"How in the world am I supposed to carry these live snapping turtles to my truck?" I asked myself. Ya see, this will be my first season trapping turtles. I have some great spots in mind but a good number of them would require me to hike in a good distance. I don't want to kill the turtles on site because I'd like to purge them out in clean water for a few days before slaughtering them.
Here's what I came up with. It's fairly simple and it's basically a trapper's basket/backpack. I'm not a trapper so I'm not familiar with the terminology. I purchased an external backpack frame from Ebay and a 20 gallon galvanized trash can from the local hardware store. I riveted the frame to the can with stainless 3/16" rivets. (Good Lord are strong hands ever required for these.) We'll see how it holds up. I am contemplating running a ratchet strap around the can and onto the frame for a little more support.