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Trapper & Predator Caller

Trapper & Predator Caller

November 2020

The ultimate guide for those who enjoy hunting and trapping, Trapper & Predator Caller covers the entire sport, from the most sophisticated devices to the simplest, time-tested techniques. Each issue contains news, in-depth features and how-to tips on trapping, the art of predator calling, and animal damage control. Contributors include the top names in the business. Regular columns and departments include "School Days," "The Market Report," "Furbearer Behavior," "Make This Set," "End of the Line," and news from state trapping associations nationwide.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 360 LLC
Frequency:
Monthly
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10 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
addressing the gorilla in the room

I was visiting with my old friend Gerald Schmitt of SEI the other day. Our conversation wasn’t very uplifting, but I’m afraid it was accurate unless there are some drastic changes in the near future. “Looks to me like our way of life is dying fast,” Gerald said. “You see the age of the trappers at the conventions. Lots of gray hair. I just don’t see the young guys like we were 45 years ago, young folks who thought about fur trapping almost nonstop, and looked up to the good older trappers, and tried to learn from them and follow in their footsteps.” Gerald was just getting warmed up. “We both know some very good trappers,” he continued. “I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say we’re not too…

3 min.
your raccoon removal plan

When it comes to animals, birds or reptiles causing problems for homeowners, raccoons have to be at the top of the list. They have been known to trash your garbage, pillage your garden and steal your pet’s food, or even take up residence in your attic. It seems like when one is removed, another is there to take its place. In some cases, that actually happens. Low fur prices are have helped the high numbers of raccoon complaints the last few years. With less people trapping and hunting them, there are many more ‘coons to go around. The good news is that raccoons are easy to catch and remove. Keeping them away can be more of a challenge, but it can be accomplished. The best way to remove raccoons is by trapping them.…

4 min.
sneaky pee set

I’m standing among the devastation that results from catching three critters in a 15-foot radius. I started out with two flat sets, and doubled on coyotes a few days ago. I did a remake on both of those sets. I always like to keep a fresh set when I’m coyote trapping, so I improvised a urine post set a few feet away from those catch circles. As if the gods were laughing at me, there was a goldarn ‘coon in that fresh set the very next day. It was raining and muddy as I remade that ‘coon-fouled set. I always turn my remakes into a food opportunity set, with either bait or food lure. Due to the conditions, I had to forgo putting in a clean, fresh set. A couple days later,…

4 min.
recent large auction reveals trends for the season

There’s no doubt about it, times are tough for everyone in the fur industry, and at this time every trapper is wondering what to expect for this fall. Of course, the cold temperatures that we feel in the mornings tell us that autumn is around the corner, and the next month will be geared toward getting the final details ready for the season. I treated my traps and snares in early August, but my fur shed is still a mess because it is used as an all-purpose fish processing house, ATV repair shop and even as a carpentry shed in the summer. Soon, I’ll have to clean it all up and get ready for fall. I am sure that most of us are thinking more and more about the season, and…

4 min.
managing predators for better deer hunting

It was a shocking sight. It’d taken the raccoons less than a month to flatten the 9-acre cornfield, and I do mean flatten. With input costs at $450 per acre, it’s not like I convinced the landowner client to plant 9 acres of corn for next to nothing. That level of an investment for feeding deer throughout the hunting season and winter is nothing to sneeze at, when the crop exceeds expectations and the deer are fat and happy. Paying that much to feed raccoons just isn’t a desirable outcome, anyway you look at it. As Trapper readers know all too painfully well, the bottomed-out fur market has taken away the ability to trap for many. As a result, furbearer numbers are out of control or nearing those levels in ever-expanding…

5 min.
the secret language of lures

Picking a lure out of the seemingly thousands of choices available for different furbearers can be downright confusing. The real secret in a scent for trapping a certain species of furbearer depends entirely on the animal’s nature and habits. For instance, all furbearers need to eat, but some species are more focused on eating than anything else. Raccoons, for instance, are especially susceptible to a bait or scent that is food related. All furbearers are interested in and respond to scents of their own kind. This is found particularly in urine deposits and gland secretions. Beavers are good examples because while they are attracted to food scents, they are also attracted to gland secretions from their own kind. The canines rely heavily on information from their urine and gland deposits. It’s because…