My sons (ages 9 and 12) are getting me in to trapping this year. We are taking a course in a few weeks, and will run a small line around our home in Allegany County. We hunt and fish together already, and I am looking forward to adding the trapping portion to our time together.
I love your Avatar pic. I liked it during the photo contest, and I like it now. I also noted that it is blown up on the door of your fur shed too. I have a similar pic of my youngest and I.....love it.
Thanks pawaide! Sorry for the delayed response…I hope you are getting some traps set with your boys! I (and my son Colton) highly recommend the Pat Arnold Youth Trapping Camp for your boys when they are ready…there is a camp in your neck of the woods (Rushford)…let me know if you need some info on the camp.
Below are some pictures of our annual trapping trip up North I wanted to share. When I look back at the pictures from last year (and the year before that), I’m amazed how my son has grown…physically and most of all, mentally. He learned more than I could ever teach him from participating in the Pat Arnold Youth Trapping Camp last year…he was constantly telling me, “…and that’s what my mentors taught me.” Actually, I learned some neat tricks from him this year! …and again, I thank all the people who make the camp happen!
This year we focused on eliminating cross contamination with respect to handling our traps and our lures/baits. We also tried to be more efficient on the line by planning ahead, keeping our gear very organized, and scouting prior to setting. It paid off with a nice variety of fur…although I think we could have been a bit more productive with some of our sets if they could have been out for more than the four day length of our trip (not including a day on each end for travel).
The only issue we had (beside me locking my keys in the truck) was with ticks. We knew they were going to be bad, and despite taking many safeguards, Colton got tagged by a deer tick.
Our first traps checked on day one…three for three!
Lots of muskrats this year…it pays to leave seed!! Good lesson for the boy.
Two of the triple we caught at this location.
A new location for us…very historic farm… …on a nice river.
Well mannered coon we released (looked very prime but not big enough to keep).
Remaking the set.
Picturesque stone wall and oak tree.
Coyote on a drag due to the very rocky soil…very exciting tracking him down! Longer chain and wider drag gape next time.
Some of our morning catches.
Lots of action on our boards!
End of the day skinning.
Slight set back…but better safe than sorry!
Our mascot…Timmy the Tick. He traveled with us in the glove box so Colton could show Mom and his sister. Note, I got a tick last year and after successfully removing it, I soaked it in rubbing alcohol to make sure it was dead…bad call as the doctor could not sent the tick to lab to determine if it carried Lyme disease due to the alcohol. As it turned out this time, the hospital told us that there were so many tick cases that they were not sending any ticks to the lab…they told the patients to watch for the characteristic rings (however, they did give Colton antibiotics).
One of the many highlights of the trip for Colton…weasel caught in a weasel box…strategically located, baited, and set by Colton. Needless to say, following the catch, he insisted on a half dozen more weasel sets (rock cubbies).
I hope you enjoyed the picts as much as we enjoy reading your posts and viewing your picts! Thanks and good luck in the field!
Thank you so much for posting. Your boy is so lucky to have such a good day. I am old enough to be your dad but I can remember what trapping meant to me as a young man and I had to go it alone as I had no father around. You should be proud of yourself and you son.
Thank you very much for your comments! I’m grateful that I had a Dad growing up…although he didn’t trap; he supported me in my efforts! I can still remember my first catch…about Colton’s age…I got a 110 for Christmas to complement the 1 ½ long rusted long spring I found loose under a pine grove. My Dad set the 110 and I placed it over a hole in the ice behind my house on Christmas morning…my Dad encouraged me to check the trap the same day, just prior to dark…when I got to the trap I saw something furry in it…my first catch (a muskrat)! Needless to say I was “hooked”…or should I say “trapped”!
Although I have only seen three deer all season (all during archery…and I am out every day…I typically fill all my tags), this season turned out to one of the best when I took my Dad out hunting behind my house. He made a perfect shot on a big doe…when at first we didn’t see any blood, he started to have second thoughts. I called Colton to bring a flashlight out. After a few minutes with the light, we were on the trail but lost it about 50 yards from first blood. I headed out on all the likely deer trails with no luck…when I returned to the spot of last blood, Colton told me saw blood 10 yards back on the side of some brush…when I looked quickly, I told him it was probably just spray…he was adamant it wasn’t and stated his case…”there was no blood on the adjacent brush from “spray” and there was hair on the blood stuck to the brush…plus the blood was on the “wrong” side of the brush...it looks like the deer rubbed against the brush as he headed off the trail”. I agreed and gave him the big flashlight…he crawled through the underbrush about 20 yards and announced that he found the doe! When we got back to the tower (one of my “tree stands” furnished with a nice coal-size stove, etc.,) we cooked up some venison! While we (three generations of us!) talked through the hunt over and over, I’m not sure who was more proud…my Dad, me, or Colton! I would trade that hunt for tagging out any day!
Below are a few more picts from last week’s canoe beaver trapping expo for the adjacent golf courses green keeper. With my help, Colton skinned a small beaver, then, without ANY help, he perfectly skinned the 55 pounder (and a coon). That was a ton of work but we got all the fur put up!
And I saw this while uploading the picts above…dang, the kids grow so fast!!!! Now we need to make new arrows…deer hunting arrows for him!
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"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington
Below is a picture of the furs my son Colton and I will be sending off to NAFA...we decided to keep a bunch of fur to practice our tanning and sewing skills. Overall another fun year of learning a bunch...along with the trial and error that comes with it! The biggest challenge we plan to tackle next year is trying to keep our traps working throughout the above/below freezing temperature changes. Good luck to all with the sale of your fur!
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