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Friday, June 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, June 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Kent Weil

Meet Guy Groenewold — Illinois Outdoor News’ 2024 Person of the Year

Guy Groenewold’s grandfather emigrated from Germany in the early 1920s as the political climate became more and more untenable. The family began a chick and egg business in Forreston, Ill., and started buying local fur from trappers as well. A fairly lucrative endeavor at the time, the Groenewold family quickly transitioned to buying fur on a more serious basis. The business prospered.
By WWII, GFW was a major fur buyer in Illinois. Groenewold recounts how his dad, Grant, was skinning muskrats while listening to the radio describing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1945.

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Helpful tips for all trappers: setting up for next season

I’ve been trapping for almost 60 years and have made every equipment mistake in the book – and some the book has never seen.
Most have had to do with procrastination (my wife calls it lazy). One theme that has run through the years is the advisability of getting all your gear ready for the next season now rather than wait until the heat of summer or the cluttered calendar trappers have in the fall (scouting, deer hunting, etc., etc., etc.). Do it now while the temperatures are mild and the damage (or loss) of gear is still fresh in your mind.

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Nearly 1,000 raccoons at Illinois Trappers Association sale

The Illinois Trappers Association held its annual fur auction at the Krile Auction House in Strasburg Feb. 17. While there we a limited number of lots offered, a robust nine individual buyers were present, which helped drive prices a bit higher than might have been expected.
State trapper association sales have shown remarkable resilience, with higher than expected prices throughout the entire marketing season so far.

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Commentary: Ups and downs of the fur market over the past decade

Over the last 10 years or so, the wild fur market has certainly had a plethora of ups and downs – many more downs than ups it seems. Here’s a quick rundown of the last decade in the fur trade.

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Trappers monitoring fur auctions with limited opportunities left this season in Illinois

Aside from those who target river otters and beavers, Illinois trappers closed out the trapping season Feb. 15.
The otter and beaver seasons run through March 31. Overall, success was mixed this year, and Illinois Outdoor News will have a complete report once DNR and fur buyers can analyze the harvest. One really bright spot for trappers is the prices received for pelts at state association sales.

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Beavers, muskrats and otters show signs of life in fur market

Early routes run by fur buyers in Illinois have shown prices to be stable on most items. A few others are doing a bit better than expected.
Early season prices started at roughly where they were at the end of the 2023 season, and signs in the market show little expectation of any kind of serious rally in 2024. As of this writing, most of the marketing season has yet to develop.

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Kids Cave at National Trappers Association Convention educates youngsters on outdoor pursuits

A new activity premiered at the National Trappers Association Convention in Spencer, Iowa, a few years ago – the NTA Kids Cave. Born out of a desire to give kids at the NTA event a safe, fun, and informative place to learn more about the outdoors, this first Kids Cave was truly an experiment.
It was a huge success.

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Illinois bobcat harvest poised to change in 2024

Positive changes to the number of permits Illinois DNR allots to bobcat trappers and hunters are likely next season.
Illinois’ harvest quota is certain to adjust higher, too. This expected dialing up the opportunity to harvest a bobcat in the state is due mostly to results of a multi-year study by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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Kent Weil: Trapping the elusive mink requires scouting and strategy

The fact that I caught my first mink at the age of 12 in a set I specifically made for mink made me very proud.
It still does, because there is a lot of work and strategy involved for a kid to pull that off. Some scouting (sometimes a lot of scouting), recognizing the mink sign, choosing an appropriate trap, and most of all, the boundless enthusiasm of a novice trapper all came together for me to catch what was then – and mostly still is – my ultimate prize.

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