The U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance Foundation reckons trappers get a bad rap. “No other outdoor pursuit has been as sensationalized as trapping, nor has any other pursuit had as much misinformation [lies] surround it. With trapper numbers at best static, it has and will continue to be a prime target for the animal rights lobby.” No surprise there. But the USSAF’s alarmed about FUDDS; bow and gun hunters who oppose or at least don’t actively support trapping. Casual gun owners who don’t recognize a slippery slope when they see one. What’s your take? Should the USSAF shut its trap on trapping and risk alienating [some] hunters or continue to defend the “sport”? Make the jump for their five bullet points on why you should defend trapping . . .
- Trapping is our first and foremost traditional outdoor sport, having been the impetus for the opening of the new world
- Foothold traps are a vital and humane tool for wildlife management
- State wildlife agency biologists – the same people who have led the resurgence of a variety of wildlife we now enjoy – support trapping and see it as a necessary tool for managing furbearers
- Trapping has proven to be a critical element in the prevalence of waterfowl populations
- Wildlife managers also see it as extremely important in protecting the public from outbreaks of diseases such as rabies.