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Creek runway sets:

    If you find after you have placed a conibear trap in the main channel or runway that offer water access in-between ponds or bodies of water, that each time you come to check it that it has been sprung and nothing is there...try this.

Place that trap, usually a 220 back in the original set then place another 220 about 9inches in front or back of that trap. The usual problem is that an otter is causing you grief. By using this set, you will end up catching the otter in one of the two sets. Make sure they are not so close that they will effect their spring action.

On another section of water had run into the same issue. After setting the 2 220's, ended up catching a 13 inch sucker.

Under the Ice Trapping.

  • We all know how hard it is to chop a hole through the ice to make our sets. We take and cut hemlock or pine brows and place them over the hole. This helps keep the hole open and from freezing to thickly. The usual result is a thin layer of ice to get back to the trap.
  • Use air bubbles to locate animals- If the Ice is clear enough, you should be able to see lines of are bubbles of the major travel routers of beaver and muskrats. You can easily find places to set 110's for rats and 330's for beaver in main runways.
  • Mark trap locations with Survey Tape - If you are trapping locations out of sight of the road or less traveled place, it pays to mark trap locations with bright red or orange survey tape to check locations quickly. I can only speak for myself in that I tend to change trap locations often and when running 100 plus traps, I found I was spending a lot of time looking for traps.
  • Carry heavy duty insulated long sleeve gloves. - These are worth there weight in gold if your going to come in contact with with the water which is normally the case. Fall trapping isn't so bad, but when you start trapping in 10 too -20 degrees, it plays a major role in regards to frostbite. These can be purchased at any trapping dealer or on-line merchant.
  • Dress for the worst condition - If your a route trapper of where you have a line that is mostly spent getting in and out of your vehicle, toss a extra pair of cloths that you can put on quickly just in case you end up soaked. Line trappers need to also dress for the worst conditions in that it is easier to take off a few layers than not have them to put back on.

Lighter Pack Basket

Learn to skin your animals on the spot to reduce the amount of weight in your pack basket. We carry zip lock bags and when a catch is made, we skin the animal completely, roll up into a ball with fur side out. We do this for two reasons, one being the reduced weight and the other is the ability to place the fur in the freezer once we get home if we know we won't be able to get to stretching and fletching the animal for a few days. We usually take care of the fur one day a week and have a special freezer just for fur.

Before you toss any fur in the freezer make sure you have permission from your parents or spouse. If not, it may lead to trouble if they happen to reach in and grab it by mistake.


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