Okay, The Fisher sent these in and to tell you the truth, they may stir the PETA pot a bit. I am going to post these here, but if the PETA people start ranting, I will move the post to the controversial forum.
Thanks for putting up those pics Webdude. That is my grandfather. As I recall I took these pics over Thanksgiving vacation..my Jr. year of high school. OUCH..that hurts. In Junior and Senior High I would go spend some vacation time with my grandparents and he and I ran a trap line. At that time in history those bobcats brought about $100 a piece, the raccoons about $20-25 depending on size, and foxes or coyotes about $30 a piece.
After football season was over I ran a before school trapline and then trapped with my grandfather on vacations. I usually could net $1000.00 or so in that time. Twenty years ago that bought a good deal of gas, dating, pizza, and movie excursions for a testostrone ridden teenager.
Growing up in a small rural town there were not many employment opportunities outside of farmwork for a kid before/after school or on vacations...so if I could make a good chunk of change in the outdoors while spending time with a grandparent I admired it was a true triple win situation.
He taught me (and I believe it is true) that perhaps the greatest outdoor challenge was to target a specific intelligent animal with great survival instincts and then make that animal place its foot in the one square inch of all creation that you wanted it to. That square inch being your trap pan. You did more than read animal sign..you learned to think as that animal thought and predict its next move and why it would do so. It was a great mental and biological exercise that carries over to other hunting and fishing endeavors as well.
Anyway...with the new hunting forum I thought a few blast from the past furbearer pics might be fun to see. By the way...that largest bobcat looks like a deer to me until you see the pads of his feet! I can't remember the pounds...but he was HUGE!
Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954