lbhansford wrote:Any of you guys do any trapping?
lbhansford wrote:ordered a set of a dozen 1 1/2# Duke coilspring traps. Time to give it a go. got a lead on a ton of coons, foxes and even a few otters.
waterfowlman wrote:lbhansford wrote:ordered a set of a dozen 1 1/2# Duke coilspring traps. Time to give it a go. got a lead on a ton of coons, foxes and even a few otters.
Rust up those new traps in some lye. (or drano in water) Dye them in boiling water with black logwood crystal trap dye and beeswax floating on the surface. Hard to beat sardines packed in oil as an all around starter bait for those critters.
Make sure you have a good solid trap stake to hold the largest animal you expect to hang. Extra swivels on a short chain also helps hold em.
I used to run a line of 200 traps from daylight to dark with my two sons in eastern NC back in the day. Every morning was like Christmas!
Tip for otters. Don't try to hang them on their slide where they enter the water unless you are using conibears. Find their stooling area and look for their "step" where they leave the water.....front foot catch everytime. I always knew an otter was mine once I was able to find their toilet....mullet scales, crab shells etc. in their crap.
Good luck IB
P.S. I honestly believe that 90% of trapping success involves good scouting.
Cap'm Pooty wrote:We never skinned anything except a coon once in while when a local family for ask for one. We froze them whole and sold them whole. Man would come to my house once a week and buy them. I aint skinning no rats or anything else for 6 dollars, and then you have to stretch them, too...nope...too much work.
Cap'm Pooty wrote:We used black walnut hulls and shells for the large foot traps...boiled them and then the traps. All the conibears and small foot traps we used were rust free the first week of the season because the mud where we set them was acidic, it would eat the rust off them.
We had a guy named Buddy Flora from Moyock that would buy our fur, then Wilcox kind of took over for him. Best I ever got was about 2 months straight where large black rats were 9 dollars. We made a killing. in two weeks I made enough to buy a brand new 25 hP evinrude and a 16 foot polarkraft. That opened up my range for trapping and was easier than shoving a juniper skiff. But the grain embargo happened right after that, along with the animal rights movemnet and ruined trapping forever.