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Trapping books or the like?
« on: June 15, 2024, 05:05:02 PM »
So my boys are gearing up to start a trap line this winter. Theyíve got a ďmentorĒ helping them a little bit this winter but not a lot else. The oldest bought himself a subscription to fur fish game and loves that. Iíve never done any trapping or even been around it so Iím not a lot of help. Are there any books anyone could recommend or something similar to keep their interest level up? They really want to go after raccoons (of which there are plenty) and possibly attempt to get a pair of badgers. Theyíre looking to have fun and donít have dreams of making big money on it (I wouldnít mind if they covered some of the costs but I donít think thatís a part of being a kid  :chuckle: ) and I just think itís a good way to spend some time and want to encourage them as much as I can. Advice or recommendations welcome.

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2024, 07:00:40 PM »
Raccoons should be pretty easy to catch. I'm not knowledgeable about the legalities of trapping/licensing but I do know what works.......foot hold traps, flush to the ground with food inside/under.......they are curious as little kids and will reach in to get at the bait. SNAP!!!! Traps should be chained to a tree or other fixed point to prevent escape because those little devils are strong.

Then you need a .22 or high powered pellet gun to finish the job.

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2024, 07:01:22 PM »
Stanley hawbakers book is what I started out I started out with but time in field is best

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2024, 08:30:33 PM »
Join the Washington State Trappers Association. It's worth every penny. You will gain a ton of knowledge from some very seasoned trappers. The summer rendezvous is always a good time, they have great demos every year. They usually have an in person trapper ed class that will teach you way more than taking the class online. The winter workshop they put on is a great event. You get hands on experience, they teach you everything from setting traps, skinning, and putting them up. The food is really good too.

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2024, 08:50:56 PM »
Stanley hawbakers book is what I started out I started out with but time in field is best

This. There is not many better
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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2024, 08:53:38 PM »
I started with this
https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Life-Complete-Book-Lore/dp/B00005VNRM

Still have it over 50 years later
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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2024, 09:13:12 PM »
Join the Washington State Trappers Association. It's worth every penny. You will gain a ton of knowledge from some very seasoned trappers. The summer rendezvous is always a good time, they have great demos every year. They usually have an in person trapper ed class that will teach you way more than taking the class online. The winter workshop they put on is a great event. You get hands on experience, they teach you everything from setting traps, skinning, and putting them up. The food is really good too.


I really wish this was an option for us but we moved to North Dakota a few months back. Thatís what inspired the boys to get into trapping and as I understand itís a way better state for trapping regulation wise but I havenít found anything like that here. Iíve got an uncle who trapped fairly heavily at one point a long time ago who is offering to get them started on the basic at least.

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2024, 09:27:04 PM »
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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2024, 08:07:59 AM »
Join the Washington State Trappers Association. It's worth every penny. You will gain a ton of knowledge from some very seasoned trappers. The summer rendezvous is always a good time, they have great demos every year. They usually have an in person trapper ed class that will teach you way more than taking the class online. The winter workshop they put on is a great event. You get hands on experience, they teach you everything from setting traps, skinning, and putting them up. The food is really good too.


I really wish this was an option for us but we moved to North Dakota a few months back. Thatís what inspired the boys to get into trapping and as I understand itís a way better state for trapping regulation wise but I havenít found anything like that here. Iíve got an uncle who trapped fairly heavily at one point a long time ago who is offering to get them started on the basic at least.
Iím sure they have a state organization as well, Iíd look into it


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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2024, 08:17:20 PM »
Join the Washington State Trappers Association. It's worth every penny. You will gain a ton of knowledge from some very seasoned trappers. The summer rendezvous is always a good time, they have great demos every year. They usually have an in person trapper ed class that will teach you way more than taking the class online. The winter workshop they put on is a great event. You get hands on experience, they teach you everything from setting traps, skinning, and putting them up. The food is really good too.


I really wish this was an option for us but we moved to North Dakota a few months back. Thatís what inspired the boys to get into trapping and as I understand itís a way better state for trapping regulation wise but I havenít found anything like that here. Iíve got an uncle who trapped fairly heavily at one point a long time ago who is offering to get them started on the basic at least.
Iím sure they have a state organization as well, Iíd look into it


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They do but theyíre a long ways away and not anytime soon. That may be in the cards in the future but Iím really trying to hold their interest and get/keep them excited. Keep them out in the woods and off the television.

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2024, 04:38:10 AM »
JP you should join Trapperman online itís one of the best trapping forums out there and Iím sure you gets lots of help and probably some mentorship ! Tons of info on all aspects of trapping
Good luck Jake

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2024, 06:03:27 AM »
Are you still in North  Dakota? If so there is great trapping there and the laws that go with it are very trapper friendly, starting with the check time! As stated above Trapperman is the best online resource out there for trappers. The trap shed on there is a great spot to buy traps at a good price, just donít be in a rush. 1.5 coils for coon trapping would be perfect too. If youíre wanting to go after coyotes Iíd step it up to a #2 or larger. The 1.5s will hold coon, fox and badger, mink no problem. Iím sure if a yote could get its foot in them theyíd work, strong traps. In that country find water and youíll have all the critters you can handle. Look up simple dirt hole sets that you put into the sides of the stream banks or hill sides by ponds, etc. when baiting coons curiosity goes a long ways, no donít gage to go overboard,  so do sweet smelling things like vanilla. If you use fishy smelling stuff youíll also draw in critters like mink. To step it up so you donít need a gun put out a drownder stake in at least 2í of water with your trap anchored to it below the waters surface, they tangle around it. You will have a blast! With the critters youíre focusing on donít even think Iíd money 😂
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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2024, 05:47:43 PM »
Are you still in North  Dakota? If so there is great trapping there and the laws that go with it are very trapper friendly, starting with the check time! As stated above Trapperman is the best online resource out there for trappers. The trap shed on there is a great spot to buy traps at a good price, just donít be in a rush. 1.5 coils for coon trapping would be perfect too. If youíre wanting to go after coyotes Iíd step it up to a #2 or larger. The 1.5s will hold coon, fox and badger, mink no problem. Iím sure if a yote could get its foot in them theyíd work, strong traps. In that country find water and youíll have all the critters you can handle. Look up simple dirt hole sets that you put into the sides of the stream banks or hill sides by ponds, etc. when baiting coons curiosity goes a long ways, no donít gage to go overboard,  so do sweet smelling things like vanilla. If you use fishy smelling stuff youíll also draw in critters like mink. To step it up so you donít need a gun put out a drownder stake in at least 2í of water with your trap anchored to it below the waters surface, they tangle around it. You will have a blast! With the critters youíre focusing on donít even think Iíd money 😂


We are in North Dakota. Thatís mostly what got them excited about trapping was coming out here. Thereís lots of sloughs, ponds and lakes around but Iím more comfortable with them carrying a rifle around than wading into the water in winter.

Iíll check out the forum thank!

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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2024, 06:41:00 PM »
Another very good book if u can find it is Master Mink Trapping by E.J. Dailey.
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Re: Trapping books or the like?
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2024, 08:30:20 AM »
Get hold of the state Trapper association, look up their FB page, and find out when their summer rendezvous or workshops, meetings etc are being held. Just about  all of these have demos.

 


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