Kent Weil

Trapper tip: How to freeze a bobcat

Let’s say you were one of the lucky recipients of a 2022 bobcat permit. I say lucky. Because I am not – this is my seventh lottery and I have yet to draw a tag. So, like I said, lucky. Oh, well, the head furbearer biologist for the DNR also has never drawn one either. If you received a permit…

Illinois trappers hold annual convention

The Illinois Trappers Association convention was held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur, Ill. There was a full demo schedule each day. Topics included beaver, muskrat, coyote, raccoon, and bobcat trapping with a few other subjects such as the use of baits and lures thrown in as well. Demos, as usual, were well attended….

Getting set for trapping season

(Photo by Kent Weil)Trapping season will be here before you know it. It’s time to go through what needs to be done before you are ready to lay some steel. First off, are you ready to go with all the legal requirements to set traps or hunt furbearers? No? Well, get ‘er done as soon as possible because some things…

Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources marks 32th year

IFOR, the Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources, is 32 years old this year. Established as a not-for-profit, IFOR is a unique coalition of individuals and organizations.  IFOR represents all outdoorsmen, all sportsmen, and all recreational users.  They have believed fervently since their inception it is critical that all organizations with an interest in the outdoors band together under one large…

Uncertainty tampers Fur Harvesters Auction

The author with a very unhappy bobcat, which was successfully released. (Photo by Deb Weil)For Illinois trappers, the fur harvest season is basically over – all that’s left is marketing. Several international auctions have been held lately selling both ranch and wild fur. None of them have been anything to write home about. The Kopenhagen Fur ranch mink auction in…

Illinois trappers in for changes as season nears

Springfield — Amid all the action at the state capital, Illinois trappers can expect at least one immediate change in the upcoming trapping season: a new law regarding the tagging of their traps. It is the result of one of two bills the Illinois Trappers Association pushed during the spring legislative session that have been signed into law. One measure…

Coyotes, muskrats bright spots for Illinois fur sellers

Springfield — The first couple of wild fur sales of interest to Illinois trappers occurred in January. For several important Midwestern species, the market holds some promise over last year’s prices and clearances. Reports of a reduced harvest may yet buoy prices. Certain items are definitely hot, particularly coyotes – even Illinois coyotes. Fur Harvester’s Auction The first international wild…

Illinois bobcat harvest up significantly as season winds down

Springfield — The bobcat harvest in Illinois appears to be significantly higher for the 2017-18 season compared to the 2016-17. As of Feb. 14, the harvest stood at 329 bobcats. The season was set to end Feb. 15. Last year the season harvest total was 141. The total is strikingly close to the set quota of 350. Several factors may…

In Illinois, ‘Trapping College’ helps educate CPOs on tactics, tools

Chandlerville, Ill. — The Illinois Trappers Association and DNR teamed up to educate 34 CPOs from across the state the ins and outs of trapping at a special “Trapping College.” The event was held at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County. “Many CPOs, particularly younger hires, do not come from a trapping background,” said…