Nov 25

A look into the truly hard-core trapping minset, not for weak of heart


A look into the truly hard-core trapping minset, not for weak of heart

Last chapter from Mindset of a Professional book, by Clint Locklear


At last my ranting and raving is coming to a close. A few last statements before you go off and conquer your world. What can your trapping season be like? What are you going to do with our time spent together? Then I will have a few parting words.

What can your season be like if you get the mindset of a professional? It can be a brutal and a beautiful thing that you can take a great amount of pride in. I know most of us trappers are country boys at heart. We like the blue-collar working man songs that we sing to ourselves as we ride down the road. Learn to speed up your tempo and move to a faster and stronger beat. Learn to think and move to the rhythm of a screaming guitar solo from Uncle Ted. Trap to a beat that is strong, loud and fast. Learn the live and thrive in a state of wide open controlled chaos. Feel the adrenalin coursing through your veins as you attack your line with the intensity of a gladiator standing on sacred ground, your trap line. Feel the power of the “not one inch of back up” in your backbone. You will love the felling of the Blitzkrieg as you travel around the county taking animals in such a way as to scare the hell out of the local boys and the tree hugging biologist. You will be spotting locations and gang setting so hard that the animals are better off waving white flags of surrender, but you won’t and can’t slow down. You will be covering the country in a wave of absolute devastation. People will be thinking a black pelage of death and carnage has entered the fur baring population, but the plague they fear is driving a 4×4 pickup truck and wearing hip boots.

Take pride in the fact that you sleep less and enjoy the pain of ball busting work. Take pride that you cover more ground, set more traps and take more animals than you ever thought possible. You are in the “zone”, a blur of setting, catching, pulling and doing it all over again day after day after day. Learn to enjoy bad weather, no thrive in it. Learn to cover more miles and make each stop count. Your best friend is the one in your head that is screaming at the top of his lungs, “you will not fail, you will not fail, you will not fail!!!!” and “move your ass! Go, go, go”. You will love this voice because it is the voice of winning, and loosing is not even allowed in your vocabulary. When you have problems, you stand your ground like a gunslinger and take on all on comers. You will not be denied, because you plan and fight to win. Feel the rush as you push your body to the brink of failure and beyond. Feel the power of being a man in the land of want-a-be’s. Smile when someone tells you, “you can’t make money trapping anymore”, because you know better, you live it day after day and year after year. You are a fierce scary creature because you are driven and a man that will always complete his mission and will never, never fail. You will be this man. Be this man everyday you have the strength to breathe. Learn to conquer your fears and the negative thoughts. Be proud to be this man, be proud to make money and be proud to keep moving when most men want to lie down and quit. Be possessed with the life and the line of the “hardcore” and the true “long liners”. This is your home, your ground and in the land of the hardcore, you are king. You rule with an iron fist and take no prisoners. Sure this is an extreme view of trapping. Sure this is not the norm in today’s world. Sure it’s a dark and a commanding mind-set, so what! Welcome to the world of the hardcore, welcome to my world. I make absolutely no apologies for it. This can also be your world, your home, your mind-set. No, this is not an easy path. No, this is not always fun and no it’s not for everyone. For the true fur warriors this is the only place to be and the only world they want to be in.

If you feel the calling to step toward the light, step to the hardcore light with guns drawn, the door is open, and I say welcome friend, but you better come with guns blazing. Remember the face of your fathers and enjoy the ride and what a glorious ride it will be. You want to know how I look at trapping; there it is, the good, bad or ugly. If this mindset offends you, sorry. I probably didn’t write this book for you anyway. This book was written for the trappers that want to be the best, not just be. I know there are guys that want to be pro and live the life of an outdoorsman. I hope they get something from this book and reach down and “cowboy up” to their dreams. This would tickle me to death to know that someone out there got the needed push or kick in the pants.

So, if you’re one of the ones that this book is written for, what are you going to do? What are your intentions? I will end this rambling with one question and one statement.

Question: Are you going to stop screwing around and decide “I WILL NOT FAIL”? Or are you going to stay in the twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat?


Good luck in your trapping adventures. If you decide to become a pro, I hope you find what you’re looking for. Whatever you decide to do, do it wide open and enjoy the adventures. Life is too short to not chase your dreams. So whatever your dreams and goals are, never stop attacking. Your life is for living, so go live. I hope to meet you at a convention or better yet on the battle field of the long line.

Clint Locklear

P.S. What are you still doing on the couch, MOVE! You have a lot of work to do and a lot of miles to cover. Go! Go! Go!

Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they may act their dream with open eyes and make it possible. -T.E. Lawrence


  1. james E jackson

    amen to you,i am new to your site,but have seen you on trapperman.i have found where i’m supposed to be.keep up the great work

  2. Beavertrapper

    Excellent writing! It is this type of never say die, no matter what mentality that produces true success in a man.

    For financial reasons, I drive a small car. I don’t own a truck, a four wheeler or most of the other things that “you gotta have” to hunt or trap. I also kill more deer than anyone in my club. I have to park near the main road and I hike in with my climber and a large 80 liter back pack.

    When I shoot a deer, I cut it up on the spot, taking the quarters, loins and boning out the neck meat. I pack it all in pillow cases used a meat bags, then I hike it all back out. I do this in the dark, up and down hills, in the mud and rain. I then trim and grind my own meat when I get home.

    At 48 years old, it gets harder each year – but I do it, and I know that I can do what it takes to put meat on the table – no matter what. There is a certain freedom you experience when you decide to not let conventional wisdom limit you.

    1. admin

      I agree, the mind, the will and the ” fire in the belly” is the difference between the men and the boys in the outdoors.

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