F&T’s North American Trapper
July 7, 2010
I caught an episode of F&T’s North American Trapper for the first time this afternoon. The new show is the first of its kind to feature all trapping all the time.
Today’s episode featured Johnny Thorpe on his fisher trapline in the Adirondacks of New York. Johnny demonstrated how to make a few different sets, trap modifications, and other tips and tricks relating to fisher trapping. Thorpe is truly a professional and did a great job explaining his fisher methods.
Between segments of Thorpe’s trapping footage, host Alan Probst talked about animal disease during the short “Conservation Minute” segment and gave a short plug for the National Trappers Association. During the commercials, it was interesting to see advertisements from familiar trapping names like Duke, F&T Fur Harvesters Post, USA Foxx, Trapper and Predator Caller, and others.
Overall, the show was interesting and informative, but it wasn’t spectacular. The video and audio quality weren’t the best, and it looked like they just pulled segments straight from Thorpe’s fisher video rather than actually visiting him on the line and doing something specifically for the show.
Still, trappers can’t be too picky, as this is the only trapping show available on television and it’s still a lot of fun to watch. While it could have been better, I enjoyed my first episode of North American Trapper and will continue to watch it throughout the season. The show should do a great job educating a wider audience about the science and techniques behind the modern sport of trapping.
Look for a website in the near future at natrapper.com and catch the episodes on Wednesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 11pm EST on DirecTV channel 344 and Dish Network channel 230.