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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…

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…

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…

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…
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