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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2014, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Waning Interest Already!

Remember in October when all the guys were coming out of the woodwork who wanted to start trapping? Well, there is a great opportunity for all of the new guys as well as the grizzled veterans to attend the PGC's Pennsylvania Successful Furtaking at the Indiana Fox and Coon Club on Saturday April 5, 2014 stating at 7:30 AM.

I was shocked to see that 34 of the 40 seats still remain! Did everybody lose interest in trapping already? Well, after a long winter and crashing fur prices will do that.

Here is a link for the event.

http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/44332

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2014, 12:32 AM
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Did everybody lose interest in trapping already? Well, after a long winter and crashing fur prices will do that.
Look at the total number of posts on this forum over the past week or so. It's like somebody threw a switch.

Normally this forum goes fairly strong until just before trout/turkey season. Then we go into a hibernation for several months.

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Re: Waning Interest Already!

This time of the year, trapping is the on the back burner. I just put all my trapping stuff away.

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Re: Waning Interest Already!

Thought I'd see more posts on beavers, streams are melted plenty.

16/17 Goal-Totals
reds-20-10
grey-2-1
yotes-5-2
coon-12-9
bobcat-1
fisher-1-1
Otter-1
Beaver 3
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Re: Waning Interest Already!

I'm gonna try to get some beav sets out on the river tomorrow, now that its down near normal. Now if the ice comes off a few ponds my five in the next 12 days shouldn be too hard!!

16-17 numbers
fox 0
coons 8
coyotes 1
mink 0
muskrat 0
beaver 0
opossum 1
skunk 1
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Shop activity this month shipped one package, inventory, making stuff getting ready for June,and doing awahaaa.

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Still runnin my 2 beaver traps- pretty flippin lame if ya ask me caught 9 so far! It does help with the withdrawal from fox season tho!
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Found just the opposite of what i thought i would!!! Ice piled 10ft deep on the river bank. Ponds may be open enough in the next day or so though!!

16-17 numbers
fox 0
coons 8
coyotes 1
mink 0
muskrat 0
beaver 0
opossum 1
skunk 1
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all the people found out how hard it is to be a good K9 trapper. i am in my third season of trapping and still havent done anything impressive. I am doing a lot the wrong way and learning. I didnt have nearly the time i thought i would running sets this year. With a 1 1/2 old and working an hour a half from home i ran two small lines this year. the first was ran with my old way of trapping which didnt work well at all and after some research and ideas of what i was doing wrong i ran another small line and all i did was check frozen traps. all and all i have my traps set for about 15 days this season and caught 5 coon, a skunk, and two opposum. I would like to say i will get more time next year but my wife is due to have our second child at the begining of Aug so i know trapping might not happen at all next year.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2014, 08:36 PM
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all the people found out how hard it is to be a good K9 trapper.
I have never found foxes overly hard to trap providing I made sets where they were currently running. That is keeping my gear in the truck, getting out afield and getting my boots wet to see for myself.

Too often beginning trappers have to take what they can get. That is they get permission to trap a piece of property and that's where they put their best efforts. Too often there's few or no foxes running that property.

My advice is look for fresh droppings and fresh tracks. Don't worry about setting 40 or 50 sets. Make 5 or 6 where the sign is hot and sharpen your skinning knife.

When a location goes dead, don't waste anymore time there. Pull your traps and go looking for a new hot location.

When securing permission, get permission to trap 3 times the locations you think you could possible trap. Then go out and double that.

Many times the only difference between a big numbers trapper and the average joe is only the amount of time the big number's man pours into it and the large blocks of land he has permission to trap.

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