Monday, March 3, 2014

Trapping Season 2013- 2014...by Riley

The first set I put out in November was a deer carcass staked up the hill from the house with a foothold trap in front of it. It produced a coyote on the 5th night. 

The next set to produce was a dirt hole out on the milo field a 1/4th of a mile from the house by an oil field drive. It caught a coyote a couple weeks after the set was made. 





A few weeks passed, by that time it was the middle of December, and I hadn't caught anything else, so I made a dirt hole behind the shop where Daddy works about 5 miles down the road. It produced a coyote the first night. 

The next catch was the beginning of January: a bobcat in a snare on the edge of a grass field by some trees about a 1/2 mile from the house. 




It went about 2 more weeks and I caught a coyote in a snare a couple hundred feet away from where the bobcat was snared. About three weeks later I caught another coyote in a snare ten feet down the trail from the previous coyote. 

It went a little while... One day I went with Daddy down to Sawyer to work on something at the farm where he used to work, and saw lots of coon tracks. I set three traps. One connected with a coon the first night. There was nothing for a couple more nights, then a coon opened the connector on the trap chain and got away with the trap. Several days later we were back down at Sawyer. I set two more traps to make it three again. About a week later one connected with another coon. During that time on a trip to Sawyer, we picked up a coon that had been hit on the road. That was the day before season ended. 



The next week after season ended we took everything to the fur buyer. I got $125 for the bobcat, $25 each for two coyotes, and $12 for one coyote. As for the other two; I messed one up trying to skin it while it was frozen and had to throw it out, the other one was too mangy to keep. I got $20 for one coon, $14 for one coon, and $7 for one coon. I'm happy with what I got this season. Next season I hope to catch 10 coyotes, 3 bobcats, and 15 coons.


2 comments:

  1. Way to go Riley! Well written post too! Hope you meet your goal next year! Mamaw

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  2. Cool bobcat !! Have you asked my dad, Charles, about the bobcat he got a couple years ago? :)

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