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Bill Babler and I set our first traps on Taney yesterday. Bill is an old trapper from his college days so he had traps and know-how. I got the dirt.

We only set 9 traps - had 5 coons and 1 red fox this morning. No one has trapped on upper Taney for years so there's alot of fur running loose.

Babler wants some mounts for his lodge. I just want the pelts to hang in the shop.

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I use to trap when I was a kid and couldnt wait for my issue of Fur Fish and Game a great magazine that I still think is in publication. Before the government subsidies ran out it was a great way to make some extra cash for a kid growing up in rural Oklahoma.

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I did some trapping with my Dad when I was a kid. We weren't trying to make any money, just trying to decrease the number of raccoons we had to keep out of the sweet corn during the summer. We also trapped some muskrats when they tried to turn a dam into swiss cheese. It sounds like you have plenty of raccoons for the taking. Good luck and have fun with the trapping.

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Hey trappers, not supprised to hear you have had a high catch rate on Upper Taney. When I am down there night fishing I hear and see lots of critters. I have tried my hand at trapping but was less sucessful--so no tips from me. I must say, however, that I am hoping the fox didn't come from the rocking chair hole area. There is a friendly fox there that apparently likes to watch guys with flyrods catching fish. Don't tell me if it's him.

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I wouldn't think one could trap up there... but I don't know. But no- these animals come from downstream 6 miles or so.

Got another red fox today... done for awhile.

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Bill Babler and I set our first traps on Taney yesterday. Bill is an old trapper from his college days so he had traps and know-how. I got the dirt.

We only set 9 traps - had 5 coons and 1 red fox this morning. No one has trapped on upper Taney for years so there's alot of fur running loose.

Babler wants some mounts for his lodge. I just want the pelts to hang in the shop.

My brother and I used to make a fair amount of money back in the mid-70s. Coons were our main quarry, but you can't help but get possums along with coons. I also got some beaver, mink, muskrats, and a couple of foxes...1 gray 1 red. I wish everybody would grab a few #2 double springs and get after the coons...we'd probably have more quail again.

I see lots of mink at Taney. Do you know hw to do a 'mink hole water set'? Those little guys can be kinda slippery. Use some sardines for bait. Every coon and mink in the county will find your sets.

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There are tons of coons and mink here. I'd love to catch a mink--will have to reply on Bill's help on that one... or anyone else you wants to teach a green-trapper like me.

We really do have alot of "fur" here, as Bill would say. I think I may take my boys out next week and set another trap or two.

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I have always enjoyed watching the streamside wildlife

as I drifted Taney.

Commented last trip how it'd be a great place

to live if I was a critter:

lots to eat...

nothing to bother you...

guess I spoke too soon.

Im not really against hunting or trapping at all.

I just like seeing the wildlife along the shore.

Hope you guys aren't TOO successful.

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I have never trapped but wondered what you guys do with the meat. My buddies dad used to trap and they always ate the coon. roasted or in a stew. It was pretty good.

I have always enjoyed watching the streamside wildlife

as I drifted Taney.

Commented last trip how it'd be a great place

to live if I was a critter:

lots to eat...

nothing to bother you...

guess I spoke too soon.

Im not really against hunting or trapping at all.

I just like seeing the wildlife along the shore.

Hope you guys aren't TOO successful.

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