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.
Trappers, Montana, Biography; Trapping, History; Predatory animals, Control; Game calling (Hunting); Game calling; Predator control
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 099-026, 027
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)
Kent, Willis, "Willis Kent Interview" (1982). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 19.