A quick history lesson
- Hunters have trapped as far back as 5000 B.C.
- Trapping was a widespread practicing in the early days of North American settlements
- Native Americans also trapped
- Trading posts were established
- European companies traded guns, pots, pans, knives, and other accessories for furs
Instead of learning it from a history book, trapping traditions can be taught firsthand and passed down through generations.
- Trappers play an active role in wildlife management and pest control for the environment
- Outsmarting animals, more intelligent and wary than you’d imagine, sharpens your problem-solving skills
- Checking traps daily teaches responsibility especially to youth
- Selling furs can be profitable
- Trapping as a family, or with youth can create memories even if the traps are empty
Get started and get hooked
A quick internet search yields plenty of ways to get your family started trapping, including books, supplies, and most groups devoted to trapping. Plug yourself into a network of seasoned veterans to learn the tricks of the trade. Most states have a trappers association and there’s a National Trappers Association (www.nationaltrappers.com) to get started. Remember, no articles or videos can replace hands-on learning through trial and error, so jump right in!