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Book idea #7940474
08/30/23 03:34 PM
08/30/23 03:34 PM
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So I've been rolling around this idea in my head......I only trap on my weekends. I work 4 day weeks, so i set on Thursday after work, and get in three checks before I pull, but I could do what I do now if I worked 5 day weeks, too. I've developed somewhat of a system in how I do it, as far as what types of sets I make, places I trap, realistic expectations about what I can catch as far as species and numbers, etc etc. Now, I have several books on trapping, all very helpful. And Ive seen several books about longlining trapping, and even have a book about trapping while working a full time job, but it's about checking before/after work. What I haven't seen, though, is a book about trapping on the weekends. So, I have an idea, about writing a book about being a weekend trapper.

I think one thing that holds some otherwise outdoors-loving people from trapping is the time commitment. Trapping in any form is a multiple day commitment. You can't trap for just one day, unlike hunting or fishing. So, I had this thought, that book about being able to trap on the weekends, I think it could help more folks get into trapping-folks that have thought about it, who aren't interested in making a big financial or time investment, but still want to expand their outdoors activities and catch a few critters. So what are everyone's thoughts-does this seem like a book worth writing? Would it be of value to the outdoors community?

Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7940533
08/30/23 05:14 PM
08/30/23 05:14 PM
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I would say yes.

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Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7940564
08/30/23 05:36 PM
08/30/23 05:36 PM
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Idaho / Virginia
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I would also say yes. I agree that the time commitment is what holds a lot of people back from trapping, especially in states where there are 24hr checks. Most of my trapping has been done in Idaho, which is a 72hr check, so I used to check on Saturdays and Sundays, to be within the trap check regs, and then check on Wednesdays. That was my standard for busy weeks. Seems a little odd to go back-to-back on Sat/Sun, but that was what kept me within the 72hr check regulation (Wed-Sat, Sun-Wed). When I had more time, it would be more like a 48hr check when possible. Now I'm in Virginia, trying to find a way to trap while balancing an even heavier work schedule, and around here it's a 24hr trap check unless you have completely submerged bodygrip traps, in which case it becomes 72hrs. So I'm thinking about running a 100% completely submerged bodygrip line until I have more time to check traps.

Your situation on three trap checks and pulling, re-setting and doing it all over again for the weekends, sounds like you're doing what you have to do, and I think a lot of people could benefit from how you're doing it. Are you completely pulling traps? Or are you simply springing footholds/conis and collapsing snares but keeping them in place until the following weekend when you reset?


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Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7940636
08/30/23 07:10 PM
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Wish I had a book like that right now. Iím actually in kinda the opposite situation. I work and have an apartment out of town so hopefully Iíll be checking traps for 4 or 5 times depend on the week. I have the opportunity to trap in two states at once so I think Iím going to put in the extra work for the experience. Plan is to run a dp coon line in one state and then a small coyote line in another. I work in the woods every day so Iíve got the coyotes pretty well figure out in this area and can focus on a few key locations with lots of sign. Going to have to skip a few locations that I normally would set.

My biggest problem, at least on the coyote line is that I will more then likely have to pull every week because Iím going to be on public ground and donít want to risk getting traps stolen to much.

Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7940716
08/30/23 08:09 PM
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To me, any time that you can enlighten folks on a way of doing something that they are unaware of warrants education. Keep us in the loop.


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Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7940738
08/30/23 08:32 PM
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Definitely go for it. Necessary info.

Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7942920
09/03/23 05:21 AM
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All for it but there are things to consider. I have been working on a book for over a year and a half. I am down to waiting on the artist to finish the cover then it is done. So here are my thoughts take them with a grain of salt. How big is your audience going to be? My book deals with finding fishing lures something all 30 million anglers in the US plus a host of other people would be interested in. Meanwhile there are 176,000 trappers. How many of them would buy the book? Is your system complicated enough to warrant a book or could it be covered in an article? Are you planning on self publishing or getting it published by an established house? I don't mean to discourage you but make sure you go in with your eyes wide open.


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Re: Book idea [Re: loosegoose] #7944601
09/05/23 01:12 PM
09/05/23 01:12 PM
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Smithsburg, MD
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As stated above, consider your audience. I am finding as I write my book I am going to keep it modest and manage my expectations as well. I am writing a piece on the Native Americans of Washington County, MD. MAYBE someone from Maryland will be interested.


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