2014 Nebraska Fur Trapper Education Class

Although the 2014 Trapper Education Class is now in the history books, I did want to take some time to thank Mr. Eric Stane and Mr. Wynn Hall for inviting me to participate as an instructor in the Trapper Education Class that was held in Springfield, Nebraska on September 14, 2014.

The event included both classroom time and hands-on trapping demonstrations conducted by veteran trappers.

Fourteen lucky attendees learned a wealth of information about coon, mink, fox, coyote, beaver and muskrat trapping by volunteers.  Baits, lures, traps and accessories were discussed for both land and water trapping scenarios.

All kids under 16 received a free trap and there was a raffle for plenty of great baits and lures. Lunch was provided and there was no charge for the class.

Two classes are planned for 2015 -- probably in late August, in Schuyler and Broken Bow, Nebraska. I'll let you all know more details as they become available.

Thanks again to Eric and Wynn for putting on such a great class and inviting me to participate. I hope to be a part of it next year as well.

Save Big on Papio Creek Baits -- Early Season Customer Appreciation Sale

When it comes to trapping, there are the boom years (as we have experienced lately,) where everyone is scrambling to get a piece of their proverbial pie before the dessert cart rolls off into the sunset...

If you follow trapping trends, however, you are likely aware of the current downturn in fur prices. Papio Creek recently shared a letter from North American Fur Auctions explaining the reasons behind this all-too-familiar situation.

Having trapped for close to 40 years through all kinds of seasons and price fluctuations, Shane has seen bull markets, bear markets and everything in between.  He understands how difficult it can be when fur prices decline -- especially when trapping supply prices just seem to keep increasing.

Because we've been there, we want to help you get through this season with a little more jingle in your pocket. That's why we're having an early season bait sale in our ebay store -- all Papio Creek baits are 25% off through November. 

All 16 ounce baits are marked down from $12.00 to $9.00 

All 8 ounce baits are marked down from $7.00 to $5.25. 

All Trapper Special Collections are also 25% off! 

We appreciate you all and wish you the very best this trapping season. And, as always, if you have any questions about our products or about trapping in general, please do not hesitate to email us at n.claeys@aol.com or call us at 402-278-1842.  

We'd be happy to help in any way we can. 

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According to North American Fur Auctions (NAFA), This Season May Present Special Challenges to Trappers

We received the letter below from NAFA this past August, which provides some interesting insights into the upcoming trapping season. Thought you trappers might find this information of some benefit.

(Click on the letter to enlarge.)

Also, we will be at the Nebraska Fur Harvester's Annual Convention this weekend, 
September 26-28, 2014 in Albion, Nebraska. 

Please be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!

Trapping Nuisance Coons with DP Traps and Papio Creek Dry Coon Bait

Shane and Sioux had some good luck trapping coons this past July. Thanks for viewing.

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3 - Auger Set Now Available in our Ebay Store

Now offering (3) Papio Creek augers in one convenient set.

You will receive:

(1) 2" X 3" Auger
(1) 3" X 4" Auger
(1) 4" X 6" Auger


For Trappers:
These augers are just the ticket for land trappers wanting to speed up their setting time. Drills a perfectly straight and round hole up to 15" deep in most soil conditions. Tough-as-nails round shaft provides a no-slip grip on any 1/2" chucked electric or cordless drill. 

Sharp auger flighting with angle tip is welded to sturdy bar stock round shaft and will dig into the hardest ground. Auger length is 15".

For Gardeners, Landscapers, Homeowners, Do-it-yourselfers:
The fastest, easiest way to plant bulbs, seedlings, windbreak trees, shrubs, bedding and garden plants! Turn your power drill into a powerful digger. Simply attach this heavy-duty steel auger to any chucked drill and dig hundreds of holes in a fraction of the time it would take with a conventional bulb planter, trowel or shovel.
No more aching back muscles --buy these powerful augers today!
Drill not included.

Helpful Hints:
Tighten the chuck securely after inserting auger.
The auger will spin on top of the ground and not penetrate the soil if your drill is in reverse gear. The auger will not seem to dig at all if the drill is in reverse.
Hold the auger straight up and down when digging soil.
Start with the lowest possible gear setting on your drill and hold the drill with both hands.
Always wear safety goggles.

You may purchase this auger set in our ebay store.  

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New Product: Papio Creek Hole Git'r - Punch Holes for Pocket, Flat, Elbow Sets in mud, clay, snow!

Available in 1.5" and 2.25" diameters. 

Punch 1.50" or 2.25"W X 6"L holes in mud, clay, soft ground, pond-river banks, snow drifts with ease!

Papio Creek 1.50" and 2.25" Hole Git'r Hole Maker for Trap Sets - Tee Handle - 6" Cylinder - 36" Overall Length

For elbow sets, ledge pockets, flat sets, pocket sets, pre-season hole set locations in wet creek beds, mud and snow.

3' reach for hooking drowning wire and traps.

Effortless, quick and easy on your back!
  • All Steel Construction
  • 7/16" Thick Shaft
  • 5" Tee Handle
  • 6" Angled Cylinder
  • 36" Overall Length
  • Proudly Made in USA

Visit our ebay store for more information and to purchase. 

Thanks for viewing!

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Keeping busy during the off-season.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Skins

As the wife of a trapper, you just never know what's being put up during the off-season.

I wandered into the trapping shed the other morning to find these rattlesnake skins. 

 There's definitely a story behind this image 

-- and as a Trapper's wife 

-- ignorance is indeed bliss in this particular situation.

I don't wanna know.

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How are you keeping yourself busy these days?

New! Magnum Power Clip 110 Body Grip Trap Placement Conversion Kit

New Product from Papio Creek:   
Magnum Power Clip 110 Body Grip Trap Placement Conversion Kit

Easily convert single spring 110 body grip traps (with 1/2" rivet length) to fit on any pole 7/16" or less in diameter.
  1. Remove trap rivet.
  2. Insert bolt throught center clip hole.
  3. Continue to feed bolt through trap rivet hole.
  4. Place washer over bolt end.
  5. Tighten nut until bolt end is flush with nut.
  6. Feed pole through clip holes.
  7. You're done!
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  • Lightweight and portable.
  • For above water, under water, ice, land, pocket, trail sets.
  • Great for muskrat, mink, skunk, opossum, rabbit, squirrel.
  • Fits any pole 7/16" or less in diameter;
  • 360 degree directional trap placement.
  • Fits 110 Body Grip Traps with 1/2" rivet length.
When using short pole for placement, chain is attached to secure achor point, stake, drag, etc...
Traps sold separately.

Price: $10.75 plus $6.35 Priority Mail Shipping

Visit Our Ebay Store