Hunting is literally the oldest sport on the face of the planet. Trapping is literally the oldest form of hunting on record. Thousands of years before this common era, cavemen used a variety of different traps to catch animals and birds. The animals they caught were mainly small furry animals or birds that they could eat and wear. They were creative with ways to catch their intended. Sometimes they would put a sticky substance on a tree branch and stick seeds on there. When the bird flew in to get the seeds he would get stuck long enough for them to throw a net over him.
The modern steel traps came along in the mid-1500s and they changed the game entirely. Hunters were able to capture bigger game with those big steel jaws. Steel jaw traps were dangerous and men sometimes were caught in them and maimed or killed.
Trapping was vital to the building of the U.S.A and continued to gain in popularity through the 1800s. In the 1900s as Americans migrated more and more toward city life, hunting with traps fell out of favor. Other forms of hunting picked up the slack for almost half a century, but trapping is making a comeback.
Hunting with traps is a new phenomenon to a whole generation of men and women. Outdoors people who have enjoyed hunting with guns or bows, are now discovering anew the challenge of trapping.
Homeowners are using humane traps more than ever before to catch rodents. Even school children are getting into the act by thinking of creative nonlethal ways to trap or snare rodents.
People in America’s heartland are using traps in record numbers to catch the over population of foxes. The foxes have been allowed to take over because the wolves were hunted to near extinction.
They say there is nothing new under the sun, and the renewed popularity of trap hunting certainly bears that out. One thing is for sure, we have come a long way since we put sticky stuff on a tree branch in the hope a bird would land there.