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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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what do i need?

hello, i want to get into trapping next season. i was wondering if someone could put together a basic list of what tools,supplies,number and kind of traps,and what sets a beginner should start with. i would like to trap fox coon and coyote if this makes a difference. again the basics you need to start. thanks guys!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 06:49 PM
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Re: what do i need?

How much money do you want to spend?Are you laid off in the winter and have lots of time and ground to trap or are you going to trap just a farm or two for a couple weeks?Are you going to skin and freeze your hides or put them up?
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attend the pa trappers events in your area over the summer.

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I would suggest you start with a book. Possibly your local library can help you. You can also do a google search for trapping books.

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Some of the stuff you probaly have at home in your garage or shed. Get a hand shovel,dirt sifter,some lures and bait. Get a few foothold traps. Get as many as you can buy,because once you catch something you'll be addicted and in my opinion you can never have too many traps. On the trapping forum there are some sets "stickied" to the top of the forum. If you have some more questions join trapperman.com they are a trapping based forum and have an archive of what beginners need and sets and anything else you could ever think of.

anything you need is there.
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I've been trapping since I was 13 in 1979. (dated myself there) It seems like you never have enough stuff. Just start out small and buy books and videos to help you.

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Re: what do i need?

thanks guys. i was layed off since october this is the year i should have started. i was thinking starting with like 2 dozen traps. i dont plan on skinning and all, at least not at first. thanks for the responses
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Re: what do i need?

Figure out what critter/s you want to trap and then buy some books on those critters. Most books will give you a good idea of what you'll need. I would suggest getting a couple of catalogs from different dealers and then you'll get an idea of prices. Minnesota Trapline Products, FNT,Cumberland;s Northwest trapping supply all have free catalogs.

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Dirt Sifter, Hammer (for driving stakes) I have a "groundhog" it's 3 tools in one, Packbasket, TRAPS, TRAPS AND SOME MORE TRAPS, Lures for specific animal, trap tags.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 12:13 PM
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You have the desire, just put your boots to it.
Go track some k9s' and learn from them, some of what the books don't tell you. Books are great, boots are better. Become an animal sign junkie and catch what you want.
Study set dynamics with someone who knows them well.

Learn to skin or find a skinner. You will receive more for your work with finished skins most times.

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I Could not have said it better, Kip. Energy, desire and patientce kill my yotes.

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