There was once a time when you would find a trap-line at every farm house across the nation in rural areas. They were setup for catching raccoon and other small animals that cause big damage to homes and livestock. However, times have changed and you won’t find that a common practice now. But, with the growth of the raccoon population, they are becoming troublesome once again. Therefore, the Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance Trapper’s are going to hold a camp in Tulsa, OK to teach youth how to set up trap-lines themselves.
Fur trapping started in the US many years ago to support making beaver pelt top hats. Eventually, the European market no longer had a need so it slowly dwindled down to nothing over the years. Then from the 1960’s to 1980’s fur trapping came back because furbearing animals were plentiful once again. However, bad things came out of this period when people acted unethically and began stealing or shooting fur-bearing animals. There is a wrong way and a right way to control an animal population and that’s where the youth camp steps in.
The Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance trapper’s camp will be scheduled for December 28th – 31st near Chickasha. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The camp will cover all aspects of trapping in Oklahoma with instruction from experienced trappers. The cost is $25, which covers meals and a one year membership to the OFA with a subscription to Trapper and Predator Caller magazine. Adults can attend for $20 to cover their meals.
Anyone interested should contact Alliance secretary John Weygandt at 918-645-5667. For more information on the Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance you can visit their website at: www.oktrapper.com/youth.