So you want to become a trapper…

So I met this guy the other day at a parking lot who called himself a trapper. He was coming back from the wood and carrying some rural stuff. Myself, being an urban kid, didn’t have a clue what all the stuff on his truck was. We got chatting as I waited for my buddy to pick me up and this so-called trapper explained to me what trapping was. Basically it’s setting traps to hunt down animals in th woods. Needless to say I was disgusted, but since I am an open-mind kind of guy, I wanted to bring y’all folks some more information (not from me) about trapping. Make of it what you will.


The fur trade of the past was largely responsible for the exploration and economic development of the North American Continent. It was an adventurous life with a rich heritage which continues to influence outdoor men and rural America today.

The fur trade today is a responsible, well regulated industry, dedicated to the wise use of valuable, renewable resources. Trapping is recognized as the single most effective and safest tool for resolving animal damage control problems and which provides sound wildlife management.

There are a number of reasons why people trap. Most trappers cite nature enjoyment, challenge and recreation as well as economic gain as reasons why they trap. Trappers are among the most knowledgeable groups about wildlife and are also among the most concerned for the preservation of wildlife habitat. Some people trap not because they want to but because they have to. The only practical solution to many problems is the removal of the animals causing the problems. Just relate to rodents and insects in grain storage facilities to appreciate the need for action. Some trappers are motivated by the experience of practicing a skill which dates back to their forefathers. Others enjoy the changing moods of nature, experiencing frosty mornings and the feeling of satisfaction of being able to identify animal signs at a glance. Trappers are responsible individuals, willing to study and respect the animals they seek. They use the most humane methods and devices available and make every effort to avoid unwanted catches.

The biological facts about trapping are clear. Harvest-able surpluses can be used as a renewable resource to the benefit of both people and wildlife populations.

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