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    Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Let me start by saying I have absolutely no desire to get into trapping or purchasing a trapline. Also - clearly - no experience on the subject.

    That said: I came across a few "trapline for sale" ads recently where traplines are being sold for 13K and more. The question I am asking: Why would someone - nowadays - purchase one of those? Nostalgia? Seems like expensive nostalgia....

    As I understand it, you only buy the rights to trap. From some 10min googling, I see you have to uphold a min quota (I read 50 pelts/year), which seems "steep"?) or the gov can take it away. Obviously, you have to have a trapping license, etc.

    Also, it appears that you need a lot of pelts to just cover 13K worth of cost

    So, I can't see anyone being in it for the money (unless I am missing anything?). So what would be the point?

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    50 pelts is not hard to accomplish( 50 pelts would be a really bad season for many trappers) at all over a trapping season. Have not been watching fur prices lately but yes you can make $ but not a living

    Think of trapping as a hobby/small business if you’re smart you can make some extra $ and have fun doing it

    As for traplines a guy really needs to do research before putting up $ and prices are all over the map

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Interesting...

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    The advantage of buying an established trap line is just that. Miles of trails are cut, sets are made, possibly overnight cabins, some history of game taken. There could be years of work done.
    "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits"
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    "Sometimes ya gotta let your dog find you"

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Just don’t think it’s easy because it’s far from it. Hide prep is huge and involves skill to get top value out of a hide. When it comes to the trapping it’s a lot more complicated than bait and traps. It’s a combination of physical and mental to do well in my opinion

    Trapping gives you a whole new outlook on the bush and animal movement for sure

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ as well "consider it a small business", if you’re smart you can write off expenses and make some extra $ while have fun doing it.
    Last edited by tomcat; 06-03-2019 at 02:14 PM.

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Some have pretty sweet cabins on them... so you buy the trap line and suddenly you own your own cabin.

    And they pretty much have to give you the guys to any gates anywhere

    Seems like a fun hobby / small business for anybody who enjoys the outdoors... particularly in the winter.

    And you get the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you are helping reduce any overpopulation of predators in your areas, thus helping the ungulates.

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Although I inherited my trapline, it’s a pure hobby/lifestyle, it’s not something a person buys with the expectations of getting rich. A lot of people buy lines just for the retreat, build a cabin, on a nice fishing lake, it’s an easy process to apply to build, and probably a lot cheaper then buying land.

    My line is small, after paying for my fuel, I generally break about even. It’s not much different then buying a guiding area, except outfitters can make their own prices.

    On that note, even tho my line would be worth $15’000 tops, I don’t think I’d sell it for 10x that. If for whatever reason, I wouldn’t have inherited my line, after growing up trapping with my grandad and dad, buying a line would have been a must at some point in my life.

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Quote Originally Posted by Would Rather Be Fishing View Post
    Let me start by saying I have absolutely no desire to get into trapping or purchasing a trapline. Also - clearly - no experience on the subject.

    That said: I came across a few "trapline for sale" ads recently where traplines are being sold for 13K and more. The question I am asking: Why would someone - nowadays - purchase one of those? Nostalgia? Seems like expensive nostalgia....

    As I understand it, you only buy the rights to trap. From some 10min googling, I see you have to uphold a min quota (I read 50 pelts/year), which seems "steep"?) or the gov can take it away. Obviously, you have to have a trapping license, etc.

    Also, it appears that you need a lot of pelts to just cover 13K worth of cost

    So, I can't see anyone being in it for the money (unless I am missing anything?). So what would be the point?

    Thoughts?
    Its 50 pelts or $200 worth of fur so you could catch 3 marten or 1 bobcat or lynx depending were you are and have met the quota
    or 50 squirrels to meet the 50 pelt quota. I think it depends a lot on were you live up north you can catch more in the EK not so much
    depending on the line , as mentioned many do it as a hobby and many have the line just for the chance to have the cabin.

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    Re: Why would someone buy a trapline?

    Friend of mine bought one and although he probably spends more money on fuel then he makes on the fur he loves it. Just a good hobby for some I guess. Same for hunting...the money I've spent in the past on hunting I could of just bought a cow but i gotta do something in the fall....

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