Trap Collection - Poets Trek

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Hully

Trap Collection - Poets Trek

Post by Hully » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:53 am

The Trap Collector

When you’ve got a pest that you need to arrest
And behave like a castle defender
Or if you’re contemplating eradicating
You first have to trap the offender

It’s true that I’ve tried and it can’t be denied
That my skills as a trapper a few
So for that special knowledge, you don’t go to college,
Go see Sharpey, out at Comeroo

Because it appears they’ve been trapping for years
And inventing more new and complete ones
And when each new design is thought to be fine
They throw out the old obsolete ones

Where do they go? The old traps they throw
Do they just fade away in the weather?
No, you can still see em, they’re in a museum
They’ve all been gathered together

Sharpey, he prizes those traps of all sizes
Others might call him a hoarder
But he treasures them all, spic & span on the wall
Hung in alphabetical order

There’s traps for all creatures with curious features
And methods of operation
With locks and jaws, blocks and claws
From every conceivable nation

Sharp edges and springs and odd looking things
He displays on the walls and the shelves
And my advice to you chaps, when surrounded by traps
Is, best keep your hands to yourselves

The temptations too much, you just want to touch
You reach out a finger perhaps
It’s usually a fact that it comes back intact
Though there are some red stains on those traps

Some men search for gold, and treasures untold
There’s many an Opal prospector
And then there’s a few who just love what they do
Like Sharpey, the old trap collector.
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Hully

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Post by Hully » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:56 am

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Post by manfredvijars » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:01 am

Put ya finger in one of those suckers - go on, I dare ya ... :D :lol:

Can't see the 'Man' trap there Hully ... or did one of the girls pinch it ??

Heather

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Post by Heather » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:30 am

Oh my goodness! Love the poem Hully and especially the thought of the traps in alphabetical order. What an amazing collection. Now I bet he is an interesting character. :)

Heather :)

Darren

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Post by Darren » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:43 pm

My father is in his late 80s and he told me a story of an uncle that trapped rabbits for a living back when dad was a boy. The uncle had the ability to set his traps and almost without fail the next morning they would all be full. He allowed dad to set a number of traps and usually they were empty. The uncle patiently explained that you need to set the traps where the rabbits were going to be tonight, not where they were last night! :lol:

You need to be able to think like a rabbit to make it work. I wouldn't think that many people would have a clue on how to set a trap let alone where to locate it today. Like so many other things in life as the older generation disappear so does an awful lot of knowledge.

Rimeriter

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Post by Rimeriter » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:55 pm

"Yay" Darren.

S'pose it doesn't matter to the young folk.
Their life still goes on ............. as it has done for us !!!

Jim.

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Post by Maureen K Clifford » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:29 pm

Cruel nasty bloody things :twisted: Don't have a problem with a bullet and a clean kill - have a major issue with these disgusting inhumane contraptions. No animal should be made to suffer unnecessarily regardless of how big a pest it may be

Taking that aside I liked the poem Hully

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Post by r.magnay » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:57 pm

...I don't think mice or rats suffer too much Maureen!... :lol: "SNAP!" pretty quick I reckon....I believe some doggers used to wrap a rag around the trap on one jaw, the rag would be soaked in poison and when the trap sprung the dog would try and chew at the rag and poison himself.....that was probably more to prevent them escaping than relieving the extended pain though!
Ross

Hully

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Post by Hully » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:14 pm

Yeah - its a vexed issue - amazing collection though, and talking of 'building a better mouse-trap', the collection has traps dating back to a heavy block of wood propped up with a stick from Holland circa 1600 - also some quite beautiful and delicate traps, ornately carved, designed to capture valuable birds without damaging them - (they don't SNAP - they sort of 'enfold')....and of course, there is the full sized - 'Man Trap' used for catching poachers....true....

And these guys gather regularly for trap collectors meetings - they travel around the world to attend - next one is at the rabbit trap hotel in....is it Albert???....not sure, but you can bet there would be a wealth of poems in that gathering ! !

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warooa

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Post by warooa » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:48 pm

Fantastic collection and excellent photos taken.

Trapping of wild animals is neccessary. Sometimes there's suffering that's unavoidable. This is a boar we trapped in a local Cooktown yard the other day.
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