Trapper Nick

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    Several raccoon hides hung in ErnyÕs workspace Jan. 14 as he worked to stretch a beaver hide on a wire hoop. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Before setting out to check and set new traps on the morning of Jan. 14, Erny loaded his trailer with a variety of traps. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Erny grabbed traps from the back of his truck Jan. 14 to set in a stream that ran under County Road N 600W near Ireland. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Erny uses a special bait he makes himself to set his traps for raccoons. The recipe for the bait is a secret. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Erny walked along a drainage ditch on a farm northwest of Ireland checking for signs of beavers. Erny was asked by the property owner to try to eradicate beavers from the area. Upon surveying the area, Erny determined beavers were recently in the area but had since left. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Fresh raccoon footprints littered the bank of a stream that ran under County Road W 400N near Jasper. He set a trap after seeing the footprints. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Erny pulled a red fox pelt onto a stretching board to allow it to dry. Pelts are stretched onto the wooden board inside out. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    A coyote pelt hung from the rafters of Nick ErnyÕs workshop on his Holland property as he worked on stretching a beaver pelt on a wire hoop Jan. 14. From Nov. 15 to Jan. 31, Erny spends almost all his spare time fur trapping. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Several raccoon pelts hung drying on boards in ErnyÕs workspace. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Erny combed the fur of a red fox pelt before he stretched it onto a wooden board to dry. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald