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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Middletown, Pa.
Re: mink/rat season?
Facts notwithstanding, years back a Pa. Game Commission member told me they liked the muskrat season to open on or around Thanksgiving Day to give kids an equal chance to set traps opening day when they would be off from school. They also liked it to run past the New Year to again allow kids a nice block of time to trap when they didn't have to juggle their trapping operations with school. You have to remember in those days all trappers, and I mean all trappers, began by trapping muskrats. Forty years ago starting trapping by trapping fox was completely unheard of. Anyway, back to the muskrats, since mink trapping is so closely aligned with muskrat season, both seasons were combined.
Don't shoot the messenger or mix in facts. That was the thinking of the Board of Commissioners back in the day.
In case anybody here doesn't know, Game Commission members are sportsmen from around the state who are appointed to the Commission by the Governor. They have no special qualifications except to say they are all well heeled politically and have friends in the right places to recommend them to the Governor. The Executive Director, Chief of Law Enforcement and all that brass on Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg serve the Commissioners.
Understanding how things work is half the battle.
I trap mink because I don't know any better