Re: Trappers by the Numbers
Iím with you mouser and OldMink youíre both spot on in my book. I can remember going to a PTA show years ago and Paul and the crew had trapperman.com hats and shirts on and my buddy said whatís that? I said, I have no ideaÖ
The instant fame and learning curve provided by the internet, the money involved in marketing of things like trapping videos, lures ect.., and the mystique applied to it all by the internet and T.V. shows has been a game changer.
Everything has changed and will never be the same again, ice fishing, trapping steelhead fishing, archery, predator hunting, and turkey hunting just to name a few things. That have just blew up and took off like a rocket. Now people just Google it, read a couple threads, develop an opinion from them, and think they have a vast understanding and skill set of how this or that works or is to be done. They are masters of a craft. Iím not saying itís good or bad, it just is.
There are definitely more trapper/fur takers out there now days. A larger portion of that stems from all the hype of predator hunting and how PA handleís bobcat and fisher permits too. But the numbers of those who trap are definitely on the rise as well. The more I trap the more people I see doing it. Where I drop my furs off to ship to NAFA, he said he has 400 new clients shipping this season alone. Now a portion of that is due to the rise of last seasonís prices.
I personally feel the time, commitment, work involved, will decrease the numbers who actually fur trap over the years. Predator hunting probably not, I think that will continue to rise.