Today host Mark Steck travels down south joining friend and fellow trapper Red O’Hearn. Red has been hired by farmers to get rid of the beavers so they can get rid of the beaver dams. Experience Red & Mark on the trapline as they run Red’s water line. Check out the birthday meal Red cooks up while on the line… it’s definitely a meal to forget!
Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks! Host Mark Steck travels to Iowa to meet up with Vietnam veteran, career game warden and expert trapper Mike Sells on his muskrat line. As Mark and Mike talk and check traps, each reveals their process for catching muskrats, and exchange stories of successes and failures as they go through the day.
Mark Steck meets up with Charlie Masheck and Justin Jett of Hoosier Trapper Supplies and Hoosier Trapper Outdoors on their bobcat and coyote line in the Ozark Mountains. Being in the outdoors breathes a breath of fresh air into you, and this trip is no exception. Catch the boys running the long line and having fun doing it… But it’s going to be a longer night in the fur shed by the time they get done checking!
Introducing young people into the world of trapping is essential to the craft surviving and our wildlife being properly managed. Thirty-year-old Matt O'Hearn is a trapping free spirit. For three months of the year, he leaves Iowa and does beaver control in the southern US. Landowners pay him well for his hard work and expertise. In this first episode of two, Matt finds some pleasant surprises in his traps, as he takes you along on a couple days you won’t soon forget.
We continue down the line with Matt O’Hearn, as he checks his southern trapline adding multiple species to his abundant harvest. It’s amazing to watch Matt’s passion for the outdoors and true example of a sustainable lifestyle. Meanwhile, his dad Red prepares a delicious beaver roast back at camp completing the circle of a sustainable lifestyle they both believe deeply in.
There is nothing more fun than sharing time in the outdoors with a friend. In this episode, host Mark Steck’s childhood friend joins him on his road right-of-way muskrat float line. The stories are flying as the check starts to pile up. We don’t think any long-held secrets are revealed, but some hints may be present as the day draws to an end.
A couple seasons ago, we had 2 great shows featuring Dan Roberts trapping coyotes and a couple with Dan trapping bobcat. Well, Dan didn’t do too shabby coyote trapping last year, harvesting almost 700 coyotes on his northern and Texas coyote line. Today you get to witness coyote after coyote being caught in Texas ranch land and see all the skill Dan demonstrates to make sure every second is being directed at success!
Host Mark Steck joins Pennsylvania Trapper Phil Brown on his southwestern coyote line. Phil is known for his huge canine catches over the last 40 years. You’ll see Phil in action, how he sets, how he baits and how the fur starts to pile up. These are the methods of true long-liner and professional.
Rick Miller spends several months a year trapping cats and coyotes in Texas. Two weeks each year his brother Rollin joins Rick on his trapline., and yes, they are competitive. On this particular day they rack up an enormous catch. The “match” is a close one as the sun gets low. You are going to see two veteran trappers who trap fur and do nuisance control 12 months a year. They are true pros.
“Flicker-tails” are a nuisance. From holes in the ground to blown power transformers, they cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage nationwide. In this episode, host Mark Steck catches up with Pete Harper and his kids as they rid the local fairgrounds of a few hundred “flicker-tails”. Pete explains the effects of a non-managed fairgrounds, and the amount of money he’s saving the state as he works to thin the huge population of the “flicker-tails” overrunning it, before fair & concert season kicks off.
This is a story that needed telling. Join Mark Steck as he meets up with a true outdoors-woman, Dr. Beth. Enjoy a great day on the trapline as she takes us along through most of her trapline check across the Missouri countryside. From airports to livestock pastures and all places in between, Dr. Beth “buggies” her way through the Missouri countryside helping neighbors, friends and business owners protect their livelihood, by thinning out the predator population.
Bart Hiller and Rick Friedrich leave their Missouri homes each year to pursue adventure in the rugged highlands of New Mexico. Bart says they are “living a dream”. They pursue a variety of furbearers. High on their list is the valuable bobcat of these mountains. In this episode, a blanket of snow falls during the night only to enhance the rugged beauty of their trapline.