Bobcat I released when pulling traps. Bob Parker was hunting cats and I told him where I released the cat. At the Wilton Sportman”s Show he showed me a pic of a 40 lb cat he had taken in the same area.
40 lb male
My son Steve In the background you can see the drag trail coming down the road. 4lb drag was quite a pull for a 20 some lb coyote.
That last one would have made me rent a skidder or dozer to do the same to their CAR!
Then I'd have to catch their dog and turn it in to the local pound for fixin, shots, haircut, nails trimmed, etc... oh and give the pound the dog owners name and phone number!
The general trapping season starts the day after bear season ends. One difference coming up will be fisher and marten not starting until Nov 15+/- and ending Dec 15+/-. This is due to the state wide lack of fisher.
Friend of mine used to trap fisher off Bob Parkers bait sites. No doubt they would be good areas. I know I've seen where fisher, cat and coyote have visited bear sites long into the winter. Coyotes will dig up the old areas where fryer oil has been dumped and soaked into the ground.
One difference coming up will be fisher and marten not starting until Nov 15+/- and ending Dec 15+/-. This is due to the state wide lack of fisher.
The sad part is the Department didn't take into account that Fisher prices had been down to $25-$30 for the past few years and this year they went back up close to $100 each! I don't for a minute believe there is a state-wide fisher crisis but possibly a regional lull in catch numbers.
This new proposed season is better than a limit because it allows trappers to keep what they catch, but they should have thought is out a bit more. At least in southern Maine trappers still have problems with deer hunters and I feel the "season" should open the day after deer season and go through December 31.
I was running 50 baits in the Ashland area for some time, we had martin at probably half the baits. I didnt realize they moved the season, we had a guy trapping off the baits 3 years ago after bear season and he did very well.
Nope, use to run some in Ashland on state land and paper company land, some over in Chapman on state land, and some in Portage. The guy I was partnering with was too much of a hot head to deal with so we went our seperate ways. Too bad, I could of bought him out at one point for cheap money. Nice lodge and he had a pretty decent route, but trying my baiting tactics was not in his game plan although they proved to be successfull. Last I heard he still had all the baits and was running the show himself with a handfull of hunters, certainly wont pay the bills!!