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 Post subject: best year in trapping
PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 00:12 
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When i think back over all those years of trapping and production on the line there are a few high lights that come to mind. Although every year was good for what i figured and prices were good so things went well. But I do have to say the first year Swamp hit the Canadian border and helped me trap and skin for 2 weeks was the best. This photo is prove of that in 7 weeks land trapping.

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I would get up around 6 .45 to 7.00 am and no swamp. Look out and see the garage lights on. There was swamp skinning the previous days catch. What a man. Hard to believe i met him 2 years earlier in Kansas at our trapper rondy. Guess it was fate but we clicked. Made a lot of good cash that that year and decided it was only fair to bring swamp back for another season on my dime. Bought him his ticket and he came. Bad thing was the fur was not as abundant that time but more work clearing trails from wet snow. An eye opener for swamp what we go through to trap some years plus leaving me with the wish to trap in Texas when that happens. That year Swamp was here we clicked 170 marten and averaged 160.00 a peace. Texas magic maybe. How bout the rest of you, whats your best year or favorite.


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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 07:21 
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I'd have to agree with Wolf on my first visit to Canada, I had never seen anything like the conditions, methods and quality of fur that he had on his trap lines.

Probably one of my best years in trapping would have been back about 1980 when prices were up even on our southern furs. Those days became memories that we would not encounter again, maybe in my life time.

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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 11:55 
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good looking fur men,my favorite seasons is the ones I trapped with my dear old departed dad.every trip was a great one....

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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 16:21 
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Great pics guys!

My last couple of years were very poor with much less time to trap with the new job. I had some pretty good years in the the 80's and 90's but never really took the time to get pictures because back then I would sell in the round as soon as I caught them or when I did do my own fur I took it to the local guy as soon as it was ready.

Here is a picture of my first coyote from about 14 years ago.

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Here's a nice buck mink a few years back.

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This is my first beaver caught about 6 years ago. (Beaver were fairly scarce around here until about 10 years ago)


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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2016, 17:04 
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nice Trick .love them mink.

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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2016, 20:11 
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Swamp Rat wrote:
I'd have to agree with Wolf on my first visit to Canada, I had never seen anything like the conditions, methods and quality of fur that he had on his trap lines.

Probably one of my best years in trapping would have been back about 1980 when prices were up even on our southern furs. Those days became memories that we would not encounter again, maybe in my life time.

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The first pic . swamp looks like jossie whales.


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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2016, 21:43 
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Lets show some more pics and stories. Summer is slow but lets get the forum cranking again.


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PostPosted: 23 Jul 2016, 11:25 
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PostPosted: 23 Jul 2016, 13:42 
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Here are some more trapping / trapping related pictures.

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Big beaver bank den.

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Under ice mink trapping....

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Various catches.

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PostPosted: 23 Jul 2016, 14:21 
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PostPosted: 24 Jul 2016, 17:33 
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Wow, you guys first post each got me right in the heart. Awesome...

Nice catch picks guys...

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PostPosted: 25 Jul 2016, 12:24 
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Great pics, here are some more.

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PostPosted: 25 Jul 2016, 14:33 
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great pic.s Wolf

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PostPosted: 25 Jul 2016, 16:57 
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Enjoyed all the pictures Wolf, some brought back great memories. Seems I lost my boot at the beaver dam that day. One think about skinning a wolf at your shed, I would have the shed all to myself.

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PostPosted: 25 Jul 2016, 21:51 
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Swamp Rat wrote:
Enjoyed all the pictures Wolf, some brought back great memories. Seems I lost my boot at the beaver dam that day. One think about skinning a wolf at your shed, I would have the shed all to myself.


I remember the one boot trapper from Texas and also why I let you skin that wolf by yourself. You have a strong stomach. You know where I was :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: 26 Jul 2016, 08:58 
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PostPosted: 26 Jul 2016, 09:58 
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Chieftain wrote:
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Wow chief that is one big fat rat.


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PostPosted: 26 Jul 2016, 14:43 
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yes he was, iam looking for the picture where I tape measured him after I skinned him...

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PostPosted: 27 Jul 2016, 08:42 
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PostPosted: 28 Jul 2016, 17:03 
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Small beaver never make 30 inches. Whats in your water to make them grow like that. :roll: Impressive for sure.


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PostPosted: 28 Jul 2016, 20:27 
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Awesome post and great pics guys !!! Hard to say what my best year was. They've all been good in one way or another. Never caught enough to write a book but always had fun. 8)

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PostPosted: 29 Jul 2016, 05:30 
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we have cornfields right up next to the river I trap.ive seen corn stalks in beaver lodges...maybe the beaver and rats here get big cause they are corn fed. :shock:Image

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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2016, 09:36 
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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2016, 17:25 
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Great pics chief, any time you want to send me some of those small beaver rats , you just go right ahead. :D


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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2016, 20:07 
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beaver rats.. :lol: :lol: heres an old one with dear ol dad and 11 mink he caught in one night...Image

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