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An Interview with Russ Carman

By Trap and Trail Staff The Early Years: T&T: Russ what year did you start trapping? RC: I was born in 1942 and started trapping nine years later. I was nine years old when I started, and I caught one muskrat the first year. I had a tremendously quick learning…

An Interview With Mike Marsyada

The Early Years: T&T: Mike where did you learn to trap and what year did you start your trapping career? MM: Growing up we lived at the end of the township. At the end of our road was the local junkyard and dump. Rows of old cars that were stripped…

Southeast Texas Winter Trapline

As the New Year begins, Larry D. Cawley of Lufkin, Texas sets his sites on the furbearers of southeast Texas. Larry is a US Army Veteran that has been trapping in Texas since the late 1950’s and with his vast experience of trapping puts up impressive numbers of fur every…

Total Avoidance!

The title kind of sounds like my social life, but what I am talking about is the frustration a trapper can feel when a canine simply will not work the set. It feels like a monkey on your back and no matter what you do, you come up empty. Most…

The Year of the Coyote

By John Petersen With the fur prices being what they are, I decided that this year I would land trap rather than water trap. Since it had been almost 40 years since I land trapped, I had to do some research on the trap that I was going to use,…

An Interview with Kyle and Kellen Kaatz

By: Trap and Trail Staff The Early Years: T&T: How many Kaatz Brothers are there? Kyle: Just me and Kellen. T&T: Did you guys grow up in a trapping/hunting family? Kellen: Growing up, our dad, Kraig, had a couple #1 Victor Longsprings hanging on the wall that were his dad’s,…

An Interview with Ray Milligan

“On a dark desert highway cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas rising up through the air. Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light, my head grew heavy and my sight grew dim, I had to stop for the night”. While I can’t be sure…

Bush Country Cats

The deep baying of the dogs sent chills up my spine. Even to a novice like myself it was obvious they were baying treed. I had never seen a cougar in the wild before, so I was anxious to get to the dogs for my first look; but with eight…

The Old Trap Basket – Chapter 1

By:  Dan Rollinger Growing up, I was a loner.  I didn’t have a lot of friends, and the one’s I did have never stuck around very long.  When it came to family, my parents were involved in my life about as much as my friends were.  Both of them worked,…

The Canine Catch All

By Ed Schneider The title of this article fits this year’s political rhetoric promising something that may appear to be too good to be true. However I believe we have it in our ability to create a plan of action to catch more canines at a location in the same…
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