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I  just wanted to thank Clint for the radio shows. I've listened to all of them several times. I only wish there was more!
Chris Carlson Jun 4 '13 · Comments: 3
I have my website up and running. Ya'll go and check it out. Also, there is a game page that has games on it that those of us from the late 70's and early 80's will remember. Click on the beaver and it will take you to the game page. Also, there is a Facebook link, check that out and "like" us on Facebook. Check out my link page too, there is several folks there you will recognize.
Kris Jones Apr 24 '13 · Comments: 4
Has anyone in the ADC field failed to win a bid on a nuisance animal job involving a Govt project, only to hear it was awarded to USDA-Wildlife Services? I know Clint posted something on WolferNation a while ago about the subject.  When I talked to one of the largest Govt land-holders in east TN they use the excuse that USDA-WS does the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) plan for them.  I did some research and found the agency I talked to does their own NEPA-EIS so it seems I was mislead (OK l got lied to).   I know Govt trappers have a job to do and I'm all for folks working, but I'm not a fan of USDA-WS using our federal tax money to compete against small business.  Right now I don't know what can be done, but you can bet I'm working on the issue!   Anyone had problems with this?
Robin Hedden Apr 13 '13 · Comments: 2
In the post few months I have been pondering/reaserching how to trap in the snow. I have come across ways to antifreeze the traps in the ground. But what I couldnt figure out is what types of sets to use. How would you blend in a flat set or blind set in with snow? Just sift snow over the beded and covered traps? Or do I switch to using only dirt holes and snares?
Gavin Sickels Apr 11 '13 · Comments: 4
What do you guys prefer for snare cable sizes and types of lock combonations. What sizes of cable do you use for Coyotes or coons? Just wondered how you guys like to snare. My personal preference is 1x19 5/64 cable.
Gavin Sickels Apr 10 '13 · Comments: 2

INTRODUCTION

Every once in a while I like to share with the other trappers on my page some techniques that have helped me over the years to become much more efficient and make the most of the time I have available to work my Trap line and ADC business. What I am about to share with you is no secret. I learned this years ago when I used to hunt turkeys here in Georgia. I hunted a lot of WMA's. I logged hundreds of miles of boot leather walking the land over with a topo map and compass. I graduated to one of the first GPS units and that was a big help but it all didn't come together until I read an article on how to incorporate all three instruments to maximize your scouting and more importantly to pinpoint, within a few yards, where a gobbler is roosting. This saved me a lot of time upfront because I could locate them and then move in to find the exact tree he was in.

 

THE TECHNIQUE 

 

About a week before opening day of turkey season, I would position myself on a high ridge overlooking a swamp before daylight. I would have a notebook, compass, GPS and topo map. I would mark my location where I was sitting with the GPS. This was my point of origin where all of my compass readings would originate from. When I heard a gobbler sound off, I would hold up the compass, line it up with magnetic north and take a reading as close as I could to the gobbler's location. It didn't matter if he was 100 yards away or 500 yards away, I would look across the compass at the degree reading. I would note this in my book and estimate how far away from me he was and note this too. I would then move to the next one that sounded off and do the same. Some mornings I would have 5 or 6 readings from different directions. When the birds flew down, I would listen to see which way they would move off. I would then return home and spread the topo map on a table. Now the important part. I would go on GE and input the point of origin reading and mark it on my topo map to match it's location on GE. I would then orient the map AND compass to North. You put the compass on the topo on a straight edge of the map and spin the two together until they both line up perfectly North. Then, I would put the center of the compass directly over the point of origin on the map. I pulled out my notebook and took a pencil and made a dot at each of the degree readings I had taken of the gobblers that morning. I removed the compass and took a straight edge, lined up the two points and drew a pencil line thru both and extended it a ways. Somewhere on that line was where that gobbler was roosting, usually over a creek or swamp. So, what does this have to do with Coyote Trapping? Read the next paragraph and I will tell you.

 

USING THIS TECHNIQUE TO LOCATE COYOTE DENS AND CONCENTRATIONS

 

This tactic can be used just as well to locate coyote dens. Typically, coyotes come out of their dens right at dark and howl to talk to the other family groups. If you are set up on a high point of land and have marked your location on your GPS, just follow the directions above concerning aiming your compass at the howling and record the reading in your notebook. Just make sure your compass is oriented exactly North. Actually, with today's technology, you don't need a topo map as long as you have Google Earth. Estimate how far the den is from you in yards and write this down. Then when you get home input this into GE. GE has a feature that will allow you to draw a virtual line on the screen. It is call the Path. Input your point of origin, take your mouse and stretch out the line, you will see a compass reading. Move left or right until you get to the exact reading you noted in your book. Bravo, the den is somewhere along that line and if you use a little intelligence, woodsman ship and your knowledge of how coyotes will move through a property, you can pretty well get within at least 75 yards or so of the den. I am going to use this technique when I go to Columbus in a few weeks. The great benefit this gives a Trapper is it lets you see WHERE THE CONCENTRATION OF COYOTES ARE ON A TRACT OF LAND. After evaluating the lay of the land on GE, you can make an educated guess where the den will be. You can also see which Travel ways the coyotes will likely use based on the location of the Den. Another great tip, if you will move your mouse to that location, it will give you the exact coordinates of the area and you can input it into your GPS to let it direct you to there. Or, if you know the land well enough, like I know the Farm, you have a great idea where to start the "ground truthing" or looking for tracks and scat. If you think about it, this will save you ALOT of time scouting a property, especially a new one. The Trappers and Wolfers of long ago did not have the satellite technology, GPS units that we now have. I like to make things easier for myself, this is why I have incorporated it into my entire Coyote Trapping System. As for equipment, buy the best you can. I use a Brunton compass, Garmin 530C Rhino GPS with a High Sensitivity Antenna and GE. The reason I am writing this is because last year, I happened to be in a pasture on the farm about 100 yards from a woodlot right at dark one evening. I heard a coyote howl down in the woodlot and about 400 yards away, down the slough, another group started up. I suspected there was a den there and the next Saturday I walked in that woodlot and found it in about 10 minutes. Hopefully, this will help some of you become more efficient with your scouting time as it has done for me.

Tim Ivey Mar 21 '13 · Comments: 4 · Tags: coyote dens
Ok, let's talk about it. I am putting together my arsenal for next year. I am planning on buying some new traps. They need to be offset per state law. Modified, 2 or 4 coil, size trap, and brand will be the discussion. Let'er rip!
Kris Jones Mar 21 '13 · Comments: 13
Who is ready for them to start?  I know that I am not ready for that time of the year I still have snares , cable restraints, earth anchors, among other cable equiptment to make for myself to sell at conventions. It has been a busy in the shop filling orders for other people the last couple weeks.
I am looking at buying some more mixed species traps for coyote/bobcat/fox.  I only have 4 predator traps (2 Bridger #2's and 2 MB 550).  Anyone have any experience with the new Bridger 1.75?  For conversation you have limited traps and $40 would you go wih 2 MB 550's or 4 laminated Bridger 1.75's?  Lets throw 3 modified Bridger #2's in the mix too.
Eric Collop Feb 24 '13 · Comments: 8

    "Your Financial Future and Retirement...It is Your Responsibility"  ".I haven't ever read an article in a Trapping Magazine encouraging Trappers to invest a certain percentage of their money made off of fur or ADC work. I am fortunate to have worked with Primerica Financial Services for several years and have also read many books on investing such as "Benjamin Graham's Value Stock Investing" I don't know of anyone who actually reaches out to the Trapping community with information and education that will make a great difference in your financial future and lead to a comfortable retirement. So I am doing so in the hopes that a small percentage of Trappers that read this will take the next step and contact a Vanguard representative, sit down with him and allow him to guide you to investing for your financial future. Many times we are hesitant to involve ourselves with things we do not understand. The good news is that you do not have to be a Wall Street Wizard to understand the Basics of Personal Investing. The main thing, as with any venture, is making the step to get started. I am not a Wall Street Wizard but I have educated myself to the point that I can make good financial decisions for myself and my family. I am a long term Thinker, my wife is a short term Thinker. I am the one, when I was 26 years old that decided if I wanted to retire and stay retired, I was going to have to begin investing. I began reading everything I could about how the stock market worked, compound intrest and financial growth. I will not bore you with that but just to say it is very important to save at minimum 15-20% of your income in a diversified mutual fund. If you can have this money direct deposited, on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, that is even better because since you will not see it, you will not spend it. By having the money deducted Pre-Tax, it also reduces your Taxable Income for the year and you pay less taxes. The money in the fund is not taxed until you start receiving it at a time when you decide to retire. We had a mantra in Primerica Financial that said "Failure to Plan, is Planning to Fail". This is very, very true. The time frame needed to grow a portfolio to a level that you can retire can be 20-30 years. I mention Vanguard, because that is who I have my portfolio with. They have Professional money managers that manage the portfolios on a daily basis. The fees paid by you and I to Vanguard to manage our portfolios are the lowest in the Industry. Much lower than Fidelity. The great thing now is that Vanguard has funds that they automatically reallocate your portfolio mix to more and more conservative as you near retirement. This is to preserve the principle that you have already acquired in your years of investing. I use Vanguard Target Retirement Funds. You decide on a year you would like to retire and choose that fund and your money is invested in a mix or stocks and bonds that may start out aggressive if you are young, and will grow more and more conservative as you get older. I used to manage my own funds in Vanguard, but I have gotten to the point that I understand the Professional Money managers know alot more than I do, are dealing with the market every day and have access to information I don't. I have turned it over to them and have not been disappointed even in these bad economic times. ****Another note, if you do not put into Social Security for a period of 40 quarters, you will not draw Social Security in your retirement years. Federal employees are also ineligible for Social Security which typically makes up nearly half of your Retirement Income. Also, protect yourself and family by purchasing Disability Insurance. Your Financial Future is Your Responbility. Remember, you don't have to understand it all, you just need to start.

Tim Ivey Feb 23 '13 · Comments: 1
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