Conservation and Trapping Science

Trapping Wolves with Alan Probst (audio)
Oct 14, 2021 08:30 ET

October 14, 2021

In many ways, the United States was built on trapping and the fur trade. Those humble roots have catapulted us into the sophisticated world we live in today, but along the way, trapping has become somewhat of a lost art/skill. Alan Probst is the host of "North American Trapper" and a skilled trapper. He joins The Revolution this week to discuss the interesting history of trapping as well as the how-to's of wolf trapping. He'll also explain how a low fur market contributes to a rise in predators. Listen in.

Rifle hunters can shoot an animal at ranges of 600 yards and even further. Muzzleloader hunters can effectively take an animal at ranges around 200 yards. Bowhunters generally shoot animals at 20 to 40 yards, although 100 yards isn't unheard of. In short, hunters have a lot of flexibility when it comes to getting an opportunity to shoot an animal. Trapping, however, is much more precise and leaves far less room for error. In order to successfully trap an animal, they usually have to step inside a 1 or 2-inch square area. It's this challenge that gave Alan the "fever" at just 7 years old after trapping his first muskrat and the same "fever" that has driven his passion for trapping ever since. This kind of precision that trapping requires can make people think that it's too complicated or difficult so they write it off without trying. Trapping isn't an exclusive club though, Alan says, and anyone can do it. Anyone can go out and chase these critters and find success with just a couple simple techniques, he says.

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