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About the Author

Jim Spencer retired from a successful career as a writer and editor with the Arkansas Department of Natural Resources and is now a freelance outdoor writer. Also the author of Mink Manual (1-8792-0614-5), he lives in Calico Rock, Arkansas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (June 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081173417X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811734172
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Spencer has been in the writing trade since selling his first magazine article (at age 14) to Fur-Fish-Game magazine. Five decades later, he is still active in the business and has written more than 2,000 magazine articles, 2,000 newspaper columns, hundreds of e-articles for various outdoor websites, and five books: The Mink Manual (1990), Turkey Hunting Digest (2003), A Young Hunter's Guide to Waterfowling and Conservation (2004), Guide to Trapping (2007), and Bad Birds (2011). He is currently a Field Editor for Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine and Executive Editor of Trapper & Predator Caller magazine. He has won scores of excellence-in-craft awards for his writing and photography from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the Association for Conservation Information.

Spencer is a trained forester and wildlife manager and is recognized as a leading authority on trapping, turkey hunting and waterfowl hunting. He was a career employee of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and is now retired. He and his wife Jill Easton, also an accomplished professional outdoor writer, now live in the Ozark Mountains of north Arkansas, with deer, bears and turkeys as their closest neighbors. His website is www.treblehookunlimited.com.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bedtime Reader on October 7, 2007
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If you are looking for a book that describes the basics tools and equipment along with some basic sets and animal information then you've found it. A Guide to Trapping is just what this book is. It's simple and does not over complicate trapping for your basic fur bearers. It's a good read and very informative and with good illustrations.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss on October 12, 2012
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Very informative book. Has a more modern approach to trapping and explains things in a way someone who didnt grow up in the 18th or 19th century can understand. Dont expect to find 30 pages of setting up old box traps and deadfalls. The author did a good job of sticking to one of his opening methods "KISS". Keep It Simple, Stupid. Especially enjoyed the order in which the book was put together. Each chapter gets you towards the ultimate goal of actually walking away with some retained knowledge after a good read. I'd say this book is a 9 out of 10 and any novice or veteran trapper/outdoorsman would enjoy here in the 21st century. This review is written by The Goat Farmer, not Little Miss his wife.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Bowman on January 9, 2013
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Ok so for my first year trapping with nothing but this book, which consisted of 1 dozen traps and 1 dozen cable restraints for about 1 month, I think I did ok. And trust me, if there is any reason why I didnt catch more it has nothing to do with the book. Trapping is a lot more work than I imagined, but I freaking love it baby! Bring on the hard work, Im all about chasing critters. Ive even ventured into tanning the hides on my own....all the while driving all the people around me absolutely nuts haha! Someones got to..... But yeah buy this book, its excellent!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Paul on January 29, 2013
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this book will teach you the ins and outs of trapping from which traps to buy for each specific animal, to how to treat the traps, to how to set them up in the wild for each specific curcumstance. they'll also go into the behaviors for each specific animal and how to make your traps more enticing for the target animal. buy this book, its so cheap and you get so much out of it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Butts on March 11, 2012
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I found this book very informative on all the animals I was interested in. I thought it was well written and easy to understand. It would be especially good for someone just getting started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jeff burns hall on June 5, 2014
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I'm new at Trapping so the Book helped me,
I was more interested in try land trapping but it's Worth the money
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By GP on November 22, 2013
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I have read many trapping books and publications on trapping. Mr. Spencer does a great job in giving practical advice in all aspects of preparing for and running a trapline. It is one of the better publications that I have read for modern day trappers. The book is also written in a manner so that you can easily understand the information by his explanation and illustrations. I have used some of his suggestions in trap modification. A great book on kindle because I can refer to it out in the field as well.
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This book really laid out the basics that a new trapper would need to get started. The author is clear and very specific when detailing set locations, equipment and techniques. His writing style keeps the reader interested and entertained. I would recommend this book to any new trapper. Even an experienced trapper could learn a bit or at least be entertained.
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