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Where to start?

Postby BowHusker » Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:44 pm

I have been wanting to get into trapping for awhile now but I have no clue where to start. I have zero trapping experience but I figured some of you beast members could point me in the right direction. Do you guys have any books or DVDs you recommend for newbies?

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Re: Where to start?

Postby Bowhunting Brian » Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:06 pm

What state do you live in? Do you need or did you take a trapper class? In WI we need to take a class in order to trap.

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Re: Where to start?

Postby BowHusker » Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:40 pm

I live in Nebraska, from all I have read there is no mention of taking a class.

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Re: Where to start?

Postby Bowhunting Brian » Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:12 am

I'm starting this year too. I'm starting with muskrats first because it takes a lot less money to get started. You don't need nearly as many tools to put up the fur. I'll use the money I get to buy more tools next year and get into coons .

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Re: Where to start?

Postby Bowhunting Brian » Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:14 am

I do want to get into beaver and otter as well in the future and also some animal damage control to make some extra cash.

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Re: Where to start?

Postby stash59 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:32 pm

Try your state trapping organization. They're usually very helpful!!!
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Re: Where to start?

Postby DeerDylan » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:04 pm

Great plan Brian. Rats are fun to trap! Quick and easy and we're bringing a nice price a few years ago, I'm not sure these days.

Bowhusker, what are you looking to trap?

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Re: Where to start?

Postby BowHusker » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:37 am

Thanks for the replies guys!

I really have an interest in bobcats for some reason and I know my area has a really good population of them. Maybe like Brian said above that starting small with one target species is the way to go. I'm not familiar with muskrats at all but it sounds very interesting and there is a few miles of public river ground very close to me.

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Re: Where to start?

Postby Findian » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:37 am

Cats are an easier fur bearer to trap. And if you can use snares it can be fairly cheap to get started. I would definitely check out what your state regs are first.

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Re: Where to start?

Postby Bowhunting Brian » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:46 pm

Bobcats are in the CITES program. Check your state regs for any info on them. Trapping them may be limited unlike other animals.

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