Posted 30 June 2006 - 03:45 PM
Very true UB... When I first started there were no videos, and few books... I spent quite a bit of time hanging around a local fur buyer's place, helping where I could, but mostly just watching, and listening to the older, more experienced fellas... But then as time went along, my father in law gave me a big boost in trapping knowledge...then I met and became friends with an older fella, a retired government trapper. He kinda "took me under his wing", and from him I learned things I would never have dreamed, sets that I have never seen or heard of another person makeing even today, lure recipies that he made me promise to never reveal as long as he was alive... He didn't do any predator calling, but I have seen him take over 100 coyotes in a season, and over 200 beaver, just with traps alone, not to mention fox, coon, bobcats, possum, skunk, ect...and not just once, but season after season, until age and health slowed him down........... Ahhh well, so much for reminiscing............ But another excellent way to learn trapping is to join your local and/or state associations, and go to their meetings. They put on various demonstrations...and those fellas are always glad to talk trapping, and help a fella get off on the right foot....... Trapping is one of the only "outdoor sports" that can actually not only pay for itself, but even show a profit if a person is willing to work at it.