Sep 13

Trapping Radio – 80- OSCAR CRONK from Maine talks fox, muskrat, coyote, mink, bobcat trapping and hunting.

 OSCAR CRONK from Maine talks fox, muskrat, coyote, mink, bobcat trapping and bobcat hunting with hounds.

OSCAR CRONK on trapping radio


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Tonight on Trapping Across America we have a legend in the trapping industry, OSCAR CRONK. I had the pleasure and the honor to interview Oscar Cronk when I was in Maine. This is a cool interview to say the least. We talk about trapping and hunting in the great north country. We also get into muskrat trapping, mink trapping, human odor with coyotes and fox, bobcat trapping and his love of hunting bobcats with hounds in Maine. This is a long show, but action packed for the Organic Free Range Wild Fur Farmer. I stole ( forgive me Oscar) some of his text on his web-site. Talk about trapping history in ones life and business!

oscar cronk on trapping radio

Welcome to the outdoor supply house that is a continuation from the Arnold family that started the trend back in 1870. Lon Arnold was a market hunter in Maine, when it was legal. He hunted caribou, bear, moose, deer, and trapped elusive animals that roamed the wild forests of Maine. He developed scents to attract all these animals.

In 1918, Lon’s son, Walter, was the pioneer in America for developing and selling deer lures, trapping lures, and dog training and breaking scents for houndsmen. For 44 years he continued the Arnold tradition of making and selling animal scents. Oscar Cronk became friends with Walter Arnold, the legendary mountain man, and bought the Arnold business in 1962. Since that time he has used the Arnold knowledge along with his 50 years experience developing the best deer and bear lures on the market today. Oscar, well known hunter, trapper, houndsmen, and veteran outdoorsman makes and tests every product before it’s placed on the market.              

From the 1870s to the new millennium the Arnold and Cronk tradition of serving sportsmen has never stopped. The knowledge gained by Lon and Walter Arnold has been transferred to Oscar Cronk. Oscar is not only the heir to this dynasty, but is the “Last of the Breed.”

Our sponsors this week are as follows:

Okie Cable & Trap Supply, They are large enough to get you a deal, and small enough to give you the customer service you need.  Make sure to check out their web-site at www.oktrapsupply.com

Jeb from Okie has a deal for Trapping Radio listeners only. If you tell him you are a Trapping Radio listener you will get five dollars of every dozen of Z Trap dog proof traps you get from him. This deal is for the NTA and all orders for the month of August 2013. He will also have the new Freedom Brand Dog Proof Traps at the NTA.

New Sponsor! Wildlife Control Supplies, Proven Solutions for Wildlife control! If you are in the ADC business or are thinking about it, WCS is a company that has what you are looking for and a proven dependable company to work with. Check them out at Wildlife Control Supplies

F&T Fur Harvester’s Trading Post, “Everything you need for Trapping, Hunting with Hounds and Predator Calling”. Check out their web-site www.fntpost.com

New sponsor! Blue Ridge Outdoor Supplies, they have fast, friendly service and enjoy talking with trappers. See what they have to offer at http://www.blueridgeoutdoorsupplies.com/catalog/

Blue Ridge is running a special for Trapping Radio listeners only at conventions or pick up orders.  Duke 1 1/2 Coil Spring traps for $50.00 Dozen, 1 Gallon of my Mountain Rebel Lures Fox urine $20.00. Don’t miss out!

Host Clint Locklear

Host Clint Locklear


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  1. SCOTT

    Great interview!! For those of us who rarely get to spend time with other trappers, its a breath of fresh air and great motivation. Love listening to those who have gone before and are living the real American dream! Thanks Clint and company and thanks Mr. Cronk!!

  2. The Meat Trapper

    So much truth in your “rant”. You are dead on when you talk about what it takes to get a 10K raise. I recently told my boss “Why in the world do I want a raise? Obama will take half and flush it down the toilet, my wife will take the other half and flush it down the toilet and I’ll end up working my butt off for nothing”.

    At least when I’m trapping I’m putting food on the table and fur money in the bank. I’m reinvesting everything I make into traps and PM’s. Both traps and precious metals are tangibles that will last for years and years.

    I recently got paid $450 to catch one beaver. A wealthy home owners association had an elderly resident that lived on a lake and a beaver was damaging his dogwoods. They were willing to pay anything to get the situation resolved to shut him up. I quoted them $450 a month as a fee. I resolved the issue with a TS-85 and some Flat Tail Call.

    You can make money trapping. You can feed yourself trapping.

    I miss the Entrepreneurial Trapper, and would be willing to pay a subscription fee for it.

  3. Aaron Vaughn

    Clint I would just like to say I really enjoy your broadcasts! I am 24 and have been trapping since i was around 10, I learn something from every broadcast. I just wanted to thank you for taking time out of your, i’m sure very busy, schedule to put these on the air! thanks again!

  4. Hank

    Animal understandings and teaching is great but watch the human they will tell you what not to do. My self i watch the competer and what they are doing wrong they are the best teacher or what they are doing right

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