fur trapping and taxidermy with the brush- wolf lady

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  1. Brush-Wolf-Lady

    Brush-Wolf-Lady XDTalk 500 Member

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    Some of you asked, so here ya go- a trapping ( and taxidermy) thread.

    Background: I have been doing taxidermy since 1994, and started trapping in 2000 due to foxes killing my chickens in a crazed spree( 32 chickens, 8-9 ducks, 1 turkey, 1 goose- in 2 months). I trap for fur/control in season, and nuisance control year round as needed or as hired. I trap/have trapped red and grey foxes, raccoons, mink, muskrat, beavers, river otters, skunks, and possums. I have yet to catch a coyote or weasel. Maryland also has fisher as a trapable furbearer, but they are found in western MD and would requiring traveling and lodging for me to trap 1.

    So I will start this thread with trapping pics, since that seems to be the big interest in the requests.

    River otter- this is a real thrill to catch, since they are scarce in my area, but enough of them for a season( bag limit 5). I feel I am helping the trout out.

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    Mink- slippery footed lil things, but plentiful, so if 1 out of 5 gets in one of the several traps, that is good.

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    beaver and black muskrat

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    55 pound beaver and xl male otter

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    me with my first otter I ever caught

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    dead beaver at set location

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    more to come...
     
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    maddram XDTalk 100 Member

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    great pictures...Not much trapping goes on around here anymore
     
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    Frenchy <b>Cat Herder</b> Staff Member Founding Member

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    Do use Victor's BWL? How do you prepare/de-scent them? Charcoal boil?
     
  4. Brush-Wolf-Lady

    Brush-Wolf-Lady XDTalk 500 Member

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    caught same day- 39 pound beaver and a huge raccoon

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    otter tracks at creek bank edge

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    a mink caught in a beaver trap

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    these 2 mink were caught about 15 feet apart same night

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    part of catch 1 season- several foxes not shown due to being skinned for taxidermy use

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    more to come...
     
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    Nice beaver!
     
  6. Brush-Wolf-Lady

    Brush-Wolf-Lady XDTalk 500 Member

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    raccoons and foxes- I have more pics of foxes than anything, they are the bread and butter of trapping in my area. I caught 81 3 seasons ago, and wasn't even trying that hard and had only about 7 seperate locations set.

    I use different brands of traps btw- I have about 4 dozen victor softcatch in 2 sizes, a dozen #2 size traps with rubber jaws that are not victors ( bridgers with add-on kits), 1 dozen bridger offset laminated jaw #2's, A couple dozen #11 coon/mink traps made by Sleepy Creek in WV, Bridger beaver traps- 330 body grippers, Bridger 160 body grip traps ( mink and muskrat), 4 280 body grippers( otter and beaver), 1 dozen or so misc Montgomery traps for fox/coyote, 1-2 dozen Montgomery traps for fox, 17 lil griz geterz dog proof coon traps, a bunch of 110 mink/muskrat body grip traps by Victor, a dozen each of 160 and 220 coon body grip traps by Belisle in Canada ( these are heavy duty traps! I have used the smaller ones for mink too), and a bunch of cage traps in a couple different sizes.


    Grey fox are not real plentiful here, but there are oddles of them closer to the Bay and on the Eastern shore. It is always a thrill for me to find a grey rather than a red, in one of my traps.

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    red foxes...

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    this one was pooping duck feathers- lost 6 ducks in one afternoon and this was 1 of 4 foxes I caught within the next few days

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    foxes often travel together, or 1 trapped 1 will attract another that also gets caught- I make 2 sets right by eachother for this reason

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    these 2 got caught at the same set! I was using my 2 trap "hay set", after the farmers wife tipped me off to seeing a pair of foxes at this location the day before I set.

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    my best 1 day catch- 5 foxes, 1 coon, 1 mink, 1 possum

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    more to come...
     
  7. LUVMYSIGP225

    LUVMYSIGP225 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Very interesting pictures. Never got into trapping myself. Actually, when I was a kid, I messed around with a Kona-Bear. I think that is what it was called. Never caught much.

    Do you make stuff with the furs?
     
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    kayl XDTalk 1K Member

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    cool stuff!
     
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    LUVMYSIGP225 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Ahhh MAN!!! I cannot believe The Mod went there. What is the world coming to?
     
  10. Brush-Wolf-Lady

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    some coons


    big coon caught at streamside set, I bait with fish oil usually

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    big fat coon in a fox set

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    this was one mean SOB of a coon, took me a while to get a good shot at his head, he kept rolling around and growling and jumping at me after I took the pic- he was caught in one of the lil griz dogproof traps

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    more nice looking coons

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    Brush-Wolf-Lady XDTalk 500 Member

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    Well for some reason I can't get more pics off my host site right now- heck I probably reached my limit or something LOL- will try again later, and also try to get some taxidermy pics up too.
     
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    Before you posted that part about getting a shot at his head, I was going to ask how you go about dispatching an animal caught in a live trap. Doesn't shooting them mess up the fur? I realize that a lot of people actually gun hunt for fur with things like Coyotes... I just figured for an animal in a live trap there was probably a better way to do it without risking blemishing the fur.
     
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    east_stingray XDTalk 1K Member

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    Also... before I moved for grad school it was a hobby of mine to pick up fresh coon kills on the road and try my hand at skinning/tanning them. I don't know anything about trapping, and that way I felt like they weren't going to waste. Those things are greasy boogers! I never could get a brain tan to set right... they always ended up hard.
     
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    ichy_trigger XDTalk 10K Member

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    I took a trapping course back in school, YEARS AGO, and always wanted to give it a shot. I looked up this past years fur prices though and they were VERY low. I may pick up some traps though and try for coyotes where I deer hunt and camp.
     
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    east_stingray XDTalk 1K Member

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    BWL; any advice on literature and the best source for equipment for someone who's interested?
     

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