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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…

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…

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,…

Cannibalism

By: David O’Farrell It was cold. I knew the temperature down in the river bottom would be well below zero. I needed to make one more run upriver to check some traps, so I was hoping the river wasn’t running ice yet. My mother and father-in-law, had driven up from…

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…

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…

Mink on a Shoestring

My Favorite Set The distant sound of a wood thrush began to grow louder. I was tucked back against a big oak hunting spring gobblers in western PA. I then realized it was the alarm coaxing me to wake up from my springtime hunt. The gentle tip tap of rain…

“Trapper John”

I have been asked to be one of the staff writers for Trap and Trail Magazine, and I thought I better tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Rushford Minnesota, except for the eight years that I served in the Air Force, and I…