WEATHERING AND PAN TENSION

Something I hadn’t heard of before is how the latch/trigger of a set trap will begin to stick. With a conventional coilspring trap, a latch hinges over one jaw and is fitted into a notch on the trap pan. That is a little point of metal-to-metal contact. With the...

BED THAT TRAP!

Many things contribute to a successful set. Trap adjustment and treatment, lure and bait, and minimized human scent are all factors in making a good catch. Of all the variables, bedding the trap seems to be the one thing dryland trappers absolutely must do properly....

ODORLESS, ORGANIZED LURE STORAGE

A negative-pressure refrigerator keeps the trapping shed free of strong lure smells.A fan in a 4” diameter stove pipe (this unit costs about $20) is secured in the top of the refrigerator. It is then routed outside the building with a flexible hose. Make certain the...
FIRST PLACE!

FIRST PLACE!

FIRST PLACE! I just received a First Place in the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association’s (POWA) 2020 Craft Awards. This was the Pennsylvania Trappers Award for my book “Perfect Sets – Bedding, Blending & Weatherproofing.” This means a lot to...

DAY OF THE MINK!

Yesterday about 10 a.m., while swapping out media cards and setting more trail cameras, a nice mink crossed in front of the van. I turned the key off, grabbed the camera from the passenger seat, and got out. The mink had bounded into a roadside pine thicket. I had no...
Trapline Photos

Trapline Photos

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” As both a writer and photographer, I have evaluated this quote from both ends. And after many years I can verify its accuracy. There is simply nothing which has the beauty and can convey as much information as quickly and...