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2018/19 learning as I go!
« on: November 04, 2018, 02:54:03 PM »
This is only my second season trapping and after a tough learning season last year I'm excited to get out and trap some fur this year.
Friday night was a late one making my first sets for the year.  Dropped in a couple of Bruce's swim through traps and a dozen colony traps.  Pulled them this morning and scored a nice muskrat, but both swim through traps had been tripped, but empty! 
I had set both in different slides that are in around 3 feet of water.  One is "funneled" with cattails and the other is +/- 8 feet wide. It's like they some how triggered it from outside the trap or swam through without getting caught.  I figured I would ask if this is something that occurs often with you guys?  Possibly I need more funneling?
I don't want to educate them.

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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 03:46:35 PM »
Could be debris setting them off.
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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 04:02:17 PM »

Thinking about it, they could be dragging stuff past them.  Are slides a good trap location? Both sets are in ponds. 

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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 04:39:53 PM »
Got a picture of the set or location?
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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 04:44:38 PM »
I don't.  Next weekend I will be back at it again.  They are there, I just need them to cooperate.

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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 05:24:21 PM »

It could be debris.  I had the same problem with his traps last season.

I would hold off on going after beaver until Christmas or the end of the year.
Beaver don't "Prime Up" until that time of the year and than their only worth $10.00.

I would spend my time going after Muskrats.  They should be close to prime and this time of the year they are big.
Plus, there easier to skin and put up and less time than beaver.

Grab your varmint rifle and go shoot some coyotes, that is where the money will be.
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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2018, 06:45:02 PM »
Are you running a dive stick on both ends? If not they may be tripping the cage by going over it. Also like mentioned above debris on the trigger in current may trip the trap, if so drive a stick a few feet in front of the cage to catch the debris but not so close that it restricts enrtry into the cage. Another thing to consider is those cages seem to trip easier in one direction than the other due to the mechanism so face them accordingly with current :twocents:
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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2018, 06:59:12 PM »
In my experience if they are tripped it is because they climbed over the top of them. Make sure you have some substantial dive poles at each end.
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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2018, 06:28:44 PM »
 You'll have great success this season from what you learned last.
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Re: 2018/19 learning as I go!
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2018, 07:27:02 PM »
Thanks everyone for the advice and kind words.  I decided to put a couple game cameras up on my sets and possibly catch some of the action.

 

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