STONY CREEK, NY | Johnny Thorpe is a name well-known to generations of trappers and fur takers across North America. His documented fur catches broke records throughout the 1960's and his pioneering exploits as a long-liner were recounted in magazines such as Fur, Fish, Game, in rousing tales said to have inspired many trappers, amature and pro alike. He trapped all over the country and taught many professionals his successful methods.
His status as an elder statesman of trapping was established long ago. He was inducted into the National Trapper's Hall of Fame in 1996, and was sought after as a writer right up to his last published articles for Trapper's World. When Johnny wasn't trapping, he was carving wooden Indians, wildlife, and totem poles or off on a new adventure, mining gold, treasure hunting and more recently being followed by film crews ready to catch a glimpse of his trapping instructions. His excursions were best captured by Alan Probst, in his All-Outdoor Series featured on Television.