trapping

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by sasquatch91, Oct 29, 2011.


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  1. sasquatch91

    sasquatch91 Monkey+

    just curious as to who traps on here, i myself trap for the benefit of getting out and seeing the woods, the money imake is just a bonus. if it comes down to it trapping could be very beneficial in getting food, fur and other goods.
     
  2. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    I don't trap anymore,but I haven't forgotten how.I sold out most of my equipment,but I could set out a short trapline if the need arose.I still get the fever every year when the mornings are frosty,and if there's a whiff of skunk in the air,then it's time for a couple aspirin and a cold shower.
     
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  3. sasquatch91

    sasquatch91 Monkey+


    im only 20, still got many years of trapping ahead of me, learned from my grandpa at around 15 or 16 when i would run the line with him, usually set out footholds on the river for them wiley old coon, try to get a littlemore equipment every year.
     
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I've built some 'no kill' types of rabbit traps, but I have yet to test or use them....Won't be of much use here in the city, all I'd catch is some feral cats!
    No money in them varmints!
     
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  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++


    When I was 20 we were trapping girls, I guess animals would be more rewarding
     
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  6. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Yeah, them thar womens are EXPENSIVE to keep around....it's always something, food, clothes, a car, they want everything! The it's anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and THE IN-LAWS! Nah, I'll stick to critters ( 4 legged types!)
    LOL!!!
    ( PLEASE,.....don't tell my wife I said that!)
     
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  7. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    I have and can whenever I feel the time is right. Florida does not allow steel leg traps. I have a supply of snares in multiple sizes, leg traps, crusher traps etc. I also plan on using gill nets in saltwater post SHTF.
     
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  8. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I went as far as to buy a crayfish ( I call 'em crawfish) trap and duplicated it in hardware cloth...It works! Not a lot of meat.... but hey, it's all about survival right?
     
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  9. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    ive made fish traps, turtle traps and even snapjaw leg traps
    used the fish n turtle traps the most when i ran the fish farm
    as far as trappin animals, i know how but not gonna unless i have to
    snares, livetraps and bullets are much more humane
     
  10. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    I don't know,if you can find a local banjo maker,cathide is s'posed to make the best banjo head..or so I've been told.Also groundhog hide..
     
  11. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    For many years Momma and I, trapped for Martin, Ermine, and Mink. We gave it up a few years back, due to For prices going in the dumper. things have picked up, this year and we expect to run a short Line again this winter. All our sets are still in place out in the woods, so it doesn't take a lot to get going again. ...... YMMV.....
     
  12. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Raccoon as a food source?

    I have yet to sample Raccoon as a food source. I am unfamiliar with the nugget like musk glands, as to how many there are exactly, and exactly where they are located. Sure would be nice if someone with good knowledge on this, if they could provide photos showing removal of these glands and exactly what they look like.
    .
    Y'all might wonder why the interest. Well in the past I have been quite successful in trapping Raccoon. They are easily lured into position to be caught in a leg hold trap. My present AO is overrun with scads of the masked burglers. If they make decent table fare if prepared properly, I could use an educational upgrade on the subject.
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    Anyone out there able and willing to provide the answers?
     
  13. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    Out of all the books I have I'm unable to find anything about removing glands from coon before cooking.Everything I've found so far says to remove the fat because of a strong taste.IIRC,coons have glands in the armpits and anal glands..just cut a big circle around the anus when you're getting ready to gut the coon,that should take care of those glands.I've never had coon to eat and it's been a long time since I skinned one.I did eat possum once as a teenager and it was good.
     
  14. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I have Hoop net's.
    Gill nets
    Turtle trap
    Steel Leg Traps...and...
    I built a 4 x 8 Hog Trap...Which i have caught 2 hogs in the last month...
    and the good old ''Live'' trap for cat's which i put peanut butter and a little corn in...
    and ''Bingo'' Mr. Raccoon is now my guest...
     
  15. sasquatch91

    sasquatch91 Monkey+

    I already caughtvone lol, I'm trying to figure out a way to build a coon cuff trap or a dog proof trap out af 1 or 1.5" pipe.
     
  16. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    Lots of experience in days gone by, still have my equipment out there in the barn, just rather not spend time out there freezing my fingers off setting traps anymore. I do use a lot more live traps in gardening season to rid the area of unwanted garden thieves. Been thinking of setting a few 'yote traps this fall, but probably the cold will get the better of me.
     
  17. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+

  18. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Jason, I read your blog about trapping. Have you prepared Raccoon for eating? My understanding is to remove scent/musk glands at both the front legs and the rear legs, for a total of four. Can you verify this and maybe provide pictures? Thanks.
     
  19. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+

    I've never prepared it myself. I have eaten it from another trapper that cooked it. I honestly would not eat raccoon until my chickens, pigs and cows were gone. At that point i would trap beaver & muskrats then racoons last. They are one of the biggest carriers of rabies and while i think if it was well cooked it would be OK I'm not going to take a chance until i have to. BTW the raccoon i ate was not bad but flat (needed salt).

    Jason
     
  20. sasquatch91

    sasquatch91 Monkey+

    id stick to deer after my food supply ran out.
     
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