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Here at Trap and Trail Magazine we are constantly on the lookout for quality photos, stories, and articles for our magazine.  In past years, when an article is submitted to us, the writer would receive a free one year subscription.  We had some hard decisions that had to be made at Trap and Trail at the start of the New Year.  With increased paper, printing, and shipping costs of the magazine, we had two choices.  We could either increase the advertising costs and subscription rates, or we could discontinue the free subscription for submitting an article.  We felt to be fair to our loyal readers, subscribers, and advertisers, that we wouldn’t raise the cost of advertising or subscription prices this year.  We felt it was still important to reward our writers for sending in quality articles for the magazine.  When you submit an article now, and if it is accepted, you will receive a complimentary issue of Trap and Trail free of charge as well as a Trap and Trail writers patch for your favorite hunting coat or hat if your article is used!  Please keep in mind that just because you submit an article doesn’t necessarily mean it will get put in the magazine.

January/February 2017

Greetings everyone! We hope this issue finds everyone knee deep in prime furs. Here at Trap and Trail it’s been one heck of a busy season. A lot has transpired since our last issue. We have been on the line every day since the opener with no days off. The freezers are filling up, and it’s been a great season. Even though fur prices are little low this year we have had a tremendous amount of fun! We have really done well on coyotes this year as well as beaver. We just received five inches of fresh heavy snow as I write this entry this month.

Back in November, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity of a lifetime to ride along with world class coyote trapper Larry Karels. We spent a significant amount of time with Larry on his line. Wow…if you want to experience hard work at its highest level, try keeping up with this guy! At seventy years-old, he would run circles around most trapper’s half his age! It’s with great pleasure that we’d like announce, that we are compiling a book with Larry that will be available this summer! This is huge for us. The book will feature advanced canine methods and will cover tons of material. Larry is an absolute wealth of knowledge. In the trapping world, there are fellow trappers that consider Larry part coyote. After riding along with Larry on his line, we have confirmed this theory! We’d like to say a special thanks to our good friend Larry Karels for making this all happen.

In this issue, you’ll notice that we introduce a new staff writer. For those of you who wondered why Michael Morris was never formally introduced here’s your explanation. We gave Michael the opportunity to try out as a staff writer for Trap and Trail. The deal was that we would bring him on as a full-time writer if he could successfully make it one year without a missed deadline! Well, not only has Michael met our expectations, he’s far exceeded them. Michael is our youngest staff writer, and he brings a unique perspective to Trap and Trail. Check out his introduction this month! We are happy and proud to have Michael as a part of our staff. We were lucky enough to snag Mike Marsyada as this month’s legendary trapper! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I still can’t believe that we have an exclusive
interview and photos from one of our favorite trappers of all time! A sincere thank you goes out to Mike Marsyada for opening up to us and giving us this interview!

Good Hunting and Happy Trapping,
Bill and Brenda

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