Baiting Muskrats

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Baiting Muskrats

Postby captainduckhead » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:16 pm

Any of you guys ever use bait sets for Muskrats? I've been doing it alot lately and it works pretty well. I found apples to work the best, but I've used carrots and potatoes as well. I used to do it under the ice in deep water but lately I've been doing it around floating docks where you can't get them to go through a conibear or step into a leghold. I'm just wondering if any of you here have used that method?
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Re: Baiting Muskrats

Postby Preacher1011 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:27 pm

Carrots and apples.
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Re: Baiting Muskrats

Postby cjg » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:31 pm

Lots of guys up this way use apples on a floating slab of wood.
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Re: Baiting Muskrats

Postby floating redneck » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:56 pm

muskrat musk or anise oil can work too but a float set can be great even with no bait
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Re: Baiting Muskrats

Postby premoj » Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:29 pm

some trappers use straight anise oil, or fresh muskrat glands to lure the muskrat. As to muskrat lures you can make yourself
1 ounce spearmint oil
2 ounces peppermint oil

1 ounce muskrat glands
2 ounces anise oil
1 ounce glycerin

1/2 oz. beaver castor
1/2 oz. sweetflag oil
1/2 oz glycerin
just a few i use
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Re: Baiting Muskrats

Postby waldo2382 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:25 pm

If you're muskrat trapping on ice, are there any pushup huts around? Is the ice thick enough to walk on. My technique is to just find those, chop the top off, place a 0 size leg hold on the platform that will be there and come back the next day. No bait needed. Sometimes I'm batting about 75% with a rat in it, others days its 10%, depends on the critters movements. Anyway, that's what works for me. Where I trap it is a lake with a good 10 to 16 inches on it right now.
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