Otter Trapping Season Open in Illinois for First Time Since 1929

An otter trapping season opened this week in Illinois. It’s the first otter season in the state since 1929. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released 346 otters in the state in 1994, when the population was estimated at less than 100. … [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]

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