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Title: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on November 06, 2017, 04:47:33 PM
Starting to get excited.  I have a couple more deer hunts and an elk hunt to do then all my time will be spent trapping.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Turner89 on November 08, 2017, 08:44:22 PM
Same here. I'll hunt muzzleloader deer, and than settle into trapping. Made some improvements on the fur shed this summer. Really looking forward to hanging out in there skinning.
  Good luck

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Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: bear hunter on November 08, 2017, 09:43:12 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on November 22, 2017, 03:38:40 PM
1 hunt down 2 more to go.  I can't wait to start trapping.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Magnum_Willys on November 22, 2017, 03:46:50 PM
Yea remember the good old days with leghold sliders and 330 conibears. Would have to relearn now with snares and suitcases !


Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on November 22, 2017, 04:37:10 PM
That's a good pic !!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Watimberghost on November 22, 2017, 04:45:34 PM
That's a good pic !!!
:yeah:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on December 02, 2017, 01:11:40 PM
I have one more elk hunt then I will start trapping.  But Trapperguy22 is going to get some sets out on Monday.  Getting really excited now.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on December 23, 2017, 02:23:27 PM
Finally trapping.  2 mink 2 rats.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Machias on December 25, 2017, 03:11:50 AM
Nice job!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on December 25, 2017, 05:25:46 AM
 Nice job!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: 3nails on December 25, 2017, 07:27:36 AM
 Excellent!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on December 28, 2017, 08:47:44 AM
2 beaver a mink and a rat.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on December 28, 2017, 09:08:01 AM
Got some work ahead of you!  Good job
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Norman89 on December 28, 2017, 10:08:52 AM
nice mixed bag there :tup:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on January 08, 2018, 02:39:36 PM
Couple mink and a couple of beavers.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Kit Carson on January 08, 2018, 07:04:42 PM
Nice work!  :tup:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 08, 2018, 07:10:35 PM
Looks like a great day on the line !!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Magnum_Willys on January 08, 2018, 08:20:34 PM
like to see em dried and brushed out...........  :-)
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: bear hunter on January 08, 2018, 10:45:41 PM
Nice job. Mink is still on my bucket list.  I haven't caught one yet
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on January 11, 2018, 09:31:56 PM
A rat and a mink.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Kit Carson on January 12, 2018, 08:20:29 PM
Nice!  :tup:

Have you guys ever tried any of the commercial mink lures?
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on January 12, 2018, 08:37:39 PM
we have but a beaver leg or muskrat carcass work best for us
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Kit Carson on January 12, 2018, 08:42:44 PM
Cool, thanks for the input!

Got 3 cages out with hind beaver leg in it. We'll see what happens. I watched 3nails YouTube videos. He said to get the pan about 1.5" below water.

What do find works best? Are you also catching some of them in swimthrus?

Only caught one mink before (in a bobcat trap  :chuckle:).
Always wanted to catch more so I'm targeting them this year a little bit.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on January 12, 2018, 09:21:50 PM
all the mink are caught in small cages. We set near the waters edge and cover the trap with grass so it looks like a tunnel. make sure if you are setting on a big stream make sure you wire it off in case the water comes up.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Kit Carson on January 12, 2018, 11:14:14 PM
Thank you!  :tup:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on January 17, 2018, 07:04:49 PM
2 more mink.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on January 17, 2018, 07:08:35 PM
Anyone ever had this happen?  We hung a beaver in this tree couple weeks ago.  The other day while checking it the beaver was gone and the tree was all tore up.  The beaver was hanging a foot or 2 higher than where the tree is tore up. 
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on January 17, 2018, 07:33:33 PM
Anyone ever had this happen?  We hung a beaver in this tree couple weeks ago.  The other day while checking it the beaver was gone and the tree was all tore up.  The beaver was hanging a foot or 2 higher than where the tree is tore up.

Bigfoot didnít like you in his area. :tup:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 17, 2018, 08:06:55 PM
 Yep that's what my prebait sites look like !!Looks like coyotes ring that low if it was way higher I would say bobcat
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on January 17, 2018, 08:16:00 PM
Jakeland,
that is about 4 feet high, I thought coyotes when I first saw it but I found bobcat tracks and two different sizes of cat scat. we were just wondering if anyone else every had them scratch it up that much.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 17, 2018, 08:23:07 PM
Yes definitely!!! I hang my baits like 8-10 feet up and they shred the trees up
 Cage time !!!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on January 17, 2018, 08:30:20 PM
JackLand
thanks for the info. I will try hanging them higher from now on. I set a cage at this spot today, we will see what happens.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 17, 2018, 08:35:04 PM
I'm feeling you'll get a cat or 2 !! When I hang baits I use a gutter spike ( so I can pull it out easily for the bait) and I use a screw in treestand pegs to get up high it's super easy that way and just unscrew them when the bait is hung
Good luck !!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 17, 2018, 08:43:15 PM
Now if I can figure out how to catch mink like you guys  :bash:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on January 17, 2018, 09:00:32 PM
JackLand,
We had a hard time with mink at first, then we went very simple. Small cage 7x7x24 up to 8x8x24. set at the waters edge with either 1/2 muskrat or a leg of beaver. that's it and the location gets better after catch the first one. we also cover the trap with grass or leaves. inlets and outlets to ponds, any small creek road culverts and bridges. our best spot is a 20 foot long 1 foot wide ditch between two ponds we set the trap at the mouth of the second pond. We catch a lot of mink at that location both ponds have cattails and rats. We tried fish for bait at first but it did not work for us, also people say if the bait is stinky throw it out, that is not my experience if it has some stink it seems to work better for us.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 17, 2018, 10:42:49 PM
JackLand,
We had a hard time with mink at first, then we went very simple. Small cage 7x7x24 up to 8x8x24. set at the waters edge with either 1/2 muskrat or a leg of beaver. that's it and the location gets better after catch the first one. we also cover the trap with grass or leaves. inlets and outlets to ponds, any small creek road culverts and bridges. our best spot is a 20 foot long 1 foot wide ditch between two ponds we set the trap at the mouth of the second pond. We catch a lot of mink at that location both ponds have cattails and rats. We tried fish for bait at first but it did not work for us, also people say if the bait is stinky throw it out, that is not my experience if it has some stink it seems to work better for us.
Well I'm going to give it a swing I'll just use some of my marten cages ! Thanks for the tips  :tup:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on January 24, 2018, 06:53:46 PM
A mink and an otter.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on January 24, 2018, 07:10:56 PM
Nice !! The only trapping I'm doing right now is a nuisance beaver job
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on February 03, 2018, 01:42:04 PM
Rat mink beaver
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: redi on February 03, 2018, 05:34:34 PM
Good catch. Thanks for the mink trapping tips.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on February 03, 2018, 09:27:08 PM
Have you ever used duck for mink bait with success?
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 04, 2018, 07:27:45 AM
I have tried duck with no success. I am going to try beaver meat with duck feathers on the ground as an attractant
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on February 04, 2018, 02:26:59 PM
Beaver and a rat.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: lewy on February 13, 2018, 07:29:57 AM
Thanks for posting the mink tips. Who makes a good mink cage? Pan or coni trigger?
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Machias on February 13, 2018, 08:23:00 AM
Nice job so far this year!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 13, 2018, 10:48:56 AM
I prefer comstock style triggers.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 15, 2018, 04:55:06 PM
We caught two more male mink today about five feet apart!!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: redi on February 15, 2018, 04:59:45 PM
Nice work
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 16, 2018, 12:31:51 PM
Missed a mink today the door got hung up on some grass and did not shut all the way. Also had a swim through shut with nothing in it, not sure what happened there!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Humptulips on February 16, 2018, 05:27:48 PM
Missed a mink today the door got hung up on some grass and did not shut all the way. Also had a swim through shut with nothing in it, not sure what happened there!

Maybe a mink. Eric had a mink get out of a funnel trap when I was with him. We measured the round hole it escaped through 2 1/4" across. I think they can probably squeeze out of 2x2. Small rats can get out too. Large ones can't.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 16, 2018, 05:55:01 PM
That's what I was thinking Bruce, it wasn't to far from the cage I missed one in. The one mink I caught yesterday was in a comstock 1 1/2 inch wire but it was a huge mink.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Cultusman on February 16, 2018, 08:06:38 PM
  Nice job on all the Mink.  Are you guys catching all these Mink in the same area you have trapped in previous years?
  You would think catching that many would knock the population down a little but apparently not.
  Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on February 16, 2018, 08:32:57 PM
  Nice job on all the Mink.  Are you guys catching all these Mink in the same area you have trapped in previous years?
  You would think catching that many would knock the population down a little but apparently not.
  Keep up the good work.

Catch most of them in the same areas every year.  I think the last 3 years we've  caught about 45 mink and I bet only 5 of those have been females.  Trapperguy would know for sure.  Females must not travel much and unless you set right on them you just don't catch them.  If we were catching a lot of females I think we would worry about over trapping them.  But since it's 80% or more are males we don't really worry about it.  That's just been are thinking on it.  We could be wrong.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 16, 2018, 08:48:34 PM
Cultusman,
I am not exactly sure but at least 15 of those came from the same trap or one set right next to it.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 16, 2018, 08:54:34 PM
Also I bet 30 of those 45 came from two farms five miles apart. Lots of mink in this area but it does seem some creeks are way better than others.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Cultusman on February 16, 2018, 09:54:25 PM
Cultusman,
I am not exactly sure but at least 15 of those came from the same trap or one set right next to it.
   Do you want to sell that trap. :chuckle:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on February 17, 2018, 11:07:50 AM
I bet it's not the trap, but the location!!! Wish I could find ten more just like it!!!! It's a twenty foot long One foot wide ditch between two ponds. The bottom pond is mostly cattails and after that pond the ditch flows about 500 feet then into a river. Above the trap is a pond then another small pond then more ditch then a five acre lake. So everything coming off the river comes up that small ditch!!! Like I said I want as many more of these locations as I can find!!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on February 27, 2018, 03:37:05 PM
Couple otter today.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on February 27, 2018, 03:41:53 PM
Nice double on Otts !!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: redi on February 27, 2018, 05:46:46 PM
Nice job on the otters
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Kit Carson on February 27, 2018, 11:30:19 PM
Looks like two nice ones

 :brew:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on March 09, 2018, 07:34:24 PM
Couple of mink and a beaver.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on March 10, 2018, 01:38:54 PM
Nice job !!! How's the fur looking on the mink still ? We're officially done for the season  :bash:
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on March 10, 2018, 04:31:31 PM
I put everything up today still looked good. Last year we caught several mink in March up to the last day and we did just as good on them as are other ones.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: JakeLand on March 10, 2018, 05:58:54 PM
I put everything up today still looked good. Last year we caught several mink in March up to the last day and we did just as good on them as are other ones.
Hmmm... just maybe then
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on March 18, 2018, 02:23:11 PM
Another male mink today and Friday was a big male otter!!! Getting close to the end!!
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: UrbanTrapper on March 18, 2018, 03:42:02 PM
I saw an otter yesterday and was trying to remember how prime they are this time of year.  How did that otter look; did you skin him yet?
 
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Humptulips on March 18, 2018, 06:17:50 PM
I've caught otter in April and even in early May that the leather side looked great. Singe really starts to show late like that though.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: trapperguy22 on March 18, 2018, 06:39:08 PM
The otter looked great, last year I caught several mink the last week of March and they averaged as good as my other mink.
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Bigshooter on March 26, 2018, 01:19:14 PM
3 beaver and a rat today. 
Title: Re: Trapperguy22 and Bigshooter's 2017-18 season
Post by: Machias on March 30, 2018, 07:58:11 AM
Nice!!