Trapping is a very important part of Alaska's history. While many people today do not trap the way they used to, trapping helps balance animal populations and minimizes the natural swings that would otherwise bring population crashes that take decades of recovery.
Trapping has been the main source of income for bush Alaskans for a long, long time. Even before Russian, European and American traders came to Alaska, Native groups traded different furs for necessities that were not locally available. It is impossible to understand the history of the Alaskan bush without understanding trapping.
#9 Alaskan wolf trap
Trappers always refer to their average when they discuss the money they make from selling their fur. ìI got an average of $23 for my martin from ..."
"What was your average?"
Corey received the following prices for his fur. What was his average for each?
Marten are averaging $35, beaver $25, fox $20 and wolves $250.
Peter traps because he loves to be out in the woods and it is part of his heritage. He gets 97 marten, 0 beaver, 12 fox, and three wolves. How much money does he make from his fur this year? _______________
His expenses were:
Snowmachine parts $250
New traps and snares $300.
New tent and other supplies (gloves, scent etc) $450
He didn't consider grub, as he would eat at home as well as on the trapline.
How much does he clear after expenses? ____________
He pays about 20% in taxes including self employment tax.
He is able to depreciate his snowmachine for 5 years. He paid $7,500 for a Polaris wide track.
How much does depreciating his snowmachine save him in one year?
The next year in addition to his past efforts, he sets a few snares for wolverine and lynx. He also hunts muskrats and traps otter in the spring.
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