How to trap and catch coyotes, keep learning with trapperchick at the Arkansas Trappers Association
Practice Makes Perfect, or Does It
Making a good set is something that comes with research, experience and hard work. Well that is the standard way people would explain it. I have talked to several trappers over the years about how they make their sets and discuss how I make mine. It is amazing the things you can learn by just talking plus the resources you have at your fingertips with the internet and all the countless DVDs. My problem in learning to make good sets is that I am a kinesthetic (hands on) learner. I do pick things up from watching, reading and listening, but the best way to learn is to “Just Do It”.
When I was teaching coyote trapping at the Arkansas Trappers Association workshop this weekend I learned a lot of things about my own style of trapping from people asking me “why” I did this or that. It was funny because sometimes my only answer was “just because that’s what works for me”. I know that is a lame answer but when you do something over and over you forget why you do it that way. The questions made me reflect and really think why and is there a better way. I think every trapper should stop and really question their styles and methods to maybe see things they could do different, or just have a twelve year old kid watch your every move and they will MAKE you think about it.
The largest “AhHa” moment was when one group came to my section and they were all veteran (Smelly Trappers) trappers. I choked and just sat down on the ground terrified. I looked at the group of senior trappers and asked if they just wanted me to sit quietly or let them teach me something. They were very nice and laughed. Then one said for me to do my thing so I did. It was funny the reactions I got from them. They played with the type traps I use and talked baits and lures and pointed out to me the things I did that they do and pointed out the things we do different. Even if I didn’t teach them one thing about trapping they walked away with an understanding of some equipment that I use that they had not had in their hands, and I walked away with more knowledge than I had walked in with.
During my classes the people had access to check out, pick up or play with whatever I was using. The new trappers got a better understanding of the styles of traps on the market, the tools they will need to make different sets, and the other resources such as peat moss that they want to use. Me being a kinesthetic learner felt that if they could hear me talk about it, see me do it, and touch the equipment that more of the information might stick with them. I recommend young or old, “Get Some” stage or “Smelly Trapper” stage that everyone benefits from the opportunity to see how someone else approaches making sets.