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I have question for all of you regarding permissions. When road/culvert trapping do you get permission for every spot?

I can't see running 100-200 traps. 75-100 stops and getting permission for each one. If a guy runs two lines double that.

I currently trap the road "right-of-way", never crossing a property boundary or fence line. If a landowner has a fit I pull the traps.

My questions are: Do you get permission for every culvert and bridge. Is what I am doing really wrong? Should I start (next year) gaining permission for all these stops?

I can't see where anyone doing a fair amount of trapping, can gain this much access. Especially while working, family, etc.

Any insight would be helpful.

Thanks.
 

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Normally most “Right of Ways” listed on deeds are limited to certain activities, related to traffic, powerlines, phonelines, and fuellines. I rather doubt you will see a trapline right-of-way. Some right-of-ways are limited in time. Government road right-of-ways have limits.

Many years ago I had a friend whose folks owned a ranch along a winding river. One of the issues that was brought up was a trapper running one or more traplines on the ranch without permission. My friend’s father was making an effort to catch the trapper. One day a group of us from school went down to the river to catch catfish, because trout season was closed. We found one live hen mallard in a trap, and two other dead ducks in traps during the day. The trapper was after muskrat. We also found a cache that contained two burlap bags of traps.

When we returned to the ranch house my friend advised his father of the finding. We then took a trip back down to the river and pointed out the ducks, and the traps. His father tossed the traps into a deep hole in the river.

The rancher was not against trapping the muskrats; he had given permission to another trapper to run a line on the ranch with certain restrictions. One of which was timing, the trapline was not to be run when the area was full of migratory waterfowl, and the traps were to be checked daily.

It is easier to ask permission then forgiveness. Suggest you create a permission form, which you or the property owner fills in regarding the description of the property. And a clause that releases the property owner of liability from any incident that happens because of your trapping operation.
 

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siskiyou,

Thanks for the reply. I like the idea of a permissions form. When you are running an extensive line do you get permission every year? Or do you keep a file with that one permission on file and use it year to year?

Any others?
 

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I see nothing wrong with an annual or 3 year permission form. Circumstances change over a period of time, and it may not be to the landowners best interests later down the road of time.

As long as the rancher or farmer knows of your presence, he's alright with it.

Also; you're better off knowing before hand what the rancher's attitude is towards others, period. Some are just downright ornery. Happy Trapping !
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