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#380348 - 10/22/07 06:14 PM For you trappers who trap away from home.....
Paul Dobbins Offline
"Trapperman custodian"

Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
When dad would go out of state to trap, he'd have lapses in communication with mom. Back then there weren't any cell phones and to call would require a trip to town to use a phone at a phone booth. Dad would write, but his trips to the post office to mail his letters were not frequent.

Of course mom would get a bit P'Od about it, but usually kept her discontent to herself.

One time she hadn't heard from dad for quite some spell. I'm not sure if he was trapping in Western Tennessee, or Arkansas. Anyway, she decided to send him a form letter to fill out. She figured if he only had to check boxes, maybe he'd be more inclined to communicate. Of course this was something she did to make a point - lol. And.... she had a stamped and addressed envelope with it, so all he'd have to do is put the form letter into the envelope and mail it.

Later he wrote an article about this letter in one of the trapping magazines.

Anyway, here's a copy of that form letter. I crack up every time I read it.....



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#380353 - 10/22/07 06:17 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
shanemoss Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Cook Springs, Alabama/ SE WI
lmao...
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#380354 - 10/22/07 06:20 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
Sledgehammer Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Friend, NE
Oh man. That's a classic. Thanks for sharing Paul
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#380361 - 10/22/07 06:27 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Sledgehammer]
mark Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Logan County KY
ROFL
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#380364 - 10/22/07 06:28 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Sledgehammer]
Lil' Bit
Unregistered

that is so awesome. Your mom seems like a great lady.

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#380366 - 10/22/07 06:30 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: ]
Tim Wilcox Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Silver Springs, NY
Thats funny right there !!
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#380369 - 10/22/07 06:31 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Sledgehammer]
CedarRivrTrappr Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: St. Ansgar, Iowa
Thats funny.
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#380373 - 10/22/07 06:32 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: CedarRivrTrappr]
Cooncuff Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Omro, Wisconsin
Bet her point was well taken......Must have been really something growing up in your house....Thanks for sharing....CC
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#380406 - 10/22/07 06:49 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Cooncuff]
Jtrapper Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Alabama (Bama for short) 108 y...
haha, needed a good laugh this evening and that was a good one though i fear it may of given Shelly idea's??????? lol.

I recall reading that article by your dad and it was as funny then as this letter is now, lol.

The story of him bringing her flowers home when off with Hal trapping is also another good one, think Miz shared that one with me, lol.
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#380437 - 10/22/07 07:10 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: CodyCoyote12]
g3trappernc Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Iredell County, NC
That is hilarious. Thanks for sharing Paul...
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#380443 - 10/22/07 07:13 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: g3trappernc]
tonymalone Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Loc: AR. in the delta
Paul thanks for shareing,

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#380450 - 10/22/07 07:15 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: tonymalone]
Samuelhasguns Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Loc: Pennsylvania,Lackawanna
ROFL

Sounds like good times ! lol
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#380473 - 10/22/07 07:29 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Samuelhasguns]
270Jake Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Michigan
Thank you for sharing!

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#380502 - 10/22/07 07:44 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
MsCat
Unregistered


hahahahaa! I wish I'd known about that letter when I met your Mom, Paul.........I would have given her a big hug and told her what a great wife she was!

That is priceless........I think I'll use that style one of these days for Mr Woolson! Trapping season starts here Thursday!

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#380528 - 10/22/07 07:55 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: ]
MnMan Offline
trapper

Registered: 03/04/07
Loc: Central MN, sort of old
Your mom had a great sense of humor and I think that is what helped her raise you to become the fine upstanding citizen of the trapping community that you are. I really got a kick out of that letter! Thanks!
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#380559 - 10/22/07 08:09 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: MnMan]
MoSam Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Loc: Missouri
That's funny Paul -- thanks for sharing.

I only met your mom a couple of times but I enjoyed visiting with her each time. I will never forget your mom and i were talking at your booth in Columbia, Missouri for the NTA that year. There were a couple of ladies talking about how dirty thier husbands clothes were when they got home from trapping and your mom says to them
"It's just dirt honey it will wash out and if it doesn't they don't care they will put them on anyways" Not sure if it was what she said or how she said it that struck me as funny but I have never forgotten that.

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#380673 - 10/22/07 09:12 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: MoSam]
newhouse114 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: S.W.Oregon
I want to know if your Dad ever filled it out and mailed it back?
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#380703 - 10/22/07 09:33 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: newhouse114]
big ab Offline
trapper

Registered: 05/07/07
Loc: georgia
Your mom sounds like my mom was. Just hilarious.
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#380705 - 10/22/07 09:34 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: newhouse114]
Paul Dobbins Offline
"Trapperman custodian"

Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
LOL - No Chuck, that is the original and you see there are no check marks on it. He did cherish it though and wrote about it.
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#380710 - 10/22/07 09:37 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
linderbean Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Chicagoland
Paul, that's too cool! Thanks for sharing that! Very funny stuff right there!
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#380717 - 10/22/07 09:41 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: linderbean]
Edge Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: Iron County,Utah
LMAO!!

Thats a RIOT!!

Edge

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#380742 - 10/22/07 09:58 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
cotton Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: rual retreat va. soon be 19
lol
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#380762 - 10/22/07 10:22 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: cotton]
cwilld Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: North Idaho
Priceless...
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#380775 - 10/22/07 10:33 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: cwilld]
Luke the Trapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Utah
\:\) \:\) \:\)
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#380851 - 10/23/07 03:37 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Luke the Trapper]
Smok Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/01/07
Loc: Northen Calif . , Shasta Co.
I am sorry but I find no hummer in this . It maybe too close to home for me ? My dad was like that ..
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#380858 - 10/23/07 04:46 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Smok]
elkaholic Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: PA
I love it.
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#380859 - 10/23/07 04:48 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Smok]
Morgenholz Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Loc: SW Ohio
There's not much a man could say after receiving that one in the mail. You come by that sense of humor honestly, Paul, that's for sure.
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#380867 - 10/23/07 05:21 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Morgenholz]
flash Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: smithfield, virginia
needed that this morning paul. thank you!! scott

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#381002 - 10/23/07 08:41 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: flash]
CharlesKS Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Kansas,32,6-1,220,B/B NS
That outstanding.

i like how the writing got bigger and bigger, like she was getting more riled as it went!

to funny.....

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#381011 - 10/23/07 08:50 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: CharlesKS]
j lord Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Flatland TN
Great! thats priceless. it would actually make ya kind of sad if you recieved that kind of letter tho.
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#381018 - 10/23/07 08:53 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: CharlesKS]
Bottomline Offline
"Mr. President"

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Johnston County, NC
Thanks Paul. That's pretty good.
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#381041 - 10/23/07 09:16 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Bottomline]
BernieB. Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/08/07
Loc: Northern Minnesota
Absolutely priceless!
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#381059 - 10/23/07 09:28 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: BernieB.]
BigBob Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
Sounds just like a wife.
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#381164 - 10/23/07 11:14 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: BigBob]
BMLutra Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: NC
Very creative.

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#381184 - 10/23/07 11:31 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: BMLutra]
VikesBull Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/07
Loc: Central Iowa
Paul, have you thought about a DNA test?
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#381343 - 10/23/07 02:23 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: VikesBull]
nelacres Offline
"The Farmer"

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Derby, Vermont 45 for now
perfect.
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#381430 - 10/23/07 03:17 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: nelacres]
Bob Jameson Offline


Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: SW Pa
I can tell you one thing women are all the same regardless of the make or model........... It is quite distressing for my wife as I am gone for long periods of time at times. She accepts it but nonetheless doesnt always like it obviously as was expressed in your moms form letter to Charlie.

No doubt all state hopping trappers deal with this more so then others. We as trappers have the strong burning desire to do what we do and some women just cant or wont cope with such a situation. When one gets older(mature)LOL we just do it and oh well if they moan they moan and that is how it is. They adjust or move on I suppose.

Been down this road for a number of years but I try to keep my away time from home a month at a time. Last winter I was away 4 months in all. The last trapping leg in Kansas was a little over 2 months. A bit longer then normal but I just was not ready to return. \:\)

Each has to establish what is a tolerable time frame for them practically to be away from home and what the Mrs. will allow. Most seasoned married trappers have this part already under control or they are single,unattached at the time, hard core bachelors or just dont give a hoot............... LOL
I am somewhere in the middle of all that.~!!!!!!!
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#381552 - 10/23/07 04:45 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Bob Jameson]
ce-elmo.trap Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: Canton, Minnesota
An all time great one, Boss dont ever lose that letter.
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#381761 - 10/23/07 07:17 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: ce-elmo.trap]
Marty Harmon Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/02/07
Loc: north Mississippi
Thanks Paul, I remember that article. I always looked forward to You're Dads writing. I remember one time He was telling a story about when He was in the Armed Forces. He talked of how they maintained the vehicles. He said that there was a certain number of trucks that they had to periotically add gear oil to the rear ends of. He said that He noticed that the ones that they didn't have to add grease to tore up before the others. This showed Him that adding the fresh grease extended the life of the gears. This article, above all others, showed me that He studied every aspect of life, whether trapping related, or not.

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#387547 - 10/28/07 10:40 AM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Marty Harmon]
Cindy Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Bedrock, Arizona
That is a a classic Paul, thanks for sharing.

And thanks to you know who you are for sending me the link so I didn't miss something so important. Although i just got to it.
ouch


Anyhow it caused all kinds of emotions in me. Thanks Paul
Wonder if Wes ever seen this?

I miss your dad along with all of you, what a great man to match your mom, awesome people.!
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#388012 - 10/28/07 06:11 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Marty Harmon]
Riverotter2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/28/07
Loc: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
LOL, that a good one. Looks like someone might have been a little up set when they wrote that one. Bet your mom and my wife would have gotten along great Paul. Looks like something she would come up with.

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#388378 - 10/28/07 08:53 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: Riverotter2]
M. Howard Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Louisiana
That is to good. I had my son read it also, he LOL about that.
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#388387 - 10/28/07 08:55 PM Re: For you trappers who trap away from home..... [Re: M. Howard]
Cindy Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Bedrock, Arizona
M, Howard I hate those snakes, lol
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