Welcome to the
Canadian National Trappers Alliance
The Canadian National Trappers Alliance
is Canada's only National Organization representing Canadian Trappers.
Because of the great distance spanning Canada's East Coast to West Coast,
it is often hard for Canadian Trappers to get together to discuss trapping,
the fur trade, issues and concerns facing trappers, trap standards, exchange
methods and tips, and just good old chat about trapping in general. The
main purpose of this website is to allow trappers to do just that without
ever having to leave their home.
The CNTA Executive and members hope
you find this site informative, educational and enjoyable. Most of all,
we hope it offers Canadian trappers the opportunity to keep up to date
on new regulations, issues and news facing trappers today as well as allow
trappers to express any concerns or ask any questions they may have. Canadian
Trappers, this is your site, please feel free to make full use of it and
please Support the CNTA by purchasing your membership.
*Note: Athough this site is designed
for Canadian Trappers, Trappers throughout the U.S.A. and Worldwide are
Everyone has heard of them, some have used them in limited
applications, but hardly anyone uses them to their full potential!
A true mark of a professional fur harvester is their
equipment. This would include modifications for animal comfort AND of course to
reduce fur damage.
Most who harvest Canines DO use swivels and these
professionals realize the value in them as many canines would be lost if not for
inline swivels in the trap chain and on base of traps.
A legendary Canine trapper once was asked how many swivels
should one use?...His reply was this...."If you had a trap chain made of just
swivels ,that would be perfect!" He went on to say that in even a short
section of chain the possibility of "binding" can occur and is simply bad
business in Canine trapping.
SO...lets introduce our star LAW maker.....Ladies and
Gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the Infamous, world renowned and seldom
celebrated MR. MURPHY A.K.A. Murphy's Law!!!
This Law WILL apply EVERY time you don’t want it to!
I think back over my trapping career and remember the Fisher
that got into a marten set and broke the tie wire[no swivel]and I spent a day
following it to catch up with it and dispatch and recover my trap.
I think of the Otter who came over a spillway on a beaver
dam and slid over half way through a 330 Conibear and twisted off the tie wire
[yes, again no swivel!, dam Murphy’s law!!]
I look back on snares twisted and fur damage as a result of
no swivels AND Murphy’s law!!
And I could go on, but anyone who has seen a few seasons on
the trapline knows full well what I am talking about.
And to those starting out in this fantastic outdoor pursuit
,we call "Trappin" Please learn from us more seasoned individuals and move
yourself forward in leaps and bounds!
Install swivels on ALL your traps!
All your snares PERIOD.
Don’t wait for Murphy’s Law to come into effect...just erase
THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SWIVELS
Damaged fur due to no swivels......10% off fur cheque
lost time and productivity due to no swivels.....hundreds of
damage to the fur Industry when one of your escaped animals
is found by a non trapper due to no swivels....cant put a price on it, BUT it is
To be humble and honest with you I can say that in my 40
years trapping I have cost myself well over 1000.00 by not having swivels on ALL
Anybody want to guess how many swivels can be bought for
I can tell you it is more than you or I will ever need in a
lifetime to do all our traps.
So for a very small investment YOU can realize HUGE savings!
Savings that may in fact preserve the Trapping Industry.