Wis. 19-year-old is quickly gaining experience and having success in his trapping

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NEAR SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. — Jarid Rankila walked gingerly onto the frozen beaver pond, thumping the ice ahead of him with his ice spud — a long-handled spear-like chisel....

Otter tracks on a creek in the Solon Springs area make it a good bet for setting a trap. Bob King / Forum News Service
Jarid Rankila displays a selection of furs from animals he trapped on a snowbank. From left are coyote, fox, two otters, a mink and beaver. Bob King / Forum News Service
Jarid Rankila uses an ice spud to break through the ice so he can check a beaver trap in the Solon Springs area recently. At right is the beaver lodge. Bob King / Forum News Service
Jarid Rankila of Nebagamon Township noticed a small creek and culvert while checking his traps in the Solon Springs area on Dec. 18, so he stopped to set a mink trap on the ice inside the culvert. Culverts are handy because they protect the trap from getting buried under snow. Bob King / Forum News Service
Jarid Rankila submerges a beaver trap affixed to a long, wooden pole into a hole he chipped in the ice near a beaver lodge. When in position, he pushes down on the pole to anchor it in the muddy pond bottom. Bob King / Forum News Service
Jarid Rankila of Nebagamon Township displays some of the furs from animals he's trapped including a light brown coyote fur. Rankila wears beaver fur gloves and a hat made from beavers he  trapped. Bob King / Forum News Service
Trapper Jarid Rankila, 19, of Nebagamon Township gets ready to place a underwater trap for otter in a small creek in the Solon Springs area on Dec. 18. Bob King / Forum News Service
"This is a like a cupcake to a beaver," said trapper Jarid Rankila as he attaches a length of young popple to a beaver trap before lowering it into a beaver pond in the Solon Springs area recently. Bob King / Forum News Service

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