I usally just dye them but why in this day and age would you go with leg hold traps? Try out some of the conibear traps and the new leg hold snares as there is an international moratorium on the use of steel jawed leg hold traps and they are trying to do away with them for the most part.
For muskrat use submarrine traps, mink use 120 conibear set in a wooden box 2.5 ft long and 5.5 -6" on the inside with a slot cut out for the the trap to set down thru. put these boxes out about 1 week before the season and bait them the mink will get used to them and then you set your trap in it and presto mink on the first night or two, the use of the box keeps coons and other critters from stealing your bait and springing your traps, The use of any conibear trap with a jaw spread of more than 4.7 inches is restricted to, in or over water, or in a dog proof box, or where the trap is placed 5 ft or more off the ground. That is for here in NS. Hope this is of some help and btw it is recomended that you never wax or even dye conibear type traps as it makes them extremly dangerous to set. Good luck and good trapping
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