Trapping 101 (Paperback)

A Complete Guide to the Art and Skill of Taking Furbearing Animals

By Philip Massaro

Skyhorse, 9781510716339, 184pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

List Price: 16.99*
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Tips, tactics, and techniques for all skill levels.

The ancient art of trapping goes back centuries, almost to the beginning of civilization. Native Americans used the pit trap, deadfalls, and snares, the Chinese documented the use of nets and pits in the fourth century BCE, and virtually every civilization can exhibit some example of the use of a trap in one form or another to procure meat, hides, or fur. The fur trade across Europe was dominated by the Russians, which provided furs to the greater part of Western Europe and Asia during the Middle Ages, which prompted the exploration of Siberia and its game rich forests. In North America, trapping was one of the primary reasons why settlers pushed West, taking advantage of the bountiful game across the continent. Fur was used not only for coats, hats, and mittens, it was used as a form of barter.
The taking of a fur-bearing animal was and is a big accomplishment, as fooling a crafty animal on its home territory is no easy feat. In Trapping 101, veteran trapper Phil Massaro reveals all the secrets of the trade, from knowing where to set traps, to understanding and using various types of traps, to properly using scents. Tips and tactics for taking beavers, muskrats, weasels, raccoons, skunks, otters, and more are all covered. While there is a wealth of information in here for beginners, information that will help them pick up trapping with relative ease, there are many subtle tips and tricks that even a veteran trapper will appreciate.
Times have, of course, changed since the days of the voyageurs and rendezvouses. There are many more people in this modern world, many more dwellings, many more towns and cities. But there is a place for trapping in all this, just as there are places for hunting and fishing. A knowledgeable trapper, following game rules and respecting the animals he is trying to trap, fits right into the grand scheme of Mother Nature existing in harmony with humankind. This book will help you achieve that. 

About the Author

Philip P. Massaro is the founder and president of Massaro Ballistic Laboratories, which creates custom handloaded ammunition. In addition to his ballistics work, Massaro is the author of Gun Digest Shooters Guide to Reloading, Handloader's Digest, and Understanding Ballistics: Complete Guide to Bullet Selection. He is a contributor to Cartridges of the World, 15th Edition, and Gun Digest the Magazine. Massaro lives in upstate New York.
Philip J. Massaro moved to upstate New York at the age of nine and quickly fell in love with the great outdoors. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, and began his career as a land surveyor, all the while enjoying the sports of hunting and trapping. He was a founding member of the Columbia County Trapper’s Association, as well as being certified to teach the New York State Trapper’s Safety Course. He has owned his own land surveying business since 1982, and became partners with his son Philip P. Massaro in 2003.