no opinion, stupid thread sawyer
I was a licensed trapper as a youth. The law stated that your traps had to be checked every 24 hours. We would walk 3 miles in the snow every morning before school to check ours.
We started with leg hold traps but switched quickly to the killer type of trap. Those are the ones that are shown to have large dead dogs in them a few posts above. We didn't use that size. Those dogs would have been OK (sore nose maybe) if they messed with one of ours.
We also prized the occasional mink pelt ($) so we stopped using an apple slice for bait. We used our eyes to see animal trails and placed the unbated traps in the path most likely taken.
Mostly we caught muskrat and rabbits. We did catch one red fox in a leg hold trap.
At a time when my allowance for the week was 50 cents, $2.00 muskrat pelts were nice to take to the furrier.
I went back to where I went to HS last July for a reunion. The area where we set our traps is gone. It's all urban sprawl now.
I used to trap a lot when I was a kid, we ran our traps at the very least every morning and usually twice a day, just to make sure nothing was suffering in the trap. I never caught any pets.
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I'm a conservationist and, as such, see a need for trapping. However, there are strict rules our Conservation Department has for trapping & traps and anyone in violation should maybe be put in one of their own traps for a day or two, depending on the infraction.
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The trap pictured is fictional. There isn't and never has been a trap manufactured like the one pictured. It is a figment of someones imagination.
Bear traps mentioned too. There is no place in North America where you can legally set a bear trap.
The conibear trap pictured although somewhat outdated are used. They were introduced in the 60s as a more humane alternative to foot traps. They are the most humane trap for water animals like beaver and smaller animals like marten. Larger conibear traps should not be placed where they can catch dogs and that is a rare happening but perhaps some states do need to update their laws in this respect.
Foot traps have undergone a lot of changes in the last 20 years. They are not your grandfathers traps or even your fathers.
The association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Canadian government have spent millions on trap testing to identfy the most humane and effective traps. For instance the Canadian criteria for a legal conibear trap is 90 seconds from capture to unconsiousness. Foot traps are judged by trauma. A broken bone or cutting from the trap will result in its disqulaification.
24 hour mandatory trap check laws are the norm across the US so you can stop talking about animals starving in traps. It just ain't happening.
Cage traps? They are not effective on some kinds of animals. They are very inefficent and are not always the most humane trap.
So why do we need trappers? We need trappers because it is the only means to manage furbearer populations. Some animals and locations do not lend themselves to other means of control. Even in Massachusetts where they tried to outlaw trapping they had to allow some trapping when some furbeareres such as beaver became a problem.
Also I see nothing wrong with utilizing a renewable natural resource like furbearers. It puts a few dollars in trappers pockets and saves the public a lot of money by not haveing to hire government trappers to control problem animals.
Yes, I am a trapper.
It is a skill we may soon need to learn.
saying the same thing a few others have. Humane trapping I am fine with. Any traps that harm the animal is just wrong.
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I agree with live trapping for relocating nuisance animals. But let's not kid ourselves, as long as there is a market for pelts there will be trappers and farms that raise the animals to kill for profit. Before we get our panties in a bunch, the majority of the meat we eat comes from animals that are bred, raised and killed for just such a purpose. So if you eat meat, you are part of the game.
Hunting and trapping are also important for population control since many of the predators have been eliminated for safety reasons. Then there are species that have no natural predators that can be dangerous and destroy food crops. I have a hunt this weekend for exactly that purpose. The wild hogs are back at a local farm. One of them caught on camera yesterday was a 350 to 400 pound feral pig. Hopefully today I get a chance to sight up my new 30 30 that is specifically for that purpose, although this next fall it will put deer in my freezer too. And yes, we do eat the wild hogs. Done properly they are safe and quite tasty. The guy I'm hunting with has been hunting them for 20 or so years and is quite proficient at clean kills and processing. We use a round that travels at twice the speed of sound and delivers 2000 ft/lbs of force and are trained marksmen taking head shots. The kill is instantaneous.