American Trapper


Trapping is a puzzle. It is an exercise in finding and fitting together all the pieces of hardware, terrain and knowledge to get that desired critter to step on the square inches of a trap pan or slip into a bodygripper. Of all the square miles of habitat you trap, how do you find THE spot where the paw will be placed? What an intriguing challenge we have accepted and determined to pursue.

Trapping is a time-honored tradition, sport and business. This is what fills the pages of the AMERICAN TRAPPER. It is my endeavor to fill each issue’s pages with a tremendous mix of how-to-do articles, think pieces, and reports on everything trapping. We have been blessed with articles from well-known and respected trapping “names” such as Major Boddicker, Mike Marchewka, Ralph Scherder, Paul Grimshaw, Mark June, Kyle Kaatz, Jeff Dunlap, and many more. And as in all things, the “unknowns” have given tremendous knowledge and new ideas on our pages.

The American Trapper is published by the National Trappers Association (NTA) to educate trappers, offer top quality trapping articles, keep everyone informed on pending trapping legislation (both pro- and anti-trapping), trapper convention coverage, and NTA activities. It is the leading trapping publication in the world for the most informed and involved trappers.



I began editing and laying out the AMERICAN TRAPPER with the Fall 2012 issue. The magazine was published 4 times a year at that time. Six issues a year (every other month) a now being published. Because this is an organization publication, it is not available on newsstands or as a subscription. All NTA members receive the AMERICAN TRAPPER automatically.

To join the NTA and receive the AMERICAN TRAPPER, click onto the NTA website at, or print the membership application below: