Willis Kent Interview, August 1982


Willis Kent


Edd Nentwig



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Willis Kent describes how his father and grandfather first taught him how to trap in Missouri. Kent details his life as a trapper and tells of the numerous other jobs he took up to provide additional support for his family. He discusses how after trapping for many years in Missouri, he moved to Great Falls, Montana, for health reasons and continued to trap there. Kent talks about becoming involved with trapping for predator control in Montana, first as a federal employee and then through the local government in Phillips County. Kent recalls how his efforts effectively managed coyote populations that threatened the stock of local ranchers.


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Document Type

Oral History


Kent, Willis L., 1926-1999 – Interviews; Trappers -- Montana – Interviews; Trapping -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Predatory animals -- Control -- Montana – History; Coyote trapping -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Trapping -- Montana -- Equipment and supplies – History; Trapping -- Missouri -- History -- 20th century; Game calling (Hunting)

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 099-026, 027

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:37:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_099_026_027.mp3; OH_099_026_027.pdf

Willis Kent Interview, August 1982