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Trapper & Predator Caller

Trapper & Predator Caller

Summer 2021
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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.

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10 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
trapping for turkeys

A high percentage of trappers are also turkey hunters. I’m guilty. Last June, my friend Ron Jolly invited about a dozen veteran (okay, old) turkey hunters to a weekend get-together. Purpose: get reacquainted, eat good food, swap lies. And we did. Crawfish boil/fish fry/beer-and-lies-around-the-campfire — the whole redneck catastrophe. But we had serious discussions, too, with this consensus: things are not going well in turkeyland. The general trend nationwide (especially in the Southeast) is downward. Most turkey biologists agree that turkey numbers are substantially lower than a decade ago, down from 7 million to about 6 million. Following that meeting, we formed Turkeys For Tomorrow, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to turning this situation around. Check them out at www.turkeysfortomorrow.org, @turkeysfortomorrow on Facebook and Instagram, and @ForTurkeys on Twitter. Become a partner if…

3 min.
snatching snapping turtles

Snapping turtles are not often known to cause much damage to ponds and lakes, as far as infrastructure goes. And you will not see a huge decline in the fish population caused by snapping turtles. But, there are circumstances that call for the removal of these denizens of the deep. One of the most common complaints is that snapping turtles are dining on ducklings and goslings. Yes, this is how nature works sometimes. There is always one creature that preys on another. But, when the birds are introduced to the pond by the landowner, the owners tend to get a little annoyed at the turtles. Other times people are unsure of snapping turtles and just want them removed. Snappers have a bad reputation of biting and holding on, and some folks would…

4 min.
two-for-one ditch set

It’s unusual to get two critters with one trap. I’m standing in the drain from an old slough. During the rainy season, the slough fills with water and this drain provides an overflow. Through the heat of summer this ditch dries up and annually sprouts weeds and wild grasses right in the bottom of the ditch. Broken through those weeds is a very small, narrow trail. I’m thinking mink. I decided a long time ago that I would not trap mink on dry land in foothold traps. Fortunately for me, by the time I got tuned in to mink trapping, I had the #110 bodygrip at my disposal. That was a “killer” trap and was supposed to dispatch the animal. It didn’t always work with mink. In my early days of #110s, I…

3 min.
harnessing resources

Growing up, I had two dreams for a career. I was either going to play D for the Green Bay Packers or be a professional longline trapper. Well, never breaking 5’11” and running the 40 in a time too high for stopwatches to register ended the pro football dreams. With that being said, trapping remained a viable option all the way through college. With that, my thirst for knowledge of furbearers and trapping became nearly unquenchable. The more knowledge I was able to drink, the higher the knowledge reservoir would rise and yet I’d want to know even more, as those revelations almost always led to more and more questions. Frankly, one of the beauties of most outdoor passions is that one can’t and will truly never know it all, but…

5 min.
pros and cons of remaking sets on the trapline with tom beaudette

Incidental catches are bound to happen on any trapline. They can be welcome if the furbearer is something in demand on the fur market. They also can be a headache for the trapper if targeting a different, long-awaited target animal. Some fur trappers will move a set after an incidental catch depending on the animal caught. Other trappers will take advantage of the smells of the nontargeted animal at the set to attract another furbearer. I like to refer to any torn-up area where a furbearer is caught as a “hot pattern.” This is especially true when I think of coyotes. The term “hot” refers to the deposit of smells left by the caught animal. Depending on the animal, the term “hot” can mean it will produce some more fur, or…

5 min.
muskrat prices, the first sign of market recovery?

COVID-19 continues to be a worldwide concern and many industries, including our very own fur trade, have been greatly affected. Impacts have been felt at every level of the trade, from the closing of retail stores, slowing down of manufactures, inability of large fur buyers and brokers to travel overseas to purchase raw skins, and even in the fields and woods where some trappers were unable to access their traplines in certain areas because of COVID-19 lockdown measures. At the end of the 2020-2021 trapping season this past winter, there was little hope of a turnaround in prices. The steady decrease we saw after the record prices of 2013 seemed to be continuing down, and certainly, our trade is still battling some issues, and tough times are still ahead. With that being…