Gov. Noem’s “Second Century Initiative” features a massive trapping program for young South Dakotans in hopes of increasing interest in hunting and fishing. While I am an outdoorsman, I do not condone this practice.
A better alternative is to teach youngsters how to safely hunt. Most importantly, they ought to be taught to only shoot when certain of a clean kill, one relatively painless to prey. One shot is all that should be required. Furthermore, hunters should eat what they kill. This is how a sportsman takes game.
Trapping is inhumane. Animals suffer pain for extended periods so the trapper can pocket a bounty and the meat is often wasted. Who wants to eat an animal that laid beneath the hot sun awhile?
Given recent reports on the loss of species, we should avoid killing wildlife. There are humane alternatives for dealing with troublesome wildlife. See the USDA Department of Agriculture’s Factsheet on Nonlethal Management of Wildlife Damage https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/wildlife_damage/content/printable_version/fs_nonlethal_mgmt.pdf.
We often don’t understand the role of a species in our ecosystem as evidenced by the positive effect of returning wolves to Yellowstone. Short-sided decisions should be avoided.