Preventing Trap Theft
Follow these nine rules to reduce trap and fur stealing.
- Tag all traps. In addition, mark your traps with your initials or a particular number.
- Dye your traps, and try to camouflage your sets. If a thief cannot find them, he cannot steal them!
- Do not brag about your catches. Keep your trapping locations a secret.
- Keep track of your set locations on paper. (Your trapping journal is a good place to keep information and sketches showing the location of your sets.) Do not use flags to mark traps. If you must mark sets, use something natural, such as a stick.
- Check your traps when no one else is around.
- Do not make sets close to roadways or other places that have a lot of human activity.
- Get to know the other trappers in the area. Look out for each other's sets. It is a violation to disturb the traps of another. If you see someone doing this, get a car or hunting license number and report it.
- Ask landowners to keep their pets restrained.
- Ask landowners to inform other hunters that traps are set on their property.