Local man to be featured on Pursuit Channel

Published 6:59 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Greenville native Doug Boswell will be featured in a television program for his talents as a trapper.

The 2000 graduate of Greenville High School will appear in January on the Pursuit Channel’s “Trapping Across America” series.

Boswell said he will appear in episode three.

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Film crews will be in Butler County following Boswell around for three days in two weeks, he said.

Boswell said he moved his family back to Butler County last year and has opened Boswell Wildlife Control.

Boswell has been a hunter, fisher, fur trapper for 20 years, but got started with trapping right out of high school.

“I worked for the Butler County Road department when I got out of high school,” he said. “I was on the beaver control unit and busted up beaver houses. They build these dams in front of the pipes. It causes a lot of wear and tear on the pipes. I was introduced to the other aspect through that.”

Now, he specializing in trapping beavers and getting them out of the area to prevent them from building dams.

“It’s a more efficient way of allocating tax dollars,” he said.

In addition, he deals with coyotes for farmers that have attacked livestock.

“It has escalated over time,” he said. “ Someone would call and ask if I could get a racoon out of the attic. It just grew from there. I handle problems with snakes, skunks, bats, hogs, beaver, coyotes.”

Boswell has a permit for a 10-county area.

“We kept our focus on an hour-and-a-half travel time,” he said. “We’ll go 24 hours a day. If someone has a skunk in their chicken house at 2 a.m., they can reach us. Venomous snakes? That’s a priority. Any animal we can release legally, we are going to release.”

Boswell said that playing with critters has been his thing since adolescence.

But how did Boswell get involved with the Pursuit Channel?

He said he made a post on a trapping social media page he is a member of, and the rest is history.

“I’ve learned a lot of over the years of who to work with in this business,” he said. “And another guy mentioned Trapping Across America.”

While film crews are here, Boswell said, they will go with him to check traps that he already has in place.

On the second say, he will go over how he sets up traps, and scout an area.

“We’ll do all that on film,” he said. “And we’ll talk about why we do it.”