I’ve been trapping since 1975 and overall interest in trapping definitely hinges on fur prices. I can see trapping harder when a coon is 35.00 instead of 3.50 but why do people that like to trap just completely shut down, not buy a license or drop their membership to trapping organizations? There’s no money in rabbit hunting, fly fishing or bird watching but they don’t quit those. Does it come down to it’s just flat work for little return when prices are low? Even if we just trap a little I’d think that a man would want to continue to support it. You don’t have to make big catches to still be a trapper.
UTK Life Member NRA Life Member Still trapping but getting slower
Only trapped 3 seasons so I consider myself a youngster when it comes to trapping. My opinion; if someone stops trapping because of prices, then they're not a true trapper. They're an opportunist. If I compare my investment compared to gain then I'm bankrupt. I trapped two years and threw away all my fur because I was told it wasn't worth the time to process to fur yet I still trapped the third year and processed the fur this time regardless of prices. I guess trapping is just like golf, you either love it or you hate it. I love both while losing money with both. Just my opinion!
I’m 50 yrs old and been trapping since I was in high school I guess so I don’t suppose I will ever completely shut down. There may be seasons that I trap certain species harder than others due to prices though. The lower prices go, the more money I make nuisance trapping. There are many other things i’d Like to say here but I better not.