My trapping history began in 1980 with a pair of old Victor number 1 long springs I found hanging on a nail in Grandpa’s garage. After a quick lesson on how they worked they were soon sitting in the small creek that ran through the pasture. The very next day I found my first muskrat. Right after dinner that night Dad took me to a local fur buyer where I traded that rat for another brand-new trap. That was it, I was hooked. I spent that season catching muskrats and buying new traps. By the end of the season that fur buyer had taught me to skin and flesh, I had a good supply of traps built up and couldn’t wait for the next season to start.
The following year brought the introduction of land trapping. Coons were plentiful, and the market was strong. The muskrats and coon had become easy to trap, lacking the challenge I wanted, so the fur buyer suggested I try my hand at fox. After a lesson in his yard and some instruction on where to find these sly critters, He handed me three dyed traps and a bottle of lure. A few days later I had my first fox. He taught me to skin, flesh and stretch it then handed me 20 bucks to boot. Which I used to buy more traps.
I realized, a few years later, that the fur buyer had given me something much greater than a hobby. He had introduced me to my first passion. Something I was good at. Real good at. Soon I was helping friends and teaching others to trap. I went to work for that fur buyer skinning and putting up fur.
Since then, there have been hundreds of critters caught, thousands of traps set, and dozens of people taught. Trapping has become a lifestyle. Something I do every day. Whether I am actively trapping, preparing for the next season or attending the next trapping convention. Which is why I started this class, to pass this passion on to others. I am not a “big numbers” trapper and don’t take hundreds of animals a year. I offer sound, time tested strategies that catch fur. I teach basic skills used by every trapper year in and year out. I am a very active member of the National Trappers Association, the New York State Trappers Association and the Oswego County Trappers Association and attend trapping conventions across the country.
"The only rule in trapping is that there are no rules."
~ Jack Spriggs