Can you Hunt every Day?
From a hunter’s stand point, we will not find anything better than hunting. I can only agree with that, well for the most part. Hunting is so gratifying, much more thrilling than taking a day off work and watching television all day. We hunters’ will all reach an agreement on that! Unfortunately, we all know that we cannot take off work every day and go hunting. If we could, we most certainly would. Wait! What if there was resolution to that problem, eh? What if we could go “hunting” every day without taking off work? Just think about that for a moment. Can someone not take off work and go hunting every day of the season? You bet! Even though this solution to our problem will not get us deer, elk, or moose, it is just as motivating. It might be even more exciting than hunting, in some cases. Now you’re now dying to hear of this salvation to your hunting problem, for your heart is beating faster and faster. For this problem solving answer is…Trapping!
What is Trapping?
“How is trapping my solution to my hunting problem?” One might irritably mumble unto himself. Trapping is so much more than catching a mouse or a rat. Trapping is the imprisonment of an animal being captured within a trap. A trap is a device to trap animals with the purpose of fur, meat, survival, or pest control. There are many different types of traps that are often used, which are of the following; the foothold (jaw) trap, the body-grip (conibear) trap, the snare, the snap (rat/mouse) trap, the live cage trap, the colony trap, and the deadfall trap. Unfortunately, you can’t really trap big game. Yes, that does hurt a little. However, you can trap small game, varmints, and canines.
The Difference between Hunting and Trapping?
Unlike fishing poles and firearms, traps operate 24/7 and without you needing to be there! Traps work when you’re sleeping, working, at school, or even hunting. You don’t need to sit there and wait for an animal to come to you, the animal comes to the trap and confines itself. It works while you are being about your business, wherever you may be. It takes lesser time than hunting.
A trap is as someone else hunting for you, when you can’t, it is truly your best hunting buddy!
When can you Trap?
If we could rouse up from our sleepiness about 30 to 45 minutes before our normal waking time and just go hunting, we would. We all know though it would be just a big waste of time. Nevertheless, you can wake up 30 to 45 minutes before your normal waking time and go “hunting,” well trapping actually. Get up early, get out there, check, and reset your traps. If you happen to get an animal within your trap, dispatch it and place in your freezer or fridge. When you get home from work, you can skin it then. So yes, you can really “hunt” everyday!
Can you Trap?
You have at last found our hunting problem’s solution! As the tears of contentment flow down from your cheeks, there is still a few problems that can be effortlessly solved! Can you trap? Do you even have any traps? Do you know how to trap? Probably not. We might want to get started on that.
Let’s Go Trapping!
If you didn’t already know, you can make some money off of trapping! The fur of an animal does have significant amount of worth. When you skin your trapped animal, you either stick it in your freezer or tan its hide that is up to you. After skinning, you store up your furs and you can sell them to a local fur buyer.
When you begin trapping, always be alert of your state laws. You can find your state laws on your state’s wildlife webpage.
The most common laws are:
• Only trap during your state’s trapping season.
• Purchase a trapping license (fur taker permit) before you trap.
• Always humanly treat your trapped animals.
• If trapping on private property, always ask the landowner if you may trap on his land.
• Obey all of you state’s trapping regulations.
Of all the traps constructed by man, the snare is probably the most “stress-free” trap.
When trapping, you always start off trapping smaller predators then you get going on larger furbearers. This being said, raccoons and opossums will be are first objective while trapping!
The snare is a trap constructed from cord, wire, string, line, or cable. The animal enters the snare and the noose (loop) tightens arounds its body or neck. Wire snares can be homemade very easily and cable snares can be purchased online.
You will need to purchase a dozen cable snares. Cables snares are the most efficient snares. They work smoothly and are incredibly easy to set. I purchase my cable snares at www.palmettopredatorcontrol.com. They cost 18 dollars dozen there, as they are the cheapest and best snares I know of. Their raccoon snares are 480lb test. These snares will be the best snares for trapping raccoons.
1. You will need first to find some property to trap at. If trapping on private land, you must have the landowner’s permission to do this.
2. Once you find a location to trap at, you must search for game trails. Game trails are trails that animals travel through. It is like a road to them. A game trail can be easily found. Searching for scat, footprints, and beaten down (trampled) grass, are good signs of a game trail. A game trail will be the best spot to set your snare.
Note: Game trails are traveled by more than just raccoons and opossums, meaning you may catch a non-target animal.
3. Travel along the game trail and find a narrow spot to set your snare. You will need to attach your snare onto something very sturdy within the ground, so that animal does not escape. Loop the cable around a sturdy object, like a tree. Take the noose (loop) of the snare and make it as small as you can. Then stick the noose unto the end piece. Pull it all the way through. It should be attached to the sturdy object, it should not come off.
Notice how the snare is wrapped around this sapling.
4. Now you must make your snare’s noose 7 inches in diameter. Set the snare 4 inches off the ground. To do this you must use a stick or twig to hold the snare in place. On your cable snare there should be a moveable piece called a whammy. The whammy is what you attach the stick onto, so the snare stays in place. Make the stick’s height to the correct size by breaking it down. Make it so that the snare is 4 inches off the ground, like I’ve already stated.
5. Once you have completed the previous steps, your snare is set. However, you can make some modifications to make it better. To prevent raccoons or opossums from walking around your snares, block the rest of the trail’s space with sticks, logs, branches, leaves, and/or grass. That way they will hafta walk through snare to get through the trail. It increases your chance of trapping an animal tremendously. To prevent deer, elk, or moose from destroying your snare set, place a branch over the snare. That way the deer, elk, or moose will step over the snare, not on it.
Your snare set should look like this!
I’m quite proud to say, you are ready to go out and snare them small predators. If you follow my instructions, you should get an animal!
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