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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

I've never trapped before, and only really know one guy that does it. So forgive me if my question is remedial.

So the in the field pictures I've seen from trapping I think are really cool especially the ones with multiple animals so close together like a yote and fox, but I have a question...

I see people real close to the animals and in some actually touching them. Isn't this dangerous with a trapped/wounded wild animal?

I guess I always imagined (since I have thought about giving trapping a try) checking on my sets and then putting them down with a .22 from a further distance, like several yards at least.

Maybe I'm just a woos...lol...any info would be great...

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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

Kinda depends on the animal. I'd say coon are the most likely to take a chunk out of you if they can. Small coon, esp, often the big ones are not agressive. Red fox typically just try to get away from you.
Most of the people pictured probably have a lot of experience.
If you watch Wendt's video, for example, he even releases badgers bare handed, but has been at it long enough to know what he can get away with.
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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

You're not a wuss . . . just smart. I don't take any chances either. Getting bit by any wild animal can be detrimental to your health! . . . my .02.

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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

Ya mean like this?

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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

thats the way my partner and i do it. some guys save themselves a bullet and "crack" the critter on the head in one swift whack and is just as effective.

personally i dont agree with some of the things we see in the trapping forums such as getting as close to your catch so you can have a "neat picture" it has almost turned into a generic look to make sure the catch is ALIVE for the picture. i just made a comment about a guy who had his daughter actually hold the tail of the fox while caught in the trap(he used the word "wrangling") why wrangle a fox that has already been caught??? just so he could get a picture. i totally think this is showing how little respect for the animal a person sometimes has. pictures are one thing but making the animal more scared and terrified than it already has been for who knows how many hours is NOT cool by me. and im sure this post will spark a great deal of POed trappers.

i dont care actually. im a trapper like the rest of you and i dont film or photograph myself touching the critter while it's stuck and scared for it's life. i disbatch with a .22 and reset and move on. then i take a picture if i feel the need or want. some guys on this site have 20 pictures of themselves with the same stinkin thing. a red fox stuck in a trap and the trapper standing behind it smiling. if you want to take a picture do it THE SECOND you walk up and see you have a catch, snap, and disbatch. NOT ALL OF YOU do this.

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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

thank you for posting that pic. my point exactly. you look like you really respect those foxes right there coonduke.
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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter...

When you catch an animal there is a visibly defined area where you can see where they have been able to reach with their feet (catch circle if it is in the open). Animals have individual personalities and with experience you can pretty quickly decide whether the animal is aggressive or docile. I've had coyote I didn't like killing because it was like a pet dog and other large alpha males that just wanted a piece of me. Large boar coon can be gnarly but I have released young ones with nothing but a gloved hand with no reaction. The ones that put me on guard at close range are the large cats, they may appear non-aggressive but they are incredibly fast, a swipe at your face will put your heart up in your throat real quick.

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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter..

Here's an idea for you Snyd08. If you don't like pictures of trappers with live catches...don't look at them.

Eh...wot?
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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter..

What ever happened to " if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all ". To each there own, good photos guys...
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Re: Trapping Question from a Non-trapping Hunter..

I always like to show this picture of a gray fox when somebody talks about how terrified critters are as they await my arrival and ultimately their fate.
This little guy stood up, sniffed the air, and laid back down in the hay. I crawled right up to him on my belly and snapped the picture.


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