Most people I know – myself included – are thinking about deer right now. But another season opened on November 15 that we shouldn’t ignore: trapping season. In recent years, the numbers of furbearers have skyrocketed in Missouri. Critters like raccoons, ‘possums, skunks, coyotes, and foxes are more numerous than they’ve been in decades.
I really didn’t think much about this trend until just a couple of years ago, when I began to realize that lots of furbearers mean less game animals for folks like you and me to hunt. Because turkey and quail nests often get destroyed by animals like skunks and ‘possums, and newborn deer fawns lose their lives to coyotes and raccoons, our hunting seasons suffer unless we work to reduce the number of furbearers that roam our woods.
If you don’t trap, it’s easy to get started. Bass Pro provides a variety of easy-to-use products that makes removing these problematic critters relatively simple. Cage traps like these are the easiest to set up and use, and are very effective at catching ‘possums and raccoons. If you live in an area where free roaming dogs or cats are common, Duke’s Dogproof Traps are a great option. Finally, for those who have the time and desire to use more traditional trapping methods try Duke’s Coil Spring Traps or Body Gripping Traps. But please be careful if you’ve never used a coil spring or body gripping trap before. They are dangerous, and it’s best to have someone with experience to show you the ins and outs of using them safely.
So once your deer season is in the books, get your hands on a few traps and remove from furbearers from your neck of the woods. I’d love to hear how your trapping season goes. Let me know!
Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro Team Member