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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somerset County, PA
Couple of good points by catmando.
Trapping for fox, raccoon, coyote, possum and skunk run from the end of October until the end of February. That's 4 months of trapping that kids can learn on the line and raccoon, skunk and opossum are fairly easy to catch. I've taken my son and 3 of my nephews out on the line to learn first hand, let them set traps and experience the excitement of the catch. Out of those 4, my oldest and youngest nephew are the ones that caught the trapping bug but nowadays my oldest nephew has German Shorthairs and would rather bird hunt. My youngest nephew is still into it though.
Yes, the muskrat population is very depressed around my area. I mostly mink trap these days and even so I rarely catch an accidental muskrat. I don't believe it's trapping pressure that's hurting the rats, I think it's a combo of habitat and predators. In my area, most of the streams are rocky, fast moving water that are lined with trees. Not what you would call prime muskrat habitat.
The horizon is your starting point.