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When he was 8, Bob started longlining mice for the “live market” (Helen Perley of the nearby White Animal Farm paid 10¢ per live mouse, making Bob the neighborhood Candy Bar King). He quickly graduated to muskrats and raccoon, and when he caught a red fox in a foothold trap set for rabbits in his freshman year of high school, he decided to trap for a living. At age 68 he hasn’t missed a season yet. He trapped full-time for 2 months every year during the Fur Boom (1975-1987), and currently traps fur and nuisance wildlife part-time. He’s been a full-time freelance illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and editor for over 25 years, and has produced countless articles and drawings for many trapping publications, including Fur-Fish-Game, Trapper and Predator Caller, and International Trapper. He has interviewed, and spent time on the trapline with, a number of professional trappers. He was also editor of Wildlife Control Technology (WCT), a national magazine for the nuisance wildlife (ADC) industry, for 17 years.
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Annie grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. As a youngster she and her six siblings vacationed each summer at her mother's parents' potato farm in northern Maine, where she chased pigs and collected eggs and swatted mosquitoes and developed a real love for the outdoors. When she graduated from high school at 18 she moved immediately to her grandparent's farm to work with them, and has lived in Maine ever since. She loves the outdoors, in particular fishing, camping, and white water rafting. Her husband Jim is an avid fisherman and hunter, and they do everything together. They have four wonderful sons, five grandchildren, and many in-laws and friends, and
the frequent gatherings at Annie and Jim's home are large, loud, and happy. Annie also loves crafting and cooking. For 13 years Annie was Administrative Assistant for Lakewood Capital,
Inc., running their office and financing heavy equipment and home mortgages, so she brings considerable business, office, secretarial, and computer skills to Trapper's Post. She was also a hair stylist for 15 years before that, so Bob and Deb get haircuts right at the office. Annie is a
Mike grew up in Kansas and Wisconsin, in a hunting and fishing family. As a kid he trapped grain-eating chipmunks in the chicken house, and by high school he had caught every available furbearer in the area, including coyotes. He spent so much time hunting and trapping his teachers called him "One Who Walks in the Woods." After graduation he trapped fur, briefly bought fur and sold trapping supplies, and for years put up fur for other trappers.
In 1992 he began writing for The Trapper and Predator Caller, and has since contributed regularly to International Trapper, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Wildlife Control Technology (WCT), and Trapper's Post. Through the years he's been the "go-to" guy for editors with trapping questions, especially in regards canine trapping. His nuisance wildlife control calls increased until in 2003 he went full-time from spring through fall. He traps fur the rest of the year. He is also an avid big game hunter, and has taken elk, bear, and numerous deer with firearm, muzzleloader, and bow.
Mike is also an instructor in trapper education classes, speaks to local clubs and organizations on fur trapping, animal damage control, and zoonotic (wildlife) diseases, and is a regular speaker at the "Fur School" at the University of Wisconsin College of Natural Resources.
Traci has lived in the country most of her life, and loves the outdoors. As a kid she made mud pies in the spring, swam in the lake in the summer, raked leaves to dive into in the fall, and made snow forts in the winter. She loves the four seasons, whitetail deer and turkey hunting, and shooting 22 pistols. For over 20 years she was a partner in a butcher shop in central Maine that cut deer and moose during hunting season. She loves talking to all the hunters during the season and listening to their stories.
Traci loves cooking, gardening, and putting up garden produce by canning and freezing. She has won many blue ribbons at local fairs
Traci is no stranger to business and sales. She has worked in a family owned retail business for 25 years, and for 18 years she owned and managed four rental units.
Born in Washington, D.C., to Mainer parents, as a youngster Jenny spent many summers at camp in Maine. Her father's work took the family to England for several years in the late 1960s and as a result she is still an avid reader of British literature and thinks of northern England as her second home.
Jenny is a big fan of ink on paper, and used to make her own books as a child. Her first job-at 16-was proofreading articles for publication, and she has been involved in the publishing and graphic design field ever since, as a professional. Since 1990 she has been the Publication Director for Hebron Academy, and also freelances, designing everything from theater programs to newsletters, circulars, ads, and magazines.
She is an avid sailor, active in the local community theater group, and camps all over Maine in the summer. She and her husband Russ live in South Paris, Maine, with Nugget, their Australian cattle dog.
Sharon grew up in Florida, riding in the horse industry, and her love of horses led to her first art sales as a teenager -- portraits of show horses. Her study of wildlife led to more sales, from private commissions to businesses, including air-brush murals on show vans and motorcycles, screen-printed art on garments, company logos, mugs and steins, horse and gun dog training books, and numerous outdoor magazines. Her favorite work is doing ADC and fur trapping illustrations because the illustrations depict real wildlife behaviors and animals that other clients don’t allow in such stark clarity. Her pen and ink furbearer and “varmint” illustrations look like they could walk off the page.
Sharon enjoys her passion of horsemanship, and large-caliber rifle shooting at targets and long range.
She also hunts and has a consistent record of one shot kills on big game and varmints.