The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 14, 2013

Teaching trapping at Russell Wildlife

OSKALOOSA —

A fur harvester education class was held at Russell Wildlife Area this past Saturday.

The class set out to teach anyone wanting to trap fur-bearing animals the right way to do so.

Mike Long, an at-large director with the Iowa Trappers Association, Inc., was on hand during the class. Long said the class covered numerous different approaches to trapping.

The class wasn't limited to just in-class instruction, noted Long.

“We skinned racoons this morning,” said Long, while describing the fur harvesting process.

Laws associated with trapping, as well as the ethics of trapping, were also part of the class, Long said.

Trapping and fur harvesting has become more popular in recent years.

“It's becoming more now because fur prices have come up,” explained Long. “Five years ago, fur prices were down quite a bit.”

There are many different trap designs, said Long.

“There are different traps for land,” Long said. “There are different traps for water and for different species of animals that you're going to catch.”

To learn more, visit www.iowatrappers.com.

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