Fur trapping is a skillset that many preppers overlook. While the fur industry is in decline and it is not a financially viable occupation for most people anymore, it is still a valuable skill to possess.
When you learn to trap, you learn to read animal signs and figure out the best way to catch them. Most animals you can trap can also be eaten, so it is a good way to increase your food supply.
Your trapline will be working 24/7 while you are doing other important things other than hunting for food.
Holiday vacations are a great time to dip your toe into the world of the fur trapper, and learn a few skills.
Where to find traps
If you are planning ahead and looking to next year keep your eye open at yard sales and auctions. I have found many good deals at these two places.
One surprising place to look is antique stores. Most of the time the traps will be over priced wall hangers, but every once in a while you may find one that is a good bargain.
Craigslist or ebay are two places to locate some traps. Many times people will be getting rid of some they found in their barn.
Another trapper will sometimes part with some of his extra traps, especially to help a new person get started.
If all else fails you can buy new traps.
Learning the skills
The best way to learn to trap is to have a mentor. Find someone already trapping and ask to tag along and help. You will begin to see how traps are set, learn some of the mistakes that can be made, learn about fur handling, and just maybe make a little cash if the trapper takes you on as a junior partner.
If you can’t find a local trapper you can ask your local wildlife officer if he knows of any. They can usually point you in the right direction.
If you can’t find someone to teach you, read all you can about the subject, watch youtube videos and strike out on your own.
Where to sell your furs
You can do an online search for fur buyers in your area.
Again your local wildlife officer should know if anyone locally buys furs.
Many times a local trapper will buy a small amount at a discount to resell.
Otherwise you can ship your furs to an auction, or try your hand at tanning and crafting them into something useful.
All in all fur trapping is a valuable prepper skill that is worth your time to master. It will feed your family and possibly give you cash flow or a bartering resource.
Author is Anonymous