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Jeff Traynor, A.C.E.

Writer | critic | Sustainable-Use Conservationist

Jeff Traynor is a licensed trapper, on-call urban/wildlife conflict consultant, Associate Certified Entomologist, and wildlife control operator for various clients and agricultural land-owners throughout The Granite State. Jeff was awarded the 2017 “Trapper of the Year” award from the NH Trappers Association, and was also awarded the 2017 “Communication Award of Excellence” from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission for his efforts with the Furbearer Conservation™ brand. He is also a certified Trapper Education Instructor in New Hampshire. Jeff’s opinions and commentary on the benefits of regulated furbearer management have been featured both in radio and print.

Jeff dedicates his time not only to advocating for regulated trapping practices, but also educating the public on furbearer characteristics and non-lethal alternatives to nuisance conflict situations with urbanized wildlife. He passionately regards the importance of, and advocacy for modern fur trapping both as a regulated outdoor activity and as an integral component of modern wildlife management, biology, and conservation. Jeff dedicates his time creating content for the Furbearer Conservation™ brand and website to help further the beneficial contribution regulated hunting and trapping activities contribute to modern wildlife management and diversity.

 Jeff Traynor with a live-caught beaver trapped in a beaver-specific cage trap. These cages are used in the trapping community for both fur harvesting and nuisance beaver relocation.

Jeff Traynor with a live-caught beaver trapped in a beaver-specific cage trap. These cages are used in the trapping community for both fur harvesting and nuisance beaver relocation.


"Self-reliant, and self-sustaining; I consider myself a solitary fixture in New Hampshire’s wild outdoors. Writer, critic and sustainable-use conservationist – with a dash of sarcasm and a pinch of "Yankee grit" thrown in for good measure.

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Many years of researching the current tools and traps used, and acquiring data from the experts, has led me to feel fully comfortable advocating, endorsing, and taking part in the activity of regulated trapping on the modern landscape. It is a passionate interest in the furbearing species native to New Hampshire's wilderness that have directed me to partake in this activity. I firmly believe the experiences and lessons I have gained through regulated trapping activities in nature can't be matched by any book or classroom."

 

While many in the “tourist” state of New Hampshire are out skiing and snowmobiling, I’m traversing the back-country and less traveled paths, discovering what makes the mink bound and the fox dive. I came to a realization early on in my trapping career that the activity of trapping is simply the vehicle in which I am utilizing to better understand the natural world around me. In nature there is life and death, there is also hunger and survival. Its a landscape that is raw, unforgiving, and also beautiful. The Hunter and the Trapper know the words in which I speak, and its something that can only be truly understood among one another. For the trapper, the furbearer species in which he/she pursues, and the lands in which they traverse must be conserved. As users of the natural land, we must protect and watch over these irreplaceable resources in a sustainable manner. Our regulated take of wildlife comes with a price: we must do everything in our power to conserve these resources for our future generations. Whether it be addressing nuisance wildlife conflict, assisting state agencies with meaningful data, or input regarding habitat health, the trapper is always giving back ten fold for what he/she takes from the wild.
— Jeff Traynor, Furbearer Conservation

 A few years on the trapline with a bountiful harvest of locally organic meat and fur.

A few years on the trapline with a bountiful harvest of locally organic meat and fur.