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Harvesting fur

Fur, root dealer enjoys trappings of his trade

Calvin Calp is the owner of Calp’s Fur and Root in Hoisington.

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While farmers harvest grain, Calvin “Trapper” Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp’s Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.
Calp is one of a handful of commercial fur harvesters in Kansas. He renews his fur dealer’s license annually and keeps records on everything he buys and sells.

“Beaver season’s the only thing that’s open now,” Calp said. Opossum, badger and bobcat season closed on Feb. 15. “I’m just getting caught up,” he said Wednesday morning as he worked on a ...


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