2016 trap line photos

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  1. okcaveman

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    I know there are a few on here who trap, let's see photos of your line and of some catches!

    I'm setting a few traps today. Won't be many but I have a few good locations so hopefully I'll have some critters in the next few days.
    A couple of coyote sets
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    Does anybody else run a trapline?

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    I don't but one of my students does and I went out a few times with him last year to set and check. It's really interesting stuff. Once I'm finished with grad school it's definitely something I'd like to check out more.
     
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    Nice pictures and that's a good looking yote! How was the hide blue still?

    Here's a few from this season
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    Grey fox from last month the hide was blue as can be.


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    And a beaver I snared. That's all the good pics from this season so far.
     
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    That's s pretty grey, they are interesting little buggers.

    So as not to derail due to childish responses, I will try to ask a certain way........ Do you ever consume the beaver meat from your catches? I've always found it hard to choose between having it off dinner or freezing it for bait.
     
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    Thanks, and yes I eat them on occasion or give them to someone that wants one. The hard part is getting the time to get them skinned out and gutted quickly. If they get caught through the week they get used for bait I wont eat them or give them away if they have been setting in my the fur shed all day guts in.
     
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    I love those greys! Haven't caught one yet this year.

    As far as blue, iv not started putting my fur up yet, plan to this year. In the past ive always sold green, so I truly do not know.

    Yep I eat beaver when I have the opportunity. Some mighty fine meat. I don't catch them often though. Where I'm located iv extremely limited access to them. I mostly trap on public lands for predators. Iv also eaten bobcat and found it not bad at all

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    I wish we could use body grips and snares here

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    I've got tons of pictures of me trying to be a trapper...i always struggled catching anything ...but not for lack of trying...lol...

    Picts above are of my boy & my dad.. we all enjoy getting out..
     
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    Can't remember a time in my life I wasn't hunting,fishing or trying to trap...
     

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    I just cut off the hind legs, tail with the last few inches of meaty spine, and the backstraps for table meat. Then save the casters et al, for lure. The rest of the carcass is bait.

    Hung from a tree, waist high off the ground, the carcass will draw in a lot of fur,,, Snares set in trails a distance from it will catch the fur quite nicely
     
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    That's a pile of greys! All from 1calling stand?
    Love that it's a family affair!

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    Thank you....
    Yes sir...all from 1 stand...lol

    My grandfather was a legend around here in the late 60's & 70's at calling fox.....I never got to hunt with him to learn how he done it...

    He was a muskrat & mink trapper & hunted foxes....
     
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    image.jpeg Once upon a time I was a fair hand at fox,,, I needed the money then, now it's just something to do in winter,,,

    These reds and greys were caught in about 3 weeks,,, in eastern Kentucky,,,

    'Coons, 'possums, and mink I just picked up in traps I set where my fox trap and snare line crossed sign along the water,,,
     
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    Need to call you the fox master....that's a heck of a haul...
     
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    I've caught 100's of fox, reds and greys,,, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and now Minnesota,,, they're an interesting creature,,, other than size and prey animals, the two species are very different.
     
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    We started seeing fewer red fox when coyotes came onto the scene...still see a few grays...they can climb trees & escape being killed by coyotes.
     
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    Up here wolves and mange keep the coyote population down,,, coyotes kill red fox, wolves kill coyotes but ignor the foxes,,,

    Coyotes compete with both the fox and the wolf, wolves and foxes don't compete
     
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    I can remember when there wasn't coyotes here in central ky...no shortage now...lol
     
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    That's more fox than iv seen in my life! I think 5 is the most iv caught in a year, all greys. Reds are scarce in my area. Coyotes and bobcats are my typical targets,but I am trying to secure some stream permission to run a water line this year.
    I wish both you guys were local! I'd love to be able to learn from yall

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    Can't catch what isn't there to catch,,,

    Most foxes I caught in the 70 day Kentucky season was 57 I think,,, of course tons of other stuff, but foxes and mink were my passion, and targets.
     
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    That's an impressive average! How many sets were you running , do you think?

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    With traps, never more than 3 dozen dirt hole sets, with snares it's different. A trap can call a fox in a little ways, and they'll work the set. With snares they are just following a trail, more or less. A fox will follow the trail, just out of the trail to sniff at something, then back into the trail further along. I don't set "a" snare, I set a "trail",,, maybe 3 snares, maybe a dozen on a main trail and its branches. Running 200 snares is way easier than keeping 3 dozen dirt sets in peak working order,,, lighter and cheaper too.

    If I were to set three dirt hole sets in a well traveled corner of a field, I might set 12 or 15 snares,,, multiple catches is the goal,,, a 'coon in one, a fox maybe, and maybe a coyote,,, set snares for the possible animals; higher loops, lower loop, larger or smaller loops,,,
     
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    That's why I would love to be able to use snares. Effective as well as lighter. I rarely run more that 10-12 foothold because it is so much work while still doing the full time job. Enjoyeable but I enjoy sleep too...

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    This guy made me happy this morning!

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    I ran a trap line for a year, about 20 years ago. I did quite well trapping coyote and bobcat. That year I caught 9 bobcats. The pelts went fo an average of $750 each. Coyotes went for $15-$30 each.

    It was very hard work in some unforgiving winter wilderness in Nevada. Too old to do it again.

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    That's impressive prices, as well as numbers if that was your first year doing it!
    Trapping is definitely a labor of love anymore, with prices as low as they are. Plenty of work, but very rewarding

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    Prices have always been of course connected to fashion, but also the value of the US dollar: a weak dollar means other countries can compete with US buyers and drive up prices, a strong US dollar means US little or no competition, and prices plummet,,, With some furs, fur farmers, (mink and fox), can drive down prices of wild furs. Trappers, from farm boys to furthest reaches of the "Silent Places", are connected to a high tech global financial market, though it's difficult to think of that when poking around a beaver lodge or muskrat push-up,,,
     
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    That is an awesome pic! Wow!
     
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    Keep em coming!

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    I want a red fox badly. I'd probably have it tanned

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    Snares are rough on coyotes...
     

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    Red in a crawl under...was set for a coyote...loop to big & he made it through it before it fired...caught by back foot & tip of tail...
     

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    No fences up here, so no fence sets,,, much of the land is flat, and animals wander where it suits them,,, sure a steep learning curve after leaving contoured and fenced in country,,,

    I've always set snares in trails, but here canines may use a trail once, maybe twice, in an entire season,,,

    I catch most of my canines now on my own snowshoe floats,,, I make the trails, and the canines want to follow the easy route,,, I collect tolls,,,
     
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    Here are a few from the past couple of years. Slacking this year due to a new house that needs work and with prices in the tank I really don't need any tanned fur until I use up what I have. Good pics everyone!

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    Rainy muskrat pic: 1216141409.jpg
     
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    Mink and muskrat are 2that iv never managed. I hope to rectify that this year,the mink at least. I'm not sure iv ever seen a muskrat around here

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    Good work! Didn't know there was that many trappers on here! I have a few seasons under my belt, I miss it. I didnt trap this year :(
     
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    I'd say with the market down alot aren't trapping.

    I'll admit I don't do it for the money because I'd starve to death...but it's nice to be able to offset some of the cost of gas,bait etc.....it's hard to do that now...
     
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    Fur prices are terrible this year! I don't do it for the money either but like you said, very nice to be able to offset some costs. Only way to trap for money and not starve to death is if you're long lining. Or trapping in the far north where the fur is plentiful and top quality.
     
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    Those loneliners are a rare breed....they work for every cent they get...I have a hard time keeping a couple dozen sets up & running...lol...couldn't imagine having several hundred miles to run...
     
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    Rare breed for sure! Takes a certain kind of man (or woman) to spend an entire winter alone running hundreds of miles of sets. I had a 70 mile loop mostly on dirt logging roads I used to trap, only had about 20 sets going and that was pretty hard to manage at times. Like everything else though the more experience you get the easier it becomes.
     
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    Here is a video with a few pics from my season.
     
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