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Sourcing accurate scientific information can be difficult in this age of polarized content. The goal of the podcast is to give you the opportunity to hear directly from the experts, through long-form conservation about natural history and conservation. This podcast is produced by the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society in partnership with the Oregon Wildlife Foundation. Hosted by John Goodell. John is a wildlife biologist, curator, and conservation educator. He is the President of the Ore ...
 
Kris Pope, from Coyote Trapping School, provides instruction and educational content for people interested in getting started, or getting better, at trapping furbearers and predators. Many people consider trapping a dying art, but there is still plenty of interest whether from outdoorsmen and women who are looking to further their outdoor skills, wildlife managers looking to enhance game populations through predator control, or survivalists interesting in knowing how to obtain food and fur i ...
 
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Dominique Kone joins us to discuss his M.S. research and recent publication last February informing a prospective sea otter reintroduction in Oregon. He addresses habitat suitability in Oregon, population growth scenarios, and more. His research is a key piece of information suggesting that a sea otter reintroduction is feasible in Oregon, but deci…
 
In this episode I review the different types of sets for coyotes and go over some coyote trapping basics, mainly sets, dirthole, flat, and scent post. Hopefully providing good information for beginner and experienced trappers alike. I also touch on an update to think mink cull we talked about last episode in Denmark. To get a Shortliner Trapping Ba…
 
In this episode I touch quickly on what could be a major impact on the fur market, related to COVID. Then I go through a general overview of coyote biology and behavior. As trappers, we should be experts on the game that we pursue, so I thought it might be helpful to review some data regarding coyotes, hopefully to improve our effectiveness as trap…
 
In this episode I talk about eating furbearer meat. If you’re a trapper or hunter, odds are that you’ve at least considered eating various wild game. I think eating some of the meat we catch is a great opportunity to introduce others to wild game as well as give us some additional arguments to those who don’t approve of trapping. The fact is, when …
 
In this episode I answer some listener questions. I also talk a little about fur tanning (I just got my Texas furs back from the tannery!) and just some general trapper rambling. I hope you enjoy, I’ve got some interviews in the lineup that I’m pretty excited about so stay tuned and if your season has already come in, good luck! To get your hands o…
 
In this week’s episode I dig into some trapper survey data and find some historical data of trapper harvest from several different states, some dating back to the 1930s. It is very interesting data and highlights how important it is for trappers to accurately respond to those surveys. Our game agencies rely on us for good data, and if we don’t prov…
 
In this episode I have a deep discussion with Kyle Waltz of Conserv Wildlife Services. We talk in depth about Kyle’s business model and specifically the opportunity to partner with Conserv if you have or are wanting to start a wildlife control business. It is a very interesting conversation and certainly gives a wildlife control operator some thing…
 
In this episode I interview Ryan Carpenter, one of the R’s of R and R Trading Post. Ryan and his wife, Renee, have a fur sewing business in Pennsylvania. We talk about a wide range of topics including how Ryan got started trapping and how they got started in the fur sewing business. I love seeing our fur get used here locally instead of being shipp…
 
There are a lot more benefits to trapping than a fur check, which is a good thing in times like these when fur checks are slim to non existant! There are plenty of things that trapping teaches you, and the network and connections you make as a trapper can unlock opportunities that you may have never otherwise been able to take advantage of. As we a…
 
This is an interview with Kyle Kaatz about gland removal. Depending on the species the value of glands can really add up and by adding an extra couple minutes we can increase the yield from the trapline. To see the latest prices Kaatz Bros is paying for glands visit https://www.kaatzbros.com/reports/glands-essence-castor-and-carcasses-wanted/ We al…
 
In this episode I talk about one of the most important things in my life, my faith. I believe that we were put on this earth by our Heavenly Father, and that through His son, Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven and we can have a personal relationship with God. And one of the most important things in that relationship is spreading the Gospel a…
 
In this episode I share some of my findings and hopefully some helpful tips and tricks that I’ve picked up since I started doing leatherwork, particularly making beavertail items. I’ve had a good bit of success with the small effort I’ve put into it and have no doubt that it can be replicated. There are plenty of good resources on YouTube and other…
 
Today I interview Bobby Dale Boyles, a Kentucky trapper. We cover a wide range of topics, one of the most interesting may be his tanning process. After talking with him I may have to try tanning again. You’re sure to enjoy this episode, non stop trapping talk! You can follow him on Instagram @bobbydaleboyles Trapping season is coming quickly, be su…
 
In this episode I talk with NY trapper Linda White, to get a different perspective on trapping. We talk about how Linda and her husband run their trapline and bait and lure business, Sawmill Creek Bait and Lures, https://www.sawmillcreekbaitandlures.com/, which also lead to Linda starting Trapping Girl Inc, https://www.trappinggirlinc.com/. We disc…
 
In this episode I interview South Carolina trapper Bill Smith. We talk about beach trapping, another example of how trapping is conservation, along with gator trapping, and crawfish trapping, just to name a few things. Bill is a down to earth guy and you will enjoy this interview. You can follow him on instagram @coastal_land_and_wildlife. Trapping…
 
In this episode I talk about some of my gator hunting and trapping stories from years past. Man I wish I had a video camera along back then, that would have made some great videos, but the least I can do is share some of these stories and hope that you get as much enjoyment out of them as I do reliving them. Trapping season is coming quickly, be su…
 
In this episode I talk about some of the trapping resources that are available, and beneficial, for beginner and seasoned trappers alike. In today’s age there is more access to information than ever, some good, some just so-so. Here are a few of the good resources out there! As always, be sure to support our sponsors, Kaatz Bros Lures, www.kaatzbro…
 
In this episode I talk about my experience trapping invasive foxes on an Aleutian island in Alaska. It was quite the adventure and also quite the conservation success story. Since the 1940s there has been an initiative to remove the nonnative foxes from islands and restore them to seabird nesting grounds. Not just helping all seabirds populations b…
 
Professor and Curator Dr. Madonna Moss is an anthropological archaeologist who studies the long term history of Native Americans and First Nations of the Northwest Coast of North America, with a special focus on Tlingit and Haida and their ancestors. Join us for a fascinating discussion about how zooarcheology can help defend indigenous cultural pr…
 
In this episode I talk with Frank Cisa, of Wildman Wildlife Removal & Exclusion, https://www.wildmantrapping.com/. We discuss a variety of items from tools to trapping tactics, and how Frank has grown his business. Frank is still a relatively new Wildlife Control Operator, but he is definitely doing something right as his business is growing and he…
 
In this episode I discuss some of the aspects of sales and selling in a wildlife control business. I explain how I’ve encountered and experienced that it is really more of a wildlife exclusion business, from a cash flow and efficiency standpoint. And several different approaches when selling to a customer. Ultimately it boils down to how well you s…
 
In this episode three leaders from Oregon coast tribes provide heartfelt reflections, as they frame the loss of sea otters and the vision of its return with the history of their own people’s struggles, and how sea otters represent their own interconnectedness to the natural world. Don Ivy Chief of the Coquille Indian tribe; Robert Kentta the Siletz…
 
In this episode I discuss a few different options for generating leads or calls for your wildlife control business. One key in my opinion is that you must be online, so you need a website. Then it boils down to whether you want to buy leads or generate them organically. Both options work but organic leads take more time to grow. I think its a good …
 
In this episode I review the recent NWCOA training I took. Their Wildlife Control Operator course is a basic course that covers a wide range of topics geared toward new Wildlife Control Operators (WCOs). If you are new to, or thinking about starting as a WCO I highly recommend this course. The best part was this session was taught online, so travel…
 
In this episode I talk with Daniel Dekeyzer, a Georgia trapper who also runs a successful nuisance trapping business on the side. We talk about how he got started, where he gets business from, and in general how he runs his jobs. Gives a little more insight into how different trappers run their businesses. As always, be sure to support our sponsors…
 
Dr. Roberta Hall is an anthropologist and Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University. Roberta conducted numerous excavations of shell midden sites on the Oregon coast where she document use of various wildlife including sea otters, and other marine resources by ancient First Peoples. Roberta holds expertise in zoo-archaeology, medical anthropolo…
 
In this episode I talk through a spreadsheet I put together that outlines, and allows you to consider all the overhead costs that should be factored when you are pricing jobs. This sheet breaks your rate down into monthly, weekly, daily, and hourly rates or targets. This is something that you can use as a starting point when you are considering wha…
 
Marine Biologist and Researcher Dr. Shawn Larson from the Seattle Aquarium discusses sea otters up-close! Shawn explores sea otter diet, physiology, reproduction, and genetics - and how her research informs conservation. Video of Shawn presenting her genetics research at the 2018 Oregon Sea Otter Status of Knowledge Symposium https://www.youtube.co…
 
In this episode I review an article from the Wildlife Trends Journal, https://www.wildlifetrends.com/. A friend of mine actually sent me the article because of the cover picture, which was a photo of me when I worked for the USDA doing some predator trapping. This was a very informative article delving into alot of specifics around large scale quai…
 
A great conversation with leading sea otter researcher Dr. Tim Tinker. Tim discusses new science and reveals the varied issues effecting sea otter populations across their pacific range - from Alaska to California - including his perspectives on a possible Oregon reintroduction. Produced in Partnership with the Elakha Alliance…
 
In this episode I interview Stephen Vantassel, the Wildlife Control Consultant. Stephen hosts the “Living the Wild Life” segment of the Pest Geek Podcast. We talk all sorts of topics related to starting and running a wildlife control business, including the importance of contracts, proper messaging, and the National Wildlife Control Operators Assoc…
 
In this episode I interview Stephen Vantassel, the Wildlife Control Consultant. Stephen hosts the “Living the Wild Life” segment of the Pest Geek Podcast. We talk all sorts of topics related to starting and running a wildlife control business, including the importance of contracts, proper messaging, and the National Wildlife Control Operators Assoc…
 
Tom Calvanese is a rockfish scientist, the Station Manager of the Port Orford Field Station, and a catalyst behind developing action to address kelp declines along Oregon's south coast. Join us for a multi-dimensional conversation about kelp conservation. Produced in partnership with the Elakha Alliance A great resource from the NOYO Center for Mar…
 
Renowned ecologist Jim Estes shares his story of discovery - from a young graduate student on the Aleutian Islands to scientific breakthroughs revealing the profound ecological effects of a keystone predator Produced in partnership with the Elakha Alliance Jim's memoir: https://www.amazon.com/Serendipity-Ecologists-Understand-Organisms-Environments…
 
In this episode I sit down with Kyle Waltz, host of the Wildlife Control Podcast. Kyle is a very successful wildlife control entrepreneur, having build and sold two successful businesses in Florida, First Coast Wildlife Services and Expel Pest Services. Kyle is still currently running, and growing Conserv Wildlife Services. I discovered Kyle throug…
 
Marine biologist Scott Groth is undertaking one of the longest monitoring projects on Oregon's nearshore. While red sea urchin numbers appear normal, purple sea urchin populations have exploded in recent years with alarming impacts to kelp forests. Produced in partnership with the Elakha Alliance Articles about Scott's work: https://newportnewstime…
 
In this episode I sit down with Kyle Waltz, host of the Wildlife Control Podcast. Kyle is a very successful wildlife control entrepreneur, having build and sold two successful businesses in Florida, First Coast Wildlife Services and Expel Pest Services. Kyle is still currently running, and growing Conserv Wildlife Services. I discovered Kyle throug…
 
This is the first episode in a multi episode series on starting and growing a nuisance trapping business. In this episode I give an introduction on starting and growing my nuisance business, and some of my learnings thus far. In the coming episodes I will have interviews with some professionals in the wildlife control industry as well as some of my…
 
A fascinating window into new discoveries in kelp ecology and conservation with Sara Hamilton - a leading researcher studying trends in kelp forests. Sara is a PhD student at Oregon State University. Part one of a series produced in partnership with the Elakha Alliance Links to learn more: A story map compiled by the Samish tribe and others about t…
 
In this episode I review some of the recent state fur auctions and discuss how the dreaded Coronavirus is or may affect the market, its having global impacts that will likely go on for several months it looks like. Overall the fur market looks about the same as it has the last few years. I touch on several somewhat southern sales and the coyote pri…
 
In this episode I look back over this past trapping season, they seem to take forever to get here yet pass by so quickly. Overall I didn’t hit this season quite as hard as past seasons, but I had a few things going on too. I did make a trapping trip to west Texas, which was a blast. And for the home trapline I made great use of the Onx Hunt app, ht…
 
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