Is the Set Location or the Bait More Important in Trapping?

By Jack Spencer Jr. There are two common theories I often hear from trappers when trying to explain trapping success. Is it the magical location or the tempting bait we trappers purchase or make on our own that produces catches? … [Read More]

Utah and West Virginia to Offer Coyote Bounties

As coyote populations rise in many areas, the predators can become a threat to farm animals and pets. And as that threat increases, some wildlife agencies find that they don’t have the resources to control the growing problem themselves. Outdoor … [Read More]

Video: Coyotes Take Down Healthy 6-Point Buck

If you’re looking to gain access to some new trapping or predator hunting ground this winter, try showing the landowners in your area this video. The footage from a South Carolina trail cam shows a seemingly healthy 6-point buck being … [Read More]

Is Birth Control the Future of Coyote Management?

A research team from the University of Wyoming is studying the possibility of using chemical contraception to help control coyote populations. The group, led by zoology doctoral candidate Marjie MacGregor, has been experimenting with deslorelin, a hormone that makes coyotes sterile. … [Read More]

Fur Handling 101: Skinning Your Catch

By Jim Spencer Well-prepared, properly stretched and dried fur pelts are usually worth more than green fur, but a poorly handled pelt is worth far less because there aren’t any do-overs. Here’s a step-by-step guide for getting it right.

How to Modify and Adjust Your Traps

Trap Modification and Adjustment (An excerpt from T&PC Executive Editor Jim Spencer’s “Guide to Trapping”) Some trap manufacturers have made the advertising claim that their traps were ready for the trapline “right out of the box.” Don’t believe it. Every … [Read More]

Do Ranchers Have a Right to Be Free From Predators?

“No” is the answer from Montana hunting guide George Wuerthner. In his column for New West, he asserts that predator hunting is a subsidy benefiting ranchers only. Instead, ranchers should practice other methods. From the column: Killing predators to appease … [Read More]

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