Re: Are traps expensive?
For me for a Hobby I'd say 6 DP's ($76) 6 duckbill stakes ($10) 6 cubby's with Bridger 160's ($108) wood for cubby's (free) 2 cage traps (free) and 12 Bridger 1.5 Specials on drowners ($79) and my 12 drowner cost me ($12.95.)
Skinning fleshing, and stretching tools and supplies maybe $150. So we are taking $335.95 for the entire season. I don't include gas as my trapping is so close It does'nt even matter.That's 26 traps out the whole season, is 16 or 17 weeks? Lets go with 16... that's $20.99 a week, $2.99 a day.
I've had to justify starting up trapping again to the boss (WIFE). Hit the coons hard and they will pay for the rest of it.
Now obviously I can not take into account weather, and temps, and lack of critters on my areas. But I'm lineing up several lines to keep running all season. I've done the math with beavers and will do the math with rats and mink as well as fox and coyotes just to keep myself inline.
Just remember traps don't make you any money when they are sitting in the garage. I start work at 4AM so I don't check til the afternoon. All my coon, rat,mink,and beaver traps will be drowner/kill traps. My K-9 will just be small and run on weekends unless I can make some sets that will drown.