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Any Fur Trappers???
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Kyle    Posted 10-23-2001 at 17:58:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any body on here use traps for fur from coons coyotes fox etc.???? use mostly foot traps and that kinda stuff any body have any tips or tricks for trapping that could help me?? thanks!

iqra    Posted 02-05-2002 at 19:19:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ok i need HELP i have to do a project on fur trappers can u plzzzzzzzzz HELP ME

CJC    Posted 11-29-2001 at 20:26:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I imagine that your season has already started. I used to trap, when the prices were right and I was much younger with a lot more free time.

I always 'skinned' a willow tree for it's bark and then boiled my traps in the junk for a day. The traps will be dyed dark blackish blue, this worked well where I lived. Won't work with Georgia clay.

Also, used to take a skinned muskrat out to where I though the foxes were and dug a 45 degree hole and partially buried the rat with a #2 double coil spring at the entrance, be sure to use a drag if available, they get pretty upset when staked down. Also carry a .22 with you, skunks and possums like that awful smelly stuff too.

I really good place for 'coons, if you have them, is field tiles. The big clay kind that have water running into a drainage ditch, a 330 conibear works well there, but a #2 double spring is good, too.

If 'rats are worth anything, walk the creek bed with your waders on, when you see what looks like a hole, stick your foot in it, if it goes all the way, you may want to set a trap there.

You'll get pretty adept at all these things with time. I kinda wish that I was still doing it, have about 100 traps hanging in the shed now..

Hope this helps you, Good luck!

scott    Posted 05-19-2003 at 20:08:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ordered my first traps today. Trying to catch an otter or probably otters in my pond. What trap would you suggest. I got 280's, 330's, and a #3 spring handle. Have found where he enters. between two clumps of tall grass. How should I set them from there? Really would appreciate the info.

harvey    Posted 10-24-2001 at 22:30:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Check out this guy. Bob trapped for many years. He can be contacted through this web site.

You all might like his recitals.

Redbelly1    Posted 10-24-2001 at 10:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I trapped Beaver years ago. I'll tell you what little I know about that. As others have mentioned, keep human scent away.

When trapping a lake,the best place is to find a slide,(a trail that the beavers use to go into the water). Use old dog chain to tie three #1 double spring jump traps onto a flat rock about the size of a basketball,(maybe a little bigger). One chain per trap and leave about two feet of slack in each chain.

Place the rock about a foot into the water in front of the slide, and place the traps on, or around the rock. Now tie a twenty foot long chain(not new), or cable, from the rock to a tree stump or root. Lightly cover all of this with leaves and/or sand from the water.( no sticks)

The beaver will slide down into the water and onto one or more of the traps. He will think something has him and dive fast, taking the rock with him. When he gets to the end of the chain and cant go any farther down, he'll try to chew his leg off to get away. He cant get back above water because of the weight of the rock and will hopefully drown before he can chew his way free.

The process is almost identical when trapping a river. The only difference is you've got to find a spot in the river deep enough to drown him.

If you want to trap at a beaver dam, bust a hole in the dam,(not very big) and let the water level drain down in the beaver pond, then place your traps a foot into the water on the pond side of the dam at the place you busted up. Do everything else the same. Check this every morning and evening cause it wont take Mr. Beaver long to come check out the hole in his dam.

If he dont step on a trap, you'll probably find one or all of your traps have been used to repair the hole.

Have fun.

LazyHorse    Posted 10-23-2001 at 18:18:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
The biggest thing is similar to hunting in that you need to be careful about leaving your scent on traps set for predators. Human scent will scare em away quick. Coon, possum, muskrat, are all easy to trap, but there isn't much money to be made on furs anymore. I like the challenge of Coyote, and fox trapping, but it is sometimes a real challenge depending on the terrain, soil conditions, and competition in the area. Another tip would be to buy the best lures you can afford, and try to make your sets invisible.

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