Here are some of the areas you will need to learn in order to take fur:

  1. Learn to identify animal tracks and scat.
  2. Understand an animals habitats and behavior
  3. Take the information listed above and head out and find furbearer sign and identify it.
  4. Then start to pick out locations that appear to be good and hike out and see if you can spot the sign they left behind (tracks and scat)
  5. While at the location you found sign, pick out a direction you think the animal would be traveling to next and see if you find sign at the 2nd location.
  6. Learn what types of traps are suggested for the animal you would like to trap.
  7. Learn to make a set, and then learn other trap sets.
  8. Learn how to skin a furbearer, freeze, and market the fur.

These are just a few things you will get to learn, along with many others.  Another effective tool trappers use besides the foothold trap is the snare. Snares are an excellent tool when conditions are right. Weather is an important factor when it comes to trapping. And when we see freezing rain, frozen ground conditions, or brushy trails the snare is an outstanding choice.

I have to say trapping is one of the most exciting occupations any outdoorsman can learn. No other outdoor activity measures up to the excitement of putting out a line, and show back up the following morning to find fur dancing around where you laid your traps!

A novice whether young or old will go through a learning curve as they begin to trap. You just can't skip the fundamentals and expect to take in large amount of fur. The good news is, it is teachable and with hard work and dedication, anyone can learn it.

Another opportunity for you would be through a trappers education class. Instructors are more than happy to share information on set construction, bait and lure tips, and location tips.  As you gain experience you will probably be wanting to learn more and possibly want to take private instruction from an experienced trapper. This may sound expensive, but I can assure you, it will save you money in the long run.

One suggestion I would like to leave you with, is to not just focus on the expense of the items you wish to purchase. There is a lot of difference in quality from one product to another. And most of the time you will be better off if you spend a little more to obtain hard working, quality equipment. Here is some YouTube Videos that may help you in your pursuit of the furbearer.

Best wishes on the trapline,

Ed Schneider

A great location with brushy draws and well defined trails.

The Dirt Hole Set Done Right!

Snares have one simple function and all the animal must do in order to be caught is walk through it. A snare "loaded" properly should close smoothly and quickly when the animal moves through the set location. However, a trapper will quickly learn it takes a great deal of time to learn this skill as well.

In the photo to the right, there is a snare in the trail. It is quite concealed, and just a little of it shows. I took the photo so you could see just how well it blends into the habitat.

If you have never trapped before, I suggest you go with a friend or relative on their trapline. Most trappers are more than happy to have you ride along.

The T-Bone Flat Set

Making sense of the Scent Post

Trapping involves more than Catching and Killing! Organizing your Rig Keeps fur Staking Up!