Score One!

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Score One!

Postby captainduckhead » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:31 pm

Due to an excessively long "honey do" list, I was unable to set traps on Sunday our Season Opener. I got back from Duck Hunting and my wife had other plans for me. So I got up this morning and started setting traps around 5:30 AM.
I managed to get 5 good sets in before I had to go to work.
I went back to make one more set around 3 PM today, and walked past one of my sets and found my first mink of the season
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Re: Score One!

Postby Preacher1011 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:08 pm

Good deal CDH, I've got till the Friday before our duck opener to set steel. Which I probably won't be able to do anyway. When are you setting up on the marina?
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Re: Score One!

Postby Whistlerwhittler » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:10 pm

Congrats on the mink CDH! Hope you get some more. I can't wait for our rat/mink season to open.
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Re: Score One!

Postby captainduckhead » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:17 am

I set up around the marina last night in the dark, 4 mink sets and 1 coon set. The one thing that sucks about setting traps in the dark, is often you don't get a good enough overall view of the area. I like to look at a set and actually visualize the approach. You just can't do that in the dark. As a result I ended up with 2 sprung traps this morning, and 1 robbed bait set. It's been a while and I sort of forgot a few tricks and bits of knowledge, like smart coons can rob the hell out of your traps and walk away with a nice meal without even setting off your trap. So I had to impliment a few stepping sticks, reposition a couple traps, and start fresh. We are plagued with feral cats around here so I'm a little nervous about getting one of those...
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Re: Score One!

Postby OrangeLake » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:46 am

Why would you be nervous about getting a feral cat?
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Re: Score One!

Postby captainduckhead » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:48 pm

OrangeLake wrote:Why would you be nervous about getting a feral cat?

Trappers have a bad reputation as it is. Most people wouldn't like the idea of someone trapping a cat. Once you catch one you've either got a hell of a battle on your hands or a dead cat. The marina where I work/trap is fairly active with customers and employees. I just don't want the hassle of catching some mangy ass cat
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Re: Score One!

Postby OrangeLake » Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:25 am

Yea, the "cat crew" is no fun to deal with. I used to do trapping for the USDA Wildlife Services and we would get some major flak from them if we had any accidentals they found out about.
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