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Michigan father-son team carry on the tradition of trapping

Brandon Bakos admires a fine muskrat he and his father, John, trapped along the Shiawasse River in Michigan. The duo runs a trap line on state and federal land around the river. (Photo by Bob Gwizdz)

One of the reasons early settlers came to Michigan was because of the fur trade.
Well before statehood, the fur trade was the dominant industry in Michigan and remained so for more than a 100 years. Detroit was known as a hub for furs centuries before it became known for automobiles. These days, the fur trade is a mere blip in Michigan’s economy, but trapping remains a significant form of outdoor recreation.

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