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An Interview with Leo Hoeft

An Interview With Legendary Trapper and Lure Maker Leo Hoeft By: Trap and Trail Staff It was a cloudy day in September many years ago. It was pouring rain and it was colder than any September I could remember. I was at the Wisconsin Trappers Association Fall Convention. I was…

An Interview With Trapper Art

An Interview With Legendary Trapper and Lure Maker Art Simmerman By: Trap and Trail Staff T&T: What year were you born and what state did you originally start trapping in? Art: I was born in 1941 and started trapping when I was ten years old. I’m a Wisconsin native and…

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…
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