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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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I was interested in possibly getting into trapping. What are some tips or recommendations that you guys would have for a guy just starting out?

Also, how does the auction process woek for selling fur?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 05:58 PM
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What are some tips or recommendations that you guys would have for a guy just starting out?
Books. Books on the specie of animals you wish to trap. These can be bought from trapping supply dealer's website. I will send you a PM with a link to a site that offers quality products at affordable prices. Some guys learn better from watching, so there are videos available.

Another suggestion would be to arrange a visit with an experienced trapper and pick his brain.

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Keep an eye on the events page for the Pa. Trapper's Assoc. and look under trapper's schools in your area. They are either free or minimal expense and you can shorten your learning curve in a hurry. There will be demo's every hour during the PTA/ FTA convention in June, Washington, Pa.
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Re: getting started

Youtube videos are great too. You have to be careful to make sure the methods used in any given video are legal for PA, and obviously not everything someone else does is something that will work for you, but it's a great way to get ideas.

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Re: getting started

Like everyone else said, books and videos. There were a lot of new trappers out there this year and it sounded like some were getting frustrated due to the lack of success.

My advice is to start with something easy like raccoon. They are fairly easy to catch but not the easiest to process (skinning and fleshing). Back in the day, everybody started out on muskrat but they are not the easiest to find anymore unless you live in a prime area that has a lot of muskrat.

As far as the auction process, there are different ways to go but first concentrate on catching and fur handling. once you get that far then that's when you start the different ideas of where to sell.

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