[quote="Preacher1011"]I'd dye them or at least boil them to get the grease off of them. What ever you do DON'T wax them. You'll get caught in them for sure if you do. I dye mine, but it's not necessary. If you plan on putting any on land or above the water boil them. Not sure how well critters can smell underwater, but you know what they say about an ounce of prevention.
Preacher, I used to think like you do. Don't wax the conibears. I thought up a great way of waxing conibears and it works like a charm. After your conni's are dyed and dried, I set them and turn the spring or springs down toward the bottom of the trap. second I grip the upper jaws (the one with the dog and the trigger mechanism) with 2 pairs of channel locks, (one in each hand). Next, I dunk the conibears nearly under the wax leaving only the top jaws (trigger and dog) above the surface. This will wax the entire trap, except the dangerous parts. It gives the trap great performance, longer life, without the danger of wax on the firing mechanisms. I even do this with 330's
I should add that I leave them set and hang them up until they are thoroughly cooled and dried before springing them and putting them away.