How time flies with trapping season upon us.
Furbearing game animals in Indiana include beaver, coyote, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and stripped skunk.
Trapping season is as follows;
Coyote and Stripped Skunk: Oct. 15, 2011 to March 15, 2012
Red and Gray Fox: Oct. 15, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012
Beaver: Nov. 15, 2011 – March 15, 2012
Raccoon and Opossum: Nov 8, 2011 — Jan. 31, 2012
Mink, Muskrat, long tailed Weasel only: Nov. 15, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012
All trapping seasons are from 8 a.m. of the first day of the season to noon of the last day of the season eastern standard time. There are no daily bag or possession limits.
Brad Collings is president of the chapter 7F Fur Taker’s of America and an avid trapper. Anybody looking for trapping info or supplies you can call Brad on his cell phone at (765) 363-4110.
For up to date prices being paid for furs you can go to the website www.furharvesters.com.
We are getting a population of bobcat back in this part of the country and they are still on the endangered species list for Indiana, so leave them alone. We also have a small population of river otter, which is, like the bobcat, on the endangered list.
Brad is an outstanding outdoorsman and true to his sport.
Jack Glancy sent some words of wisdom in a nice letter. With over 55 years of trapping, he knows what he is talking about:
“It was about 1943 and World War II was in full swing. My father had placed seven or eight muskrats behind our coal stove to dry before selling them. Times were hard then and a dollar here and there helped pay for our families necessities. He worked in a steel mill in northern Indiana, which was an essential job for the war effort.
“We then moved to a small farm that had a creek running through it. Our whole family set traps the time we lived there. I continued to trap up to the present, therefore making it over 68 years so far.
“A lot of people are against the trapper and everyone has the right to choose their beliefs. It’s just many people don’t understand that animal populations must be controlled. It keeps animals from getting diseases like distemper, mange, and rabies. It keeps the animals from doing a lot of damage to trees, shorelines, dams and crops.
“The trapper doesn’t wish to eliminate the animals, but only help control them. It was the trappers in Indiana that helped re-establish the otters to our state. A while back the wolves were reintroduced in the Rocky Mountain states and now the fish and wildlife are attempting to get them removed from the endangered list and allow a controlled harvest, because of the great decline in their state’s elk, deer moose, and livestock. Provide them with adequate food, water, and cover and they will hold their own.
“It is not the trapper or hunter that cuts all the forests down and drains the marshes. In the waterfowl nesting areas of the country, if trapping was banned, duck populations would fall by 300 percent due to nest destruction by predators.
“Our nation’s trappers are constantly fighting the anti’s in the legal system to retain our rights to pursue our trapping heritage. A lot of outdoor sportsman doesn’t realize that we have already lost our battle in the states of California, Colorado, Washington and Massachusetts. The other states that have restricted trapping are Arizona, New Jersey, and Florida.
“So, next time you buy a faux fur just remember, it is made from petroleum products. We sure don’t have a surplus of that; however animals are a renewable resource.”
Thank you, Trapper Jack. Lifetime member of the National Trapper’s Association, Indiana State and Fur Taker’s of America.