Monday, September 22, 2008

Trapping Season Again!


Any good kayaker knows that no one lives from their efforts on the water. There just aren't enough resources for all of us out there and there are too many conflicting issues keeping us off the water. Thus we all look for alternative things to do.

In the fall, animals are looking for their winter homes after a long summer frolicking in the fields and forests. Where do they often find their winter abodes? They move in with us, naturally. We work hard to make ourselves comfortable, a fact not lost on our animal friends.

This leads me to my present acitivity. Setting out my fall trapline. It runs from the basement to the attic. Once it's laid out, I'll be making the trapline run most mornings to harvest the night's catch. Then it's sorting by species, size, pelt quality and so on before heading down to the local fur trader. That reminds me, I'm right out of stretching frames for field mouse pelts. If I want furlined neoprene paddling mitts this year, I'd better pick up a few frames right away!

10 comments:

Silbs said...

If you put those little bits of cheese on little plates, you will attract more of what you seems to be looking for.

Michael said...

Silbs - good idea, although I may end up eating them myself defeating the whole purpose! LOL

clairesgarden said...

maybe you need to get a few housecats? you know, the ones you'll feed so well they don't actually need to chase the mice for you??

Michael said...

Claire - I do have a cat, but she does her hunting outdoors and in the barn. I do the indoor trapping! I like your riding picture BTW.

Douglas Wilcox said...

I feel no pity. Last year their illegitamate Scottish cousins ate my favourite 5.7 weindsurfing sail and my cag and peed in my Optio drawer. Fortunately that drawer contains gadgets that have proved less than useful. But I was insulted by their urinations nontheless. I find peanut butter to be a most acceptable bait.

Michael said...

Douglas - I agree with using peanut butter as bait as well. It really brings a gloss to the prepared pelt!

gfid said...

ditto on the peanut butter. i dunk a raisin in some, and they find it irresistable. i want to see a picture of your mouse pelt stretcher ;0) lol

Richard Hayes said...

Peanut butter works, but you should employ the ultimate bait - a chocolate chip - Death by Chocolate...

Francois said...

Hi Michael,

Great text LOL!

Last year I trapped with Raisins Glosette, I caught a few in only minutes of setting up the traps!

Francois said...

This is why cheese do not work...

http://www.imagebam.com/image/0bc3e814257461