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 - jr 2l '1 Much of Gary Minard's trapping is done...
jr 2l '1 Much of Gary Minard's trapping is done in drainage ditches like trl Fw tiirsippDDiic By ERIC LEVINE Blue Water Outdoors SNOVER Gary Minard shifted his truck into low gear and wheeled the '64 Chevy into a cow pasture. "I spotted some mink tracks here the other day," said the bearded, 45-year-old trapper. The mink trap he had set, though, was empty. But Minard's luck improved in traps set in a nearby drainage ditch. Wading knee deep in water, Minard pulled three traps from the cold water. All had dead muskrat between their steel jaws. It had been a good morning for the Snover man, who makes trapping his living during late fall and winter. An 1-hour circuit of his trapping grounds yielded about a dozen muskrats. The pelts will earn him $4 to $5 each when he sells them to a fur trader. "If I can make two to three thousand dollars this season, I'll be happy. That's not bad for six to eight weeks work," Minard said. But business has been better. Although some species are doing well, he has made about three times as much money. "Muskrat are trapped too hard," Mindard said. He blames the economy, which he says has forced many laid-off workers to exchange their blue collars for steel traps to earn extra money. "I used to get as many in a week as I get all season now," he said. Minard, who makes most of his money h .n muskrat, also traps raccoon, mink and fox. He works at it seven days a week, leav: turning in mid-afternoon. He sets traps within a lac County home, but act day on paved highway.1 fields. Minard probably spend does driving. He walks ; the traps, usually bringi day. "This trapping will p says. Since he primarily got traps are set in water-fi and in fields where the other plants. Mink traps also are pi eat muskrat. Raccoon an ches and woods. Fox are The weather was sunn along the ditch banks, cW he would still be out there The tools of his trade box traps for muskrat an coon and fox. Conni-Bear, a scissor break an animal's neck steel jaws. The wire box animal as it swims throi catches the animal by it' trapper. In a shed near Minard' are skinned, scraped, stre

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  1. The Times Herald,
  2. 11 Dec 1984, Tue,
  3. Page 24

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