Running a trapline~

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Elijah has been learning how to run a trapline this year. He trapped and killed his first fox yesterday, after a not so great day on the water, this was rewarding!! I can’t think of a better way for a little boy to spend his childhood years, than being outside and learning how people survived many years ago. Trappers survived by running lines for beaver, fox, coyote, mink, rabbit, etc.  They would check lines every day and unlike today where you can drive site to site, back then they had to traverse by horseback.  Just checking a line could take 2 days.

I think it is really important for my children to know, life is a lot of work!  You don’t just get everything handed to you, you must work for it.  When you can introduce them to the pioneer type living and shed light on how others lived back then, they begin to appreciate how we live in modern america today.  So easy, we are spoiled by technology! Just the simple act of flipping a light switch, instead of going through the strides to light a oil lamp when arriving home….  We take so much for GRANTED……

I realize this isn’t everybody’s thing, but if you like to deer hunt, thats a good start.  Why not expand your love of the outdoors and nature and try running a trapline to see if you enjoy it? Always helps if you have a good relationship with a fur buyer. There are not many local to us anymore, makes it more difficult to get a buyer.  This is not for the “Lazy” or busy individual. You have to check your lines EVERY day, no exceptions. Although this is a seasonal activity, it is also a dying trade. Do your part to keep our ancestors way of living alive!  If you’re afraid of hard work, don’t even attempt this, this is not for the weak at heart either. It takes dedication, persistence, and Integrity! You need to make sure you do it correctly, we need it to be as humane as possible!

I recommend you do research locally where you live, to see what you are allowed to harvest and when.  Also read up on the “methods” allowed in your area, because they do differ.  Make it a family tradition, with your spouse, son or daughter. Then get out there and run a line…

{I hope he has the opportunity to trap a beaver this winter, now that’s a real treat. My favorite pair of slippers are made from a beaver pelt, an old friend and I trapped several years ago. }


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