The Meaning of Trapping

What does trapping mean to you? For some its simply a sport that rivals that of deer hunting and fishing. Others is a tradition that has been passed down from generations that have come before you. Things that your grandfather has taught you about his experiences on the trap line. Walking that line with your son or daughter, just like you did with your dad many years ago. To some its feel of the crisp fall air as you drive to the trap line, that steaming cup of coffee in the console. Its like Christmas at every trapping location. What will this one hold? Will I finally get the animal that I have tried so hard to outsmart?

Trapping can mean so many things to different people. For me, trapping is a form of recreation. You see, when I moved to Tennessee from Alabama I was a huge deer hunter. Up every morning of season before daylight to sit in a tree stand and freeze my rear end off. The first year in Tennessee I hunted hard. And saw no deer. The next year I hunted harder. And saw no deer. Come to find out the population of deer in East TN and Alabama is vastly different. I needed something to do outdoors and hunting wasn’t gonna cut it anymore. Enter trapping. It afforded me the opportunity to get outside and not freeze my butt of near as much. As I progressed in my trapping journey I found that I could make extra money by selling fur to fur buyers, selling the by products of the animals like meat and glands to other trappers, as well as making my own baits and lures for those that use dog proof traps.

I took a brief survey on our Facebook group page (The Dog Proof Trapper) and here are some of the replies. Among the responses was predator control, ensuring that the tradition continues through the ages, spending time with my family, enjoying time in the woods and for the sport. The one that struck me every time was “its in my blood”. How often do you hear that anymore? We get so busy with the journey of life that we forget whats really important. Most of the population just exists now a days. They don’t LIVE.

How are you living your life? Do you make time for pure enjoyment anymore. Maybe that is something to consider. Have a great week and get out and enjoy what God has given you.

 

English Mountain Lures Delivers Results

Guys these are just some of the fur bearers that our products at English Mountain Lures are bringing in. Whether its DP Dynamite, Mini Bear Crunch, Old Crow or Smoky Lust our products deliver results. We have reports and photos from all over the country in states including Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Beaver Snaring in the Corn

Well guys trapping season is a mere weeks away and I decided to get started early by targeting some beaver for a farmer here in the area. Now these particular rodents are tearing up the mans corn fields. To the point that he is losing acres in row crop. Since beaver can be trapped year round in TN, I got started with snaring on the creek bank in the runs that border the corn.

 

I set up my snares with a 9 inch loop 2 inches off the ground right where the run came up the bank the the field. I anchored them with a earth anchors right at the base of my support wire. The particular support that I used was made out of a wooden stake with two holes drilled into the upper part with a length of #9 wire fed through.

The first check day revealed a huge 65 pound beaver with all other snares being knocked down.  I honestly couldn’t understand why I was getting all the knock downs in the runs. On the reset, I opened the snares to a 10 inch loop at 2 inches off the ground, thinking maybe the snares were too small for such large beaver. The next days check found two more 65 pounders in the snares! One was a perfect neck catch while the other was by the back foot.

 

 

The farmer was ecstatic with the catches and asked that I continue trapping on his other farms.  To say this was a successful week is an understatement! Tight chains and take a kid trapping!