Case Study for the Mark 6 Fenn Trap: Seth Bobb, Wisconsin

David Bennett David Bennett

At the British Rat Trap Company, LLC, we are interested in our customers!  They are the best source of information about how they use the traps, and how well the traps work for them, so we asked Seth Bobb of Wisconsin, who traps muskrat and beaver, to talk about the functionality of the Fenn traps he acquired from us, and to also show others that these traps are for far more than rats and moles.  It is our hope that we can be a good source of information for the trapping community, and hearing about the experiences of other trappers is the best way to not only create community on our website, but to also create a place for trappers to exchange information about their trapping interests and discover which of our traps are best suited to whatever they will be trapping.

Trapping has a long history in the United States; it was the French fur traders who blazed new paths into the upper East Coast, Canada, the Midwest and the West in the early years of settlement, when beaver pelts especially were at the height of fashion for ladies’ coats and men’s top hats.   Trappers also served as guides for the US government especially during the opening of the West, when settlers needed to get through the rough terrain over the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, and trappers often had good relationships with the various tribes of Native peoples with whom they traded.   Seth Bobb is continuing this fine tradition, and here he is, talking to us about why he started trapping, what he gets out of it, and how our Mark 6 trap, incorporated into his existing trap lines, help him achieve his trapping goals:

“About 10 years ago, I wanted to try and trap coyotes. So I took the trappers education course which is required in Wisconsin. Dry land trapping coyotes didn’t pan out so well for me.  I owe all my water trapping knowledge to my long-time friend Andy.  We get bored in the cold Wisconsin winters. So about 3-4 years ago we started otter trapping together, just to get out and do something during the winter. Then after the first year we tagged out on otters pretty quickly so we put a few beaver sets out and caught a few with a handful of traps.

Every year we pick a species and set ourselves an achievable number to catch, even with prices so low [for pelts]. Last year we set a goal of 30 beaver and had 36 in 1.5 months. We set a goal of 100 muskrats this year we are at 113 in in about a week, along with 1 beaver and a dozen racoon.

We trap big marshes out of a boat with a go-devil motor. Some of the most fun is coming up with new ideas for trapping or ways to speed up time or make things simpler (a lot of garage time) coming up with ideas making new things. So what we look for in traps because Andy and I trap together, since there is no monetary value, we look for longevity, repeatability and simplicity. So far in the short time of using the Fenn Mark 6 it has proved a deadly reliable trap, with great holding power on smaller animals like muskrats. I don’t consider myself a real trapper like the old timers, but I enjoy it and I like taking my kids along with me.  Like any hunting and trapping, it relies on our youth to protect and preserve it.”


Latest photo images of  trapped Muskrats using the Mark 6 Fenn Trap. Kindly provided by Mr Seth Bobb from December 2017.

Mr Seth Bobb, kindly contributed these images week of January 8th, 2018, continued success using the Fenn Trap MK 6 as part of his trapping arsenal. 

Thank you Seth, for taking the time to speak with us, and for allowing us to share your experience!   Other trappers are welcome to share their experiences with our traps with us, and we will write it up and feature you in future case studies.  Simply contact us on the website!  

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