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Kris Pope, from Coyote Trapping School, provides instruction and educational content for people interested in getting started, or getting better, at trapping furbearers and predators. Many people consider trapping a dying art, but there is still plenty of interest whether from outdoorsmen and women who are looking to further their outdoor skills, wildlife managers looking to enhance game populations through predator control, or survivalists interesting in knowing how to obtain food and fur i ...
 
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In this episode I review the different types of sets for coyotes and go over some coyote trapping basics, mainly sets, dirthole, flat, and scent post. Hopefully providing good information for beginner and experienced trappers alike. I also touch on an update to think mink cull we talked about last episode in Denmark. To get a Shortliner Trapping Ba…
 
I’ve got good news, better news and bad news, folks. The good news is that yesterday a book launched that will change minds, hearts and lives around the world. The better news is that Jo-Anne McArthur, co-editor of this book, took time out of an incredibly busy schedule this morning to chat with me about it. The bad news is that, because it’s 2020,…
 
In this episode I touch quickly on what could be a major impact on the fur market, related to COVID. Then I go through a general overview of coyote biology and behavior. As trappers, we should be experts on the game that we pursue, so I thought it might be helpful to review some data regarding coyotes, hopefully to improve our effectiveness as trap…
 
A lot of animals are tested upon and killed in the name of science, particularly biomedical research. In conversation, many people adopt a utilitarian attitude – the lives and deaths of these non-human animals is to benefit human health, an acceptable trade off. But what if it wasn’t benefiting human health – and what if, before the experiments eve…
 
In this episode I talk about eating furbearer meat. If you’re a trapper or hunter, odds are that you’ve at least considered eating various wild game. I think eating some of the meat we catch is a great opportunity to introduce others to wild game as well as give us some additional arguments to those who don’t approve of trapping. The fact is, when …
 
In this episode I answer some listener questions. I also talk a little about fur tanning (I just got my Texas furs back from the tannery!) and just some general trapper rambling. I hope you enjoy, I’ve got some interviews in the lineup that I’m pretty excited about so stay tuned and if your season has already come in, good luck! To get your hands o…
 
Anthrozoology is a fascinating field of study – simply put, it examines the interactions between humans and other animals. This is a broad concept, which is why so many fields overlap with it: anthropology, biology, philosophy, psychology and more. To me, the concept of combining these fields is daunting and intimidating; but thanks to many dedicat…
 
In this week’s episode I dig into some trapper survey data and find some historical data of trapper harvest from several different states, some dating back to the 1930s. It is very interesting data and highlights how important it is for trappers to accurately respond to those surveys. Our game agencies rely on us for good data, and if we don’t prov…
 
In a world with a 24-hour news cycle, robot trolls on the internet and unprecedented political changes, knowing where we stand on some core issues can be a bit… difficult. Fortunately, there are tools that can cut through the noise and help us find answers to understand where Canadians and Americans stand on animal-related matters. Mario Canseco, p…
 
It’s season eight! We’ve got a lot to catch up on – the pandemic, the outstanding contest, what’s going on with The Fur-Bearers and more – and we will catch up on all of that with a special episode soon. This week I want to dive right into our interview because of the timeliness and need for action on this issue. Southern Mountain caribou in Britis…
 
In this episode I have a deep discussion with Kyle Waltz of Conserv Wildlife Services. We talk in depth about Kyle’s business model and specifically the opportunity to partner with Conserv if you have or are wanting to start a wildlife control business. It is a very interesting conversation and certainly gives a wildlife control operator some thing…
 
In this episode I interview Ryan Carpenter, one of the R’s of R and R Trading Post. Ryan and his wife, Renee, have a fur sewing business in Pennsylvania. We talk about a wide range of topics including how Ryan got started trapping and how they got started in the fur sewing business. I love seeing our fur get used here locally instead of being shipp…
 
There are a lot more benefits to trapping than a fur check, which is a good thing in times like these when fur checks are slim to non existant! There are plenty of things that trapping teaches you, and the network and connections you make as a trapper can unlock opportunities that you may have never otherwise been able to take advantage of. As we a…
 
This is an interview with Kyle Kaatz about gland removal. Depending on the species the value of glands can really add up and by adding an extra couple minutes we can increase the yield from the trapline. To see the latest prices Kaatz Bros is paying for glands visit https://www.kaatzbros.com/reports/glands-essence-castor-and-carcasses-wanted/ We al…
 
In this episode I talk about one of the most important things in my life, my faith. I believe that we were put on this earth by our Heavenly Father, and that through His son, Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven and we can have a personal relationship with God. And one of the most important things in that relationship is spreading the Gospel a…
 
In this episode I share some of my findings and hopefully some helpful tips and tricks that I’ve picked up since I started doing leatherwork, particularly making beavertail items. I’ve had a good bit of success with the small effort I’ve put into it and have no doubt that it can be replicated. There are plenty of good resources on YouTube and other…
 
Shark Week has come and gone for the year, but your chance to learn and celebrate sharks can go thanks to a new book that brings together academic study and the thrill of learning about the ocean’s great predators. Shark Biology and Conservation: Essentials for Educators, Students and Enthusiasts is set to publish September 1, 2020 by John Hopkins …
 
Today I interview Bobby Dale Boyles, a Kentucky trapper. We cover a wide range of topics, one of the most interesting may be his tanning process. After talking with him I may have to try tanning again. You’re sure to enjoy this episode, non stop trapping talk! You can follow him on Instagram @bobbydaleboyles Trapping season is coming quickly, be su…
 
Wildlife corridors are a great idea: they connect habitats and ecosystems, allowing animals of all types to safely get across roads. As over 20,000 animals are killed, 570 motorists injured and $700,000 spent for clean up of animal-vehicle collisions in BC according to WildlifeCollisions.ca, corridors are also a wise investment. They come in many s…
 
In this episode I talk with NY trapper Linda White, to get a different perspective on trapping. We talk about how Linda and her husband run their trapline and bait and lure business, Sawmill Creek Bait and Lures, https://www.sawmillcreekbaitandlures.com/, which also lead to Linda starting Trapping Girl Inc, https://www.trappinggirlinc.com/. We disc…
 
Animal advocacy is a huge community. There’s folks like us at The Fur-Bearers, who focus on wildlife coexistence, habitat issues and a specific commercial issue; there’s groups like Coyote Watch Canada or North Shore Black Bear Society who focus on specific wildlife; then there’s groups who focus on farmed animals, domesticated animals, vegan princ…
 
In this episode I interview South Carolina trapper Bill Smith. We talk about beach trapping, another example of how trapping is conservation, along with gator trapping, and crawfish trapping, just to name a few things. Bill is a down to earth guy and you will enjoy this interview. You can follow him on instagram @coastal_land_and_wildlife. Trapping…
 
British Columbia has ordered the killing of hundreds of wolves as part of their caribou recovery plan in recent years. You can hear more about this plan, the maternal penning and ongoing habitat destruction in episodes past. A 2019 study gave scientific support to killing wolves to protect the caribou – despite widespread opposition, it largely bec…
 
In this episode I talk about some of my gator hunting and trapping stories from years past. Man I wish I had a video camera along back then, that would have made some great videos, but the least I can do is share some of these stories and hope that you get as much enjoyment out of them as I do reliving them. Trapping season is coming quickly, be su…
 
Media outlets paint wildlife as the perpetrators of actions against people. But in their own recounting of events, they show how humans often started the conflicts. Former journalist and host of Defender Radio Michael Howie explores this issue and asks the questions that went unanswered by media outlets when humans and wildlife come into conflict. …
 
In this episode I talk about some of the trapping resources that are available, and beneficial, for beginner and seasoned trappers alike. In today’s age there is more access to information than ever, some good, some just so-so. Here are a few of the good resources out there! As always, be sure to support our sponsors, Kaatz Bros Lures, www.kaatzbro…
 
In this episode I talk about my experience trapping invasive foxes on an Aleutian island in Alaska. It was quite the adventure and also quite the conservation success story. Since the 1940s there has been an initiative to remove the nonnative foxes from islands and restore them to seabird nesting grounds. Not just helping all seabirds populations b…
 
Nearly five years ago to the day, then-Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant famously refused an order to unnecessarily kill two healthy bear cubs; he was suspended, effectively fired and eventually left government service entirely. But just a few weeks ago, justices in BC’s appellant court ruled that the province did not play by their own rules, mea…
 
In this episode I talk with Frank Cisa, of Wildman Wildlife Removal & Exclusion, https://www.wildmantrapping.com/. We discuss a variety of items from tools to trapping tactics, and how Frank has grown his business. Frank is still a relatively new Wildlife Control Operator, but he is definitely doing something right as his business is growing and he…
 
In this episode I discuss some of the aspects of sales and selling in a wildlife control business. I explain how I’ve encountered and experienced that it is really more of a wildlife exclusion business, from a cash flow and efficiency standpoint. And several different approaches when selling to a customer. Ultimately it boils down to how well you s…
 
Black bears are common throughout much of Canada and, despite their gentleness and general lack of interest in people, end up the accused source of conflict with people regularly. Unfortunately, that also means that law enforcement agencies are the ones responding to, and frequently killing bears. These agencies can lack training, funding and/or th…
 
I have no words this week. There is nothing I can say that will soften the hurt facing people in North America, and particularly Indigenous peoples and people of colour. This is not the time for my voice. Now is the time for the voice of those who must be heard. This week, instead of Defender Radio, which will return next week with two new intervie…
 
In this episode I discuss a few different options for generating leads or calls for your wildlife control business. One key in my opinion is that you must be online, so you need a website. Then it boils down to whether you want to buy leads or generate them organically. Both options work but organic leads take more time to grow. I think its a good …
 
In this episode I review the recent NWCOA training I took. Their Wildlife Control Operator course is a basic course that covers a wide range of topics geared toward new Wildlife Control Operators (WCOs). If you are new to, or thinking about starting as a WCO I highly recommend this course. The best part was this session was taught online, so travel…
 
How can you tell the difference between a wolf and a coyote? What’s a coywolf? Do they live alone or in packs? Are their packs like wolves, or different? We asked for questions and we got ‘em! A few weeks back, I asked on social media what your questions would be for Lesley Sampson, Founder and Executive Director at Coyote Watch Canada. You answere…
 
In this episode I talk with Daniel Dekeyzer, a Georgia trapper who also runs a successful nuisance trapping business on the side. We talk about how he got started, where he gets business from, and in general how he runs his jobs. Gives a little more insight into how different trappers run their businesses. As always, be sure to support our sponsors…
 
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last time I posted an episode it was February and a global health emergency was landing hard in Canada and the United States. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 but a lot of questions remain. You’re probably not going to get answers to those questions on this podcast. B…
 
In this episode I talk through a spreadsheet I put together that outlines, and allows you to consider all the overhead costs that should be factored when you are pricing jobs. This sheet breaks your rate down into monthly, weekly, daily, and hourly rates or targets. This is something that you can use as a starting point when you are considering wha…
 
In this episode I review an article from the Wildlife Trends Journal, https://www.wildlifetrends.com/. A friend of mine actually sent me the article because of the cover picture, which was a photo of me when I worked for the USDA doing some predator trapping. This was a very informative article delving into alot of specifics around large scale quai…
 
In this episode I interview Stephen Vantassel, the Wildlife Control Consultant. Stephen hosts the “Living the Wild Life” segment of the Pest Geek Podcast. We talk all sorts of topics related to starting and running a wildlife control business, including the importance of contracts, proper messaging, and the National Wildlife Control Operators Assoc…
 
In this episode I interview Stephen Vantassel, the Wildlife Control Consultant. Stephen hosts the “Living the Wild Life” segment of the Pest Geek Podcast. We talk all sorts of topics related to starting and running a wildlife control business, including the importance of contracts, proper messaging, and the National Wildlife Control Operators Assoc…
 
In this episode I sit down with Kyle Waltz, host of the Wildlife Control Podcast. Kyle is a very successful wildlife control entrepreneur, having build and sold two successful businesses in Florida, First Coast Wildlife Services and Expel Pest Services. Kyle is still currently running, and growing Conserv Wildlife Services. I discovered Kyle throug…
 
In this episode I sit down with Kyle Waltz, host of the Wildlife Control Podcast. Kyle is a very successful wildlife control entrepreneur, having build and sold two successful businesses in Florida, First Coast Wildlife Services and Expel Pest Services. Kyle is still currently running, and growing Conserv Wildlife Services. I discovered Kyle throug…
 
This is the first episode in a multi episode series on starting and growing a nuisance trapping business. In this episode I give an introduction on starting and growing my nuisance business, and some of my learnings thus far. In the coming episodes I will have interviews with some professionals in the wildlife control industry as well as some of my…
 
In this episode I review some of the recent state fur auctions and discuss how the dreaded Coronavirus is or may affect the market, its having global impacts that will likely go on for several months it looks like. Overall the fur market looks about the same as it has the last few years. I touch on several somewhat southern sales and the coyote pri…
 
In this episode I look back over this past trapping season, they seem to take forever to get here yet pass by so quickly. Overall I didn’t hit this season quite as hard as past seasons, but I had a few things going on too. I did make a trapping trip to west Texas, which was a blast. And for the home trapline I made great use of the Onx Hunt app, ht…
 
Eighty-one per cent of BC’s southern mountain caribou local populations have lost more habitat than what’s needed for survival. That’s the lede from the Wilderness Committee news item announcing the release of the NGO’s report, State of Southern Mountain Caribou Habitat in BC: Exceeding Disturbance Limits. The fate of the mountain caribou in this r…
 
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