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Trapper & Predator Caller

November 2021

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.

United States
Media 360 LLC
10 Issues

in this issue

3 min
t-shirt shock

I was in the tire shop’s waiting area, thumbing through an old magazine, when the wizened old lady coming in the door stopped like she’d been hit in the face with a mop. “Well! I never!” she said, and gave me a look that could have curdled milk. Then she scurried out the door, a lot faster than you’d think an old lady could have moved. I couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong. Did I have dog doo on my shoe? I checked: nope. Was it b.o.? Aft er all, I’d been running late and had left in a hurry that morning. Maybe I’d forgotten to be Sure. I was surreptitiously sniffing my armpits when I noticed my black T-shirt carried a message. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Many…

2 min
solve your porcupine predicament

Porcupines do not intend to cause problems for people, but sometimes they just can’t help it. The very thought of encountering their quills is enough for most people to have little contact with these oversized rodents. And it is not just humans that should be cautious around porcupines. Plenty of hunting dogs and other domestic animals have come home with a face full of quills, which adds up to a whole lot of pain for the animal, and pain for the owner when the vet bill arrives. A porcupine will den in any area that it feels is secure, which includes the underside of decks, sheds, garages and other outbuildings. But the need to eat is really what gets most porcupines in trouble. A telltale sign that you have problems is…

3 min
muskrats on an angle

I’m at the edge of a cattail marsh. There is a boat launch where duck hunters have cleared out the trees and brush. My partner and I use it to launch our boat, too. They cut down a tree with a stump about the size of a milk jug. Rather than cut it off flat, they cut it off at an angle. There are some beavers out there somewhere, and they have been steadily raising the depth of this marsh for several years. But I’m aft er muskrats. That stump is now old and blackened, and just the tip of it is sticking out of the water. And right on the tip of that stump, is a pile of muskrat droppings. I enjoy trapping muskrats, period, but there is something about trapping…

3 min
the cool kids’ table

It may surprise some to learn that I’ve never been into crowds, or attention, for that matter. In fact, a primary adult goal in life has merely been to create my world so I’m simply left alone to do my thing. Writing, shows, the seminars I used to give, well, they’re all merely a means to an end, to have the opportunities to have experiences I’d never have otherwise had, if I remained hiding in the corner. Today, let’s talk about the true power and learning experiences that can actually happen in crowds of others. Specifically, let’s discuss the potential payoff of attending annual trapping conventions, typically put on by the state or province trapping associations and groups. EQUIPMENT Right out of the gate, assuming it’s at least a marginally decent event, most…

5 min
muskrats, coyotes and castor lead the market into november

October is the last month before everyone starts heading out to the fields and woods to set traps and harvest furbearers. October is prime time for anticipation — permissions have been acquired, traps are treated and ready to roll, and most of us are thinking about trapping on a daily (hourly?) basis. The cold morning air reminds us that animals will soon prime up and yes, we are lucky to be able to experience yet another trapping season. I always like that just-before-preseason feeling, when in your mind at least, all the places you found and scouted will be top producers. We know from experience that reality may change that, but anticipation is definitely a sweet feeling. Then November arrives — action time. Every night from now on is going to…

4 min
catching cattle killers on the trapline with tom beaudette

Who, what, when, where, how and why, are the questions that a trapper needs to ask when helping out with livestock being killed. The more questions that are asked will help the trapper figure out a strategy for helping and ending the depredation. I never went in cold on a depredation trapline. If I could only ask one question, it would be, “Have any other trappers or coyote callers been on your ranch?” If the answer was yes, I would ask who it was and did they trap or just call coyotes. These types of questions might seem a little forward, but I figure if I’m the one with boots on the ground, I will have to have those questions answered. If the answer is no, and no other hunter or trapper has…