Trapping in Alaska

When Russians first came to Alaska in the 1740s, they were seeking fur, and fur-bearing animals were an important element of Alaska’s economy for more than 200 years. Today, Alaska still has thousands of trappers, both those who make a living at it and those who do it for fun. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll hear more about an activity as old as Alaska itself.

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Photo taken from Wikimedia Commons
This photo depicts one trapper’s cabin in the Brooks Range. Photo by Karl Friedrich Herhold, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Jeff Tuttle, Alaska Frontier Trappers Association
  • Richard Person, Alaska Frontier Trappers Association
  • Michael Carey, Alaska journalist, trapping expert
  • Alaska historian and writer Laurel Downing Bill joins us at the midbreak with an excerpt from her book series, Aunt Phil’s Trunk – the chapter is called “The Trapping Life.”


BROADCAST: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. AKDT

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