Youth on the Trapline

Nearly every association we work with through Trapper & Predator Callerhas a strong emphasis on youth, whether that is through training classes, camps, other education efforts or simply encouraging trappers to bring young people out on the trapline with them. That emphasis is increasingly important as our hobby (or trade for some) is practiced by fewer and fewer people. The future of trapping lies in the hands of the youth.Unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more stories like this one: Trapping is a dying trade.”

The article by Angela Hill of the The Prince Albert Daily Herald certainly does not paint a rosy picture of trapping’s future in Canada and beyond:

Once a thriving fur industry helped shape Canada, but now the skills
and culture surrounding the trapline are disappearing faster than the
close of a Conibear trap.

Trapper James Ratt has his own theories on why the younger generation is largely not out setting traps:

Ratt easily identified the two main reasons there are fewer trappers then ever before.

First, many of the next generation are no longer interested in trapping
or the survival skills that go with it. With a rapidly changing economy
many trappers can no longer afford their own trade.

Television and video games are also contributing to the decreased
interest for youth said Charles, who said that other youth are more in
tune with modern pop culture then cultural traditions and find the idea
of trapping animals unpalatable.

“Youngsters get addicted and once they get addicted to things like that
… they get lazy. They don’t want to get up, start chopping wood or
anything like that,” he said.

No matter how you look at the situation, one thing is clear: Trappers and trapping associations have to continue to emphasize youth in everything we do.

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