The New Mexico Trappers Association (NMTA) is a non-profit, family-oriented organization with a heavy focus on education and young trappers. We have come together as a group to provide education and training for all trappers to practice "Wise Use" of our renewable fur resources.
Wise use includes educating the public as to the necessity of trapping and harvesting fur-bearer populations. We work in close association with cattlemen and ranchers and especially with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Our youth are our future. We strongly promote the education and training of our youth and others who desire to trap. We encourage all trappers to improve their techniques, to know the proper and safe use of their equipment, to know and practice the proper methods of taking the target animals, to be aware and informed of regulations and laws, and to improve their fur handling skills to increase their fur marketability.
Harvesting bobcats is a practice often misunderstood but we'll share the truth about trapping bobcats. Learn more about this predator and the tasty meal it can provide your family!
AFWA’s Trapping Program Manager, Bryant White, will explain the development of BMP’s and how they are used for Trapping.
Best Management Practices (BMPs) and modifying your own traps
Idaho DFG Furbearer Biologist demonstrates how to avoid non-target catches with trap placement, pan tension and baits
AFWA’s Trapping Program Manager, Bryant White, will demonstrate how cage traps work and best species to capture with them.
Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist, Jenna Malinowski, will give a basic overview of how cable restraints are used for trapping.
Idaho DFG Furbearer Biologist, Cory Mosby, will demonstrate how to avoid non-target species while using lethal trapping systems.
Join a family of trappers as they run a real line in tough, frozen conditions on a farm they've never trapped in western Kentucky. Along the way you'll learn the basics of making an effective dirt-hole set for coyotes, how to properly bed traps, and how to choose trapping locations in a new area. You'll get to see a couple coyote catches and a bobcat, too.
Our predator trapping methods, especially our dirt hole sets, have been the same for years. People are always asking for the “magic bean” to improve their success, but there isn’t one. Good tools, equipment, and location is what it’s all about. This week we take you through the step by step process of creating one of our favorite trapping setups, the dirt hole. A simple dirt hole setup is a great trapping set for the novice to seasoned.
See what happened on the first check day of a 30 trap line targeting nest predators this past spring.
Randy Newberg is back out trapping muskrats this spring. He goes to a familiar spot where a landowner had has an overabundance of muskrats which has caused erosion along his creek. Randy spends the morning setting muskrat traps and explaining what he is doing along the way.
Hunting with Randy Newberg takes you on the final video of our muskrat trapping experience. In this episode we show how to skin, stretch, and prepare muskrats for the fur auction.
The Professional Trapper's College Furbearer Management Short Course.
The purpose of AFWA's Furbearer Management and Best Management Practices for Trapping Program (BMPs) is to improve regulated trapping by evaluating trapping devices and techniques used for the capture of furbearers and educating those who use traps about the most humane, safe, selective, efficient and practical devices. Traps are evaluated using standards and protocols developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Since the inception of this program in 1997, over 600 trap types have been evaluated for 23 species of furbearers with a North American investment of some $40 million dollars.
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