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Thinking for a few years now of heading to a different state and try for animals I can't catch here;otter,marten,cats.What states seem to be the most trapper friendly for gaining access.This isn't really a money venture but just a trip for some fun.What problems should I be aware of ahead of time.Some of you guys must have done it and I was hoping you could prepare me problems I could run into.Was thinking maybe Nebraska for the trip or wyoming,but a waterline in the south would be cool too,and mix in a land line
 

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I hunted southern Iowa for their muzzleloader season for a week and ran a small line for some coyotes. The ground is awesome to work with, I put some of my hunting clothes in a trash bag for the ride home and filled my tote with some good dirt to bring back to pa
 

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The three big things to have 'BEFORE' you go:

1.A warm place to stay.fix meals and get a shower once in a while

2. A place out of the weather to skin and hang your furs.You can take a freezer along and rough skin but more hassle.( It's a booger trying to skin off a shower rod over the bath tub in a motel!Coon carcases in the tub scare the bejeepers out of the maid when she comes to clean the room. )
3. Getting permission for enough land before you want to start trapping.
Most guys that do an out of state trip are limited by the time they can spend.If you don't have the above things lined up before you go,you use up a lot of valuable time wondering around when you could have been trapping. I know it's expensive to make two trips but you will have a much better time(at least the first time you do it)if you get the basics out of the way,it will be a lot less stressfull.
 

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Thanks Rups.I was planning on finding good chunks of public ground to get a line out and then start knocking for permission as I go along.Sounds like you've done a few trips
 

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Rups has sound advice above. The biggie is having a good place to stay, skin, etc. Don't forget about a place to dispose of carcasses also. Plan on having enough time, a week for a hunting trip works, but it's not long enough for most trapping trips.There's a learning curve anywhere, if you head north, west, or south. We haul chest freezers with us to freeze fur until we come home. Think of the worst the weather can do to you and then figure You are going to get some of that ! Oh and take an extra everything, If you do it enough, things do go wrong. Flat tires, trailer bearings, freezer failure, tornadoes are some things that come to mind. You can't stop things from happening, but if you're prepared, they aren't bad.

Oh, and when you get back you'll be tired and sore if you did it right, but you'll say you had the time of your life
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It was mentioned above that they were going to scout public ground.Don't base your trip on a lot of public grounds.If you are from Pa. you get used to having a lot of public property to hunt or trap. A lot of other states don't have the public property we have.Even if they have the public property it isn't as accessable as here.A lot of guys have gone on hunting trips and were disapointed when either they couldn't get to the public ground across private property or if they did get to the little bit of public property it was so crowded they had a lot of company while they were there.Home work 'BEFORE' the trip is essential to a successful adventure.
 

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I keep thinking of things as I read over this post. Make sure you either send for or get on the computer and get one of the states hunting and trapping manuals.A lot of states have regulations that differ quite a bit from ours.Some states are more lax and some have a lot more restrictive.Some states you have to buy a hunting license before you can buy a trapping license.It is best to make some kind of contact with the Game and Fish agency of the state you are going to.It is best to really understand their laws before you go.It is best to stay on the good side of the Conservation officers or Game Wardens in other states. They don't play.Some of them have more authority than the State Troopers have. They will slap the cuffs on you ,haul your butt to jail right now.Talk about a way to spoil a trip.
I'm not trying to throw a lot of negatatives your way,just trying to give you some of the things that my experience has put my way.
 

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I live fairly close to Maryland and West Virginia and thought about trapping in one or both states. Foxtrapper woman told me a while ago that you have to take a trapping coarse in Maryland if you want to trap there, whether you have a valid PA trapping license or not. West Virginia however is much more easy. Just the added expense of the license. A dream trapping trip would be to the western states such as the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness in Montana. But, I'll start small like a spring turkey hunt I have planned for WV this spring and start from there.
 

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I would love to go to NJ for rats but couldn't afford new tires for my truck every day.
 

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I've been on alot of diy hunting trips out west for elk/muleys/antelope.I know what you mean about access to public ground.I'm looking into Nebraska or maybe Montana for a trip.I have some help in Mt. to gain access to private ranches.I'm use to doing alot of homework for my hunting trips.I can say, that game wardens are very helpful in all the states I've been to hunting.Not sure how they are with trappers,but I will be sure to know the laws.Actually, was thinking of adding a trapline to one of my hunting trips,and just stay longer then usual.Dumping the carcasses will be something I have to look into.I think i'd be able to handle the fur and get it on strechers every night.Some very useful imfo though and I appreciate it.If anyones interested in an out of state trip, please pm me as a partner would probably be useful and a big help with the drive out
A southern line would also be a consideration,but my work always seems to get busy in late winter when their fur is best
 

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i trapped new jersey for about 2-3 seasons a while back along the delware bay in the wildlife management areas for muskrat,mink,coon & red fox...used stainless steel 110"s & colony traps for rats and mink...used snares for red fox and coon....lots of muskrats there caught 200 1 season....some mink...lots of coon and fox
 

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I decided with the price of fur that I'd buy my nj nr license and trap nj again this year.

it has been well worth it,knocked the snot out of coons.
 
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