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Where are all the trappers at!!????
Posted: 15 May 2011 07:52 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey ya’ll I love heartland outdoors and everything that comes with it, but there definitly is a shortage of trapping posts and articles. I think one incredible addition to this website would to add another “main blogger” that posts nuthin’ but trappin year round’, the trapping world is changing right before our eyes and under alot of folks noses, as trappers we need a bigger voice, we definitly have the ITA which has protected us like a mother protecting her young, and if heartland outdoors could “hook-up” or something with the ITA and some of its members or something along those lines, that small partnership I think could give a giant boost to the trapping community!  The ITA’s wealth of knowledge and veteranship combined with heartland outdoors technological savvy and ever-reaching voice into the outdoors community, the positive outcome can be nothing but tremendous! I am proud to say I am an ITA member and fully support our heritage as trappers but as part of a younger generation I value what technology can also bring to the table! so what do you say folks! lets keep our heritage alive and bring trapping to the 21st century on Heartland Outdoors!

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Posted: 15 May 2011 11:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Got any suggestions for trapping bloggers?

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Posted: 16 May 2011 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Paul Kelly from Hudson. He has been the President of the IL. Trappers Association for about 25 years

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Posted: 16 May 2011 11:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I dont really have any sugggestions, The ITA would probably be the best place to start looking for someone, the ITA has many smart and influental people, but i have a few concerns though, I love everything about the ITA except for the lack of technological advances and outreach to get trappers involved, everybody within the ITA are well qualified people its just the matter of finding someone within that has the youth, enthusiasm, wit, and salt to provide that invigoration the trapping community needs, I will always support the ITA, I just believe that as trappers we need to advance into newer and greener pastures and Heartland Outdoors can definitly bring some needed sustanence to the table! So I really dont have any suggestions i guess more or less its the luck of the draw when it comes to something like this. So hopefully there is someone out there that can makes these connections work! Even if Heartland Outdoors brings somebody on that is from the outside of the ITA, if they were to work together with the ITA, it can bring so many important issues to light! and matter fact if there are any trappers out there that arent part of the ITA then you really need to do some rethinking because they have protected us and continue to protect us, so join up NOW, too long we have flown under the radar, lets make this partnership happen!!!!!

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Posted: 16 May 2011 09:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m not a trapper and probably don’t have the time to dedicate to a new pursuit like that in the near future, but I’d enjoy learning a bit more about it.  I recall Troy Jackson did some blogs about it in the past, that were good.  I would look forward to a trapping blog.

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Posted: 16 May 2011 10:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I also recall troy doing some trapping blogging and it was somewhat good but an “all trapping” blog would be awesome, all trapping all the time, everything from lure making to political issues to set making, the list goes on and on and on…......... trapping is an american heritage and us as the guardians of this magnificent earth, we owe it to her to be responsible to give and take only what is needed to maintain a perfect balance between man and nature. Trapping, hunting, foraging, fishing, etc. is essential to the giant circle we all call life and is ingrained into our very being, all we have to do is unlock these “life utensils” and if used properly they can influence our lives beyond our wildest dreams to an extreme extent of helping us complete “the circle”. soooo.. sorry i got to rambling there folks! anyways this weather needs to shape up, im looking forward to that hammock and budwieser!

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Posted: 20 May 2011 12:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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well…... yep…......... this topic really went far…...........see my point exactly trappers are a dissapearing faster than the dinosaurs did! thats fine though at least i can keep mastering the true “art of the wild” in solice…........ but dont worry folks trapping will never die, no matter how miniscule and exclusive we are…..we always manage to pass our heritage down the line to next young masters of the world, and they will do the same…..........LONG LIVE THE FREE TRAPPER!!!

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Posted: 26 May 2011 11:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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actually…... lets make this interesting…..... ANY trapping ?‘s ANYBODY?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Posted: 28 May 2011 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I do a lot of fur trapping and nuisance trapping in west central IL .I would really enjoy reading a trapping blog.I’m not much of a writer but I could help with any questions anyone may have.

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Posted: 04 June 2011 06:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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yea…...... im guessing nobody has any trapping ?‘s!!! thats ok we’ll keep our SECRETS!!!!hahahahahaahhaa….....ha…....................
naahh thats not that funny we cant keep our secrets! WE NEED RECRUITS!!! Uncle Jedediah WANTS YOU!

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Posted: 07 June 2011 12:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’m not a trapper either but I too would enjoy reading about it and maybe picking up the sport part time. If nothing else to keep predation down and to show my 6 year old son a new outdoor activity. I’m with Coonass on this one Jeff, use your resources and find a guy to talk traps, it might get a better response than people may think. Walking a trapline at first light, excited to see what you may get has always intrigued me. I can see why guys do it, but I never learned the trade as a boy. Outside of a few live-traps baited with marshmallows or tuna for the coons and stray cats we get in our pheasant fields my experience is limited at best. Only reason I use the live traps is because they are user friendly and I never learned how to use leg holds and snares. Keep up the fight Coonass, don’t get frustrated and quit on us. You are very passionate about your sport and we need a voice like yours to be heard in order to teach our kids about the sport. I promise if I learn it I will pass it on to my son.

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Posted: 07 June 2011 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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@ Colt, damn!!! I wish everybody had a thought process like you! Everybody should want to advance their knowledge base in the world of “timber craft”, its our duty as outdoorsman to retain the “secrets”  that mother nature has given us through the generations, and oh yea…..... I find it hilarious that some of u “deer hunters” and property owners out there that wont let trappers on their grounds! dont get me wrong, I bowhunt deer also( the only true way to hunt deer!) but u would be surprised how many of these “people” wont let u step foot on their grounds simply because some ASSinine reason like ” I dont want anybody trapsing around my land” or ” I have a dog or cat or etc.”, or ” I have had a bad experience with a trapper before”. These are the results of un-ethical- irresponsible- un-educated- hum drum trappers that most likely had no pride in their sport and could probably care less about the target animals and non-target animals that were gonna be within the “trapsite” and are trapping simply for “bragging rights”, and also un-educated land owners that have no clue what trapping could do for predation either considering livestock or their “deer herd”. It is these people that really and I mean really!!!! PISS ME OFF!(not the land owners, more or less the “bad trappers”) I believe if you do something in your life and take on responsibiltys that entail these kinds of undertakings, you must give it 200% and take pride in what u are doing otherwise your effort is in vain and you will most likely ruin it for “future trappers”. and one more thing, all what i just said is also the “main weapon” of these so called animal advocates( ASPCA, etc.). They take all the “bad bunch” (which isnt very much but YES folks they are out there!) and they publish and make “anti-trapping” campaigns that smear all of us “REAL Free Trappers” with nonsense bushwaaa that really doesnt apply to us. This is also a big issue for all us, simply because “they” are out there lobbying and campaigning against us, while 90% of the “good trappers” keep to ourselves and continue with our routines, which is expected because by nature we are “just that way”. Dont get me wrong either the other 10% are doing there part in keeping our heritage alive! Thats the problem though….....only 10% are proactive…... like I said before Uncle Jedediah needs YOU! sorry folks I get to ramblin and sometimes cant stop typing! LONG LIVE THE FREE TRAPPER! Colt I really hope U pick it up cause once u do you wont “put it down”!

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Posted: 07 June 2011 05:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Funny you made that last post. A buddy of mine that lets me bow hunt a small 40 acre grass field of his has been having problems with beavers destroying the trees on his ground. We found a local trapper this spring and problem solved! This guy came in and took 16 animals within a 3 month period, he gets the joy of trapping and bounty for the furs and we save a few of the trees we have been working so hard to establish. It’s really a win-win situation. Now we just need to get somebody to start nailing the coons and stray cats to save our pheasants and their nests in the spring. We try but can’t seem to put much of a dent with our 3 live traps.

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Posted: 07 June 2011 06:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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@ Colt-Thats awesome I am definitly glad that u had a “good trapper” take care of ure land! its too bad that isnt always the case though!  If ure having trouble with the coons and cats u should shoot me a PM and maybe we can “trade some english” and implement a “management plan”!

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Posted: 08 June 2011 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I would like to suggest Scott Davis as someone who may be a good writer about trapping.  That man lives on trapping and traps in 5 or 6 different states.  He lives just outside of Oak Hill.

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Posted: 09 June 2011 01:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I know the guy somewhat….and have met him a couple times, I know he trades fur over at Presley’s and owns Davis Brand Lures, and definitly has some awesome lure formulas that have helped me get some ol’ yotes and some rather trapwise coons, but does he posess the time and extensive thought it takes to really please the trapping crowd that will chomp at the bit waiting for the next piece of knowledge to grace the webpages of Heartland Outdoors!? hmmmmmmmm….....

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