S. Stanley Hawbaker and Sons is a hunting and trapping company that specializes in manufacturing baits and lures for different wild animals. The company has also dabbled in writing and publishing, having published a catalogue of trapping supplies entitled "Catalog of Trappers' Supplies; Traps, Lures, Bait, Books, Axes, Etc" in 1945. S. Stanley Hawbaker penned several other short books about trapping techniques, including "Trapping North American Furbearers" and "Professional Mink Trapping."
S. Stanley Hawbaker and Sons was founded by S. Stanley Hawbaker in 1936 as a supply store in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, called Hawbaker Trading Post. In 1945, he moved the business to nearby Fort Loudon and renamed the company S. Stanley Hawbaker and Sons Firm. His two sons who went into business with him were named Edwin Hawbaker and Gary Hawbaker. S. Stanley Hawbaker died in October 1983 after a logging accident at his Pennsylvania home hospitalized him with severe injuries.
The S. Stanley and Sons Firm's enduring contribution to hunting and trapping is its line of trapping lures that includes models for trapping badgers, beavers, coyotes, wolves and grey foxes. The lures are still available for as little as $6 at various outdoor stores such as the massive F&T Fur Harvester's Trading Post in Alpena, Michigan.