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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…

Mink Snaring – Just the Basics

By: Bill Guiles Let me start by saying that not being able to use or even possess foothold traps in the state where I reside and do the majority of my trapping in limits a lot of the possibilities and methods I grew up using. If you don’t learn to…

Foul Weather Trapping

By: David O’Farrell I was exhausted. Snowshoeing through four feet of snow for hours will do that to you. Even when you’re young and in good shape. I was starting to get cold. Dangerously cold. I knew I had to find a good patch of timber quickly. I recognized that…

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…

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…

At the Lure Bench with Todd Troup

Skunk Essence In the past few years, the availability of Skunk essence has decreased dramatically. In turn, the price of an ounce of pure essence has gone up, if you can find someone who is willing to part with some of this liquid gold. Rumor has it that the perfume…

Stack-A-Rat

By Rick Hines Over the years, I have trapped hundreds of muskrats. Those hundreds of rats were trapped using pocket sets and primitive rat floats that were heavy, cumbersome, and a real pain in the backside. Every float I tried, was just not boat friendly. I wanted something I could…

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 Mark and Donna June

By Trap and Trail Staff   It’s Jauary 21, 1979 and the Pittsburgh Steelers have just scored their second touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys. This second touchdown comes just nineteen seconds after the last one in this fourth period of Super Bowl…

Picking The Right Cable Restraint

By: Bo Brown The thought of finding my first chew out remains etched in my mind. To this rookie trapper, it was devastating to have made all the right choices, all the right moves in order to catch a coyote only to have it chew out. Who would ever think…
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