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October 26, 2008

Outdoors: Family traps together and stays together

Family traps together and stays together

To the Mohn family, trapping is more than a hobby, it is a family tradition.

Brian Mohn, of the Hamburg area, serves as District 11 Director of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, and is the father of three teenage girls, all of whom are trappers.

"They grew up around trapping and went to trapper conventions around the state and country. Through meeting very interesting and diverse trappers, they developed a strong outdoor knowledge," he said.

The eldest of his three daughters is Beverly, 19. "I've been a trapper since I could walk with my dad on the line. I have had my own trap line since I was 12," she said.

Carolyn is 17. "I learned to trap from my dad; he taught me basically everything I know," she said.

The last of the three siblings is Judy, 15. She, too, has been trapping for as long as she remembers, but she just started her own trap line two years ago. "I learned to trap from my dad and sister, but my dad is my biggest influence," she said.

Is there any competition between the three siblings? "I'm sure there is some friendly competition between them," their father said, "but they also avoid some of the competition by each taking preference to a different area.

"Beverly likes a water trap line for mink, muskrat and raccoon. Carolyn likes land-based trapping for fox, coyote and raccoon. Judy, being the youngest, was the last to the trap line and she likes fur handling. If I see any competition it is in taking pride in who can handle the fur best."

Trapping to the Mohn family includes making memories and simply enjoying the outdoors together. "I can remember when they each caught their first mink, raccoon, fox and Carolyn's coyote that pulled out and ran away on our approach," he responded.

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