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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865825
05/15/23 04:51 AM
05/15/23 04:51 AM
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Northern Illinois
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Northern Illinois
Iím not old yet, but Iím surprised no one talks about using a rotary hammer drill for driving in earth anchors

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865830
05/15/23 05:24 AM
05/15/23 05:24 AM
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Michigan
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Michigan
Slow down.
Use gang setting more and extended check times-This allows that and keeps the catch up.
In other words use experience to trap smarter not harder.
Big bonus to trapping smarter is lower expense over return as you will be checking far fewer empty traps.
The realization that I have NOTHING to prove to ANYONE, and I can have fun no matter how many sets I have out or how much I catch.
what boco and
Moosetrot said

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865833
05/15/23 05:36 AM
05/15/23 05:36 AM
Joined: Dec 2020
Posts: 1,284
Wisconsin
Scott__aR Online content
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Joined: Dec 2020
Posts: 1,284
Wisconsin
Yup, what Boco said, that and a walking stick ... sure helps with getting back up after making sets.


Megapredator ... top of the food chain!
Member of WTA
Member of MTPCA
Member of NTA
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865843
05/15/23 06:17 AM
05/15/23 06:17 AM
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Posts: 28,511
williamsburg ks
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Only engage in healthy endeavers. Eat a diet thats primarily meat. Beer is right up there with meat. Dont marry a woman thats never happy , tells you what to do, does not save money. A good wife is key to staying healthy. Mental attitude is 90% of health. Your going to wear out if your lucky enough to get old. (luck is a big part of being able to get old) You will slow down no matter what. Old rodeo cowboys take a few minutes to get out of bed. Grunt when they stand up, but ask one if he regrets it and every one I know says no regrets. So do what you love and dont look back.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865846
05/15/23 06:33 AM
05/15/23 06:33 AM

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I'm 65 headed to 66 and trap months on end, so while I have the experience I'll have to kindly get back to you in 15-20 years when I get old enough to answer this question with accuracy laugh

I would agree with my friend from Kansas on the engaging in healthy endeavors being the assist you might need to.... endeavor to persevere. In trapping and in life.
Many of my cousins about my same age are either deceased or so used up physically, mentally, and all ways to Sunday by a life of drinking too much, smoking every weed that's green, popping pills that sounded fun, that they can't trap period. Or do much but sit around and wait on the hearse all the while griping about this, that, and them.

Which reminds me, don't gripe. It'll suck the life outta ya. I'm a glass 7/8ths full kinda dude and it helps me not fret as everyone else seems to.
I've never touched a cigarette, haven't ever done elicit drugs as the law calls them, and drink a beer or two every now a then because I enjoy them.
And yep, marry a wife or husband who will not suck the health right outta ya.

Blessings,
Mark

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865909
05/15/23 08:10 AM
05/15/23 08:10 AM
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el vado, nm
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el vado, nm
I went to using lags to anchor traps and drags where they won't work. I found a lot of enjoyment in using game cameras, I get a real kick out of seeing an animal react to a smell i have developed. I find something to do every day, if it involves a trap or a gun it will be interesting, I got lucky and found a woman that would tolerate my obsession with traps,dogs and guns!

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: ] #7865916
05/15/23 08:25 AM
05/15/23 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark June
I'm 65 headed to 66 and trap months on end, so while I have the experience I'll have to kindly get back to you in 15-20 years when I get old enough to answer this question with accuracy laugh

I would agree with my friend from Kansas on the engaging in healthy endeavors being the assist you might need to.... endeavor to persevere. In trapping and in life.
Many of my cousins about my same age are either deceased or so used up physically, mentally, and all ways to Sunday by a life of drinking too much, smoking every weed that's green, popping pills that sounded fun, that they can't trap period. Or do much but sit around and wait on the hearse all the while griping about this, that, and them.

Which reminds me, don't gripe. It'll suck the life outta ya. I'm a glass 7/8ths full kinda dude and it helps me not fret as everyone else seems to.
I've never touched a cigarette, haven't ever done elicit drugs as the law calls them, and drink a beer or two every now a then because I enjoy them.
And yep, marry a wife or husband who will not suck the health right outta ya.

Blessings,
Mark

Mark when you hit that glass 7/8s Full mark you can't be any closer to perfection. Except when your cup overfloweth. Yes then you're there . grin
There's somthing to a happy wife is a happy life and living healthy, especially spirituality. wink

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865928
05/15/23 08:41 AM
05/15/23 08:41 AM
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Near Gardiner MT
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Near Gardiner MT
Take youngsters along to do the work. Passing along whatever knowledge we have to the next generation is always a good thing.


CBCS
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: yotetrapper30] #7866018
05/15/23 11:20 AM
05/15/23 11:20 AM
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Oregon
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Oregon
Originally Posted by yotetrapper30
I'm not all THAT old yet but the two things that make my trapline MUCH easier are conibear setting tongs and drags.

It will be a sad day for me that I have to order trap setting tongs for conibears...I find hand setting soooooo much easier.


My fear of moving stairs is escalating!
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: beaverpeeler] #7866033
05/15/23 11:50 AM
05/15/23 11:50 AM
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Central, SD
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Central, SD
Originally Posted by beaverpeeler
Originally Posted by yotetrapper30
I'm not all THAT old yet but the two things that make my trapline MUCH easier are conibear setting tongs and drags.

It will be a sad day for me that I have to order trap setting tongs for conibears...I find hand setting soooooo much easier.



That will bite you in the butt over time your joints can only take so much of that, at least my hands are not the best today.


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

Jerry Herbst
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866047
05/15/23 12:51 PM
05/15/23 12:51 PM
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Mesa,Washington.
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Mesa,Washington.
SNARE'S!!!, a properly made Dispatch snare and support system.
Skinning Machine.
Chest Freezer's
Waxed Dirt.
3/16 Quick Link's
Everything Must be Organized!!
Dependable Vehicle's.
Good Bait's & Lure's.
For me Land trapping is easier than Water trapping.
Walking with Hip Boots on in mucky water is hard work?

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866092
05/15/23 02:55 PM
05/15/23 02:55 PM
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wyoming southeast
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Just enjoy being out and trapping or hunting, its not a race and your not going to make a living at it especially these days.

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866106
05/15/23 03:16 PM
05/15/23 03:16 PM
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wisconsin
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wisconsin
When water trapping I would not be without my walking stick AKA Trappers hook. If I am trapping on land my truck is my biggest asset as I do not walk as far anymore. Having enough spots that I can drive pretty close to is probably the biggest convenience as I get older. And if you are ice trapping do not leave home without an ice chisel for testing the thickness. When I was younger it definitely kept me from taking numerous baths in the middle of winter and probably even saved me from drowning.


Walt legge
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866183
05/15/23 05:36 PM
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My Suzuki Eigers, with a winch.

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866184
05/15/23 05:38 PM
05/15/23 05:38 PM
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West Virginia
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West Virginia
I have a different take. Iíve never trapped from a vehicle or ATV in 57 years. All traplines were run on foot with a backpack. At 66 I get around as good as ever.
Use it or lose it is my motto.
Keeps me thin.
No smoking.
My thinking is not doing it the easy way saved my body.
According to my Iphone I walked 13.9 miles in the mountains turkey hunting in one day.
I walk everywhere I can

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866249
05/15/23 08:08 PM
05/15/23 08:08 PM
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Williamsport, Pa.
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Williamsport, Pa.
A happy fun to be with partner!!!!........jk especially if he is younger than me

Last edited by jk; 05/15/23 08:09 PM.

Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. Whats supposed to be ain't always is.
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866251
05/15/23 08:09 PM
05/15/23 08:09 PM
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Frazee, MN
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Frazee, MN
A atv. Never needed one when I was young, but sure helps now.

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866252
05/15/23 08:16 PM
05/15/23 08:16 PM
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WA/AZ/NE/IA
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WA/AZ/NE/IA
A ORV
A Marsh Rat duck boat
Patoto fork
330 setters
330 stabilizers, long and short
long chains


Today is a gift, that is why it is called the present
(rip my friend)
Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7866337
05/15/23 10:56 PM
05/15/23 10:56 PM
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Posts: 479
OH
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OH
Larger water areas- a boat to carry equipment. Smaller areas- jet sled

Land- better pre-scouting to only carry the necessary items. More snares where applicable. Lighter, faster and more consistent in all weather.
ATV or UTV if available- faster setting and checking with less effort.

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: chas3457] #7866356
05/16/23 01:09 AM
05/16/23 01:09 AM
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Idaho Falls, ID
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Idaho Falls, ID
Originally Posted by chas3457
Don't trap where you can't drive up to.'

Charlie


X2. Saves a lot of wear and tear on the body.

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