William “Bud” Moore describes his introduction to trapping as a child. He details how he learned to trap, some of the mountain men who influenced his decision to trap, and his father’s encouragement of the lifestyle. Moore reminisces about trapping alone in the Lochsa wilderness and the challenges he faced. He discusses land and wildlife management and the future of trapping in Montana. Moore details the history of trapping and discusses his own 90-mile trapline in the Bitterroot Mountains. He also considers the ethical aspects of trapping and the policies of state and federal government agencies regarding land use as it relates to wildlife in the Bitterroots.
Trapping, Montana; Predator control; Montana Department of Fish and Game; Fur trapping methods; Fur trapping equipment; Wildlife conservation; Bitterroot Mountain Range; Lochsa, Montana
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 099-022, 023
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)
Moore, William, "William "Bud" Moore Interview, December 12, 1981" (1981). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 17.