Modern Day Trapping- Fun, Profitable and Aids Conservation
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, trapping in the state is typically a $5 to $10 million dollar a year industry. Fur pelts from the state provide the world’s clothing industry with raw materials that are turned into clothing and other apparel. Trapping also creates an income opportunity to those who participate in the sport, although a lot of trappers just trap for the fun and outdoor experience that it provides.
Trapping is also a valuable tool in the control of species that as popular to hunters or are very difficult to hunt.
Skunks, raccoons, mink and opossums can be very destructive to ground nesting birds such as quail, pheasants or
turkeys. Coyotes, foxes and bobcats also are detrimental to fawn deer and turkey poults populations and can even kill adults as well.
Beaver and muskrats damage pond dams and surrounding trees and shrubs.
Trapping also helps control possible outbreaks of disease. If populations reach peak numbers an outbreak of a disease such as distemper can occur and create problems for landowner’s livestock and pet-owners.
Trapping also maintains the balance between people and wildlife tolerance. Pets, crops, and shrubbery are destroyed unless the animal population is controlled in a safe orderly fashion.
Trappers are required to label their traps and also check their traps daily. They also must have the landowner’s permission if they are trapping on private property. Trappers need to check with authorities about trapping on public property such as U.S Corps of Engineers or Conservation areas, special regulations usually apply.
Great care should be taken to place traps so they will not catch or disturb domestic pets. Use live traps near urban areas and place signs that indicate traps maybe present.
Fur pelts can be sold or tanned for your own use. For further trapping information contact an Bass Pro Associate or call your local conservation department.
Equipment, accessories and misc items that you will need:
· Resident Missouri Trapping permit- $10.00
· Leghold traps $7.99 to $10.99 each
· Body Grip traps $ 5.99 to $16.99 each
· Live Traps $54.99 and up each
· Trapping lures or baits (jar) $6.99 & up
· Misc equipment needed-wire, pliers, trap stakes, hatchet, small shovel, garden trowel, trap tags, and bucket or trap basket
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