.

Re: Doing a Trapping Demonstration [Re: cat_trapper_nv] #7607076
06/17/22 02:01 PM
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Nice to hear you had such positive results for your efforts. A little bit of positive information can go a long way into changing someone's mind.


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