School Days: Two Raccoons and a ’Possum

11 School Days

Caleb Hershberger, 12, Ohio

With help from his dad, an Ohio boy
had a great first trapping season


My name is Caleb Hershberger.  My first trapping experience was when my dad said that trapping season is coming. I bought traps and got lure that my grandpa made. I was ready to go trapping.

When the season opened, I marched into our woods and set some dirthole sets and cubby sets. The next day, I was excited to check my traps and hurried to my sets, but to my disappointment, I had nothing. The next day was the same and the next, too, so I asked my dad for some help, and we changed my sets.

The next day, I ran as fast as a rabbit to my sets, and what do you know? There was a nice raccoon. I was all happy, but I couldn’t kill the raccoon myself, so I ran for my dad. He came and killed the ’coon for me.

After that, I checked the last set and I had an opossum. I call them smileys. I killed that ’possum. It was my catch for the day.

I want to thank my dad for all the help and time he put into trapping to help me. My catches that year were two raccoons and one opossum.

“School Days” is sponsored by Duke Traps and the Wisconsin Trappers Association. Winners receive six traps, a Wisconsin Cooperative Trapper Education video, an NTA handbook and a membership to their state’s trappers association. To be considered, send a 300- to 500-word story and photo of the trapper to School Days, The Trapper & Predator Caller, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990; or email the story and photo to Please make sure to include the trapper’s name, age and address.


This column appeared in the December 2013 issue of Trapper & Predator Caller.

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