Hey guys, I had the pleasure of sitting in with Ron Jones of Redneck Pride Outdoors this week and discussing dogproof trapping and my baits and lures. Take a listen! Great info for the beginner and expert alike. Ron will be doing more DP shows in the future!
Well guys the day is here in TN. Got all my DP’s out. Also doing a product test between Dukes, Z’s and the new TrapUSA for an upcoming magazine article. We have plenty of bait in stock here in the fur shed but if you need to place an order do it quick. DP Dynamite sells out fast. And last but not least we have exceeded 2000 members on our group. Thanks for everyone’s support and let’s set some steel!!
Hey guys! Got an awesome October special for all my followers on here! We are offering 16oz sizes of our DP Dynamite and Mini Bear Crunch for $5.00! This is a perfect size for your trap bags and if you want to try something new this upcoming season!
This all season dry bait is a candy/cracked corn/dog food mix. Its sweet with an irresistible smell that coons love. Cracked corn and dog food is added for protein to use late season. Includes powdered flavorings to enhance the base products. Attracts coons with a variety of smells and tastes! Good for use in cage traps as well as dog proofs.
There is a new DP tool out of the market that looks to be really slick. I will be ordering one of these in the next few weeks and let everyone know about it. Really looks easy to set and it has other uses as well. Please take time to check out our new group page on Facebook and our new online store here on the website. We have t-shirts and decals available with free shipping on decals for group members. Only 88 days till trapping season here in Tennessee!!
I was listening to Trapper Radio this morning and Clint referenced the Ranger Creed. I fine tuned it to us as trappers. I hope you enjoy and get some inspiration from this.
Recognizing that I volunteered as a trapper, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my trapper brotherhood.
Acknowledging the fact that a trapper is a more elite person, who arrives at the cutting edge of the wilderness experience by whatever means possible, I accept the fact that as a trapper, my country expects me to move further, faster, and trap harder than any other trapper.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight, and I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained trapper. My courtesy to others, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for my brothers to follow.
Energetically will I meet the chosen animal on his own ground. I shall defeat them in the field for I am better trained and will trap with all my might. Surrender is not a trapper word. I will never leave a brother or trap behind and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass the trapper brotherhood.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the trappers objective and complete the trap line and season, though I be the lone survivor.
Does anyone else have the end of season trapping blues? I know you can still trap coyote and beaver here in TN, but where I am, there is not an abundance of them. I hung my traps up last month for the year. Now I’m getting that itch. You know the one I am talking about. You need to get into the woods and be in nature. So far I have cleaned and re-dyed all my traps and snares, put up all the leftover fur, stored the glands and cleaned up the fur shed. Oh and made two rat colony traps. So what’s the solution? What does a trapper do in the off season?
Well I can tell you what I am going to spend the spring and summer doing. I am going to read and learn more. See that’s the thing about trapping. You never know everything. So in April I’m going to the Tennessee Fur Harvester Association Spring meet in Maynardville. They have a whole weekend planned of training and demos showing skinning, trap setup and vendors. Plus great food and fellowship. That’s how I learn the best. By talking with others and getting ideas and learning one on one with others. I’m super excited, especially since its only 45 minutes from the house. If you would like more information, you can go to their website at http://www.tfhaonline.net or give me a call.
I will also be fishing and turkey hunting. You see I use a lot of the trash fish that I catch to make coon bait for my DP traps. There are some great recipes online at Trapperman.com or you can make your own like I will be doing. Summer is a great time to experiment with various bases and essential oils to get a bait that is just right. Its where I come up with those that will be sold at English Mountain Lures in the future. Its trial and error, but summer is the time to try them out and do come catch and release on those bait bandits of the night. Ground fish, anise, vanilla, honey and small marshmallows mixed is a great recipe that I pulled off the internet that you might want to give a try.
Have a great spring and summer! Go fishing, turkey hunting and enjoy life!
Trappers today all have one thing in common. Finding land. Back ten to fifteen years ago, most of us would ride around looking for land that we could trap on, then talking to landowners or waiting days to see the farmer in their fields or feeding their cattle. In recent years we are turning to computer technology. We can use web forums, online maps, social media platforms and computer programs to find and gain access to our catches.
Web forums like Trapperman.com and others allow trappers from all over the nation to connect. Use this tool as a way to make contacts with others. If you are a trapper that can travel to other areas and states this is useful in finding locations to trap. You may even find others that want to trade locations with you and trap the land in your area. This can extend your trapping season and allow you access to animals that you might not have in your home state. You can look at other forums that attract deer hunters and bear hunters as well.
Online tax assessement maps is one of the easiest ways to find land. These can usually be found on your counties website and have a search feature. To begin looking for areas to trap just put in a name of a nearby road or even you own address. This will bring up the map and you can begin to search for land that looks suitable for trapping. Each property is lined off showing the boundaries of the land. Once you find something you like you can locate the landowners address and either go visit them or send a letter to ask for permission. I have done this in the past and sent letters out in bulk and received good response.
Facebook groups allow you to advertise trapping services and connect with others in the outdoor community. In my home state of TN, I join farm and garden groups in my local area that sell chickens and other farm animals. These folks are always having trouble with predators at their farms and welcome trappers to help them rid them of their problems. Recently I met a older gentlemen that needed help ridding his property of coyotes that preyed on this birds. No only did this help with my fur count but ensured me deer hunting property come next season.
Craigslist is an option to use and have others do the searching for you. From your web browser search for http://www.craigslist.com. Select your state and nearest city. From there you have several sections that you can advertise in. Simple tell people that you offer free trapping services and ask nothing in return but the fur from the animal. Be specific as to what animals you trap. Some sections to consider are Free Services, Lawn and Garden, Personal Services, Services Offered. You can do this with or without a free account. Each listing has an expiration date so check back to renew your listings. Go a step further and list your services in nearby cities as well.
Use your computer to create flyers and place in your local farmers coop, Tractor Supply and post offices. These locations cater to farmers, hunters and landowners. I have found that flyers that have tear off tabs at the bottom where interested people can tear off your name and phone number have served me best. Most computer have programs such as Microsoft Office that will create a professional looking flyer that will serve you well at many locations.
We have come a long way in the last 20 years in how we as trappers locate land and the landowners that we can serve and assist with their predator issues. Using the computer and the internet allows us to use technology to our advantage.
Our services consist of providing coon trapping bait, lure and supplies to trappers all over the United States as well as providing hands on help to home and landowners throughout the East TN area. Please see the menu on the right to go directly to information about our baits, lures, stickers as well as information concerning our Animal Damage Control services.