The first Hunter and Trapper Education and Safety Course of the season is April 6-7 here at Long's Outpost in Martinsburg. Register online at the Game Commission at This class is free. The goal of hunter education is to help hunters and trappers become safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved because all of these qualities are necessary for the survival of hunting and trapping.

Contrary to most concerns, a trapper is as humane as a firearm hunter. The experienced trapper sets their traps in a specific way that humanely traps the animal. Trap sizes are determined by what animal is intended to trap. Most traps are designed, not to cause damage, but to contain the animal. Trapping in older times was intended for selling furs and hides. Animal rights organizations, anti-hunting sentiment and the use of synthetic furs, have diminished the demand for furs. It's unfortunate as real fur is much softer and warmer than synthetic. A good beaver hide is known to catch $15. Most trappers continue to trap as a hobby. Trapping is still very necessary to keep predators in check. Some nocturnal animals are trapped to prevent rabies, mange and distemper. Coons, muskrats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and beavers are primary targets. Every year is a learning experience. Certain scents/lures only work in certain areas. Long's Outpost has fur bearer license. Customers praise the large selection of trapping supplies at our stores. Long's offers a extensive inventory of traps, scents, lures, skinning supplies, powdered and liquid antifreeze and fleshing knives, along with many other items.