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Time to get skinning
« on: February 29, 2020, 08:07:45 PM »
Good checks yesterday and today.  Big thanks to my friend and trapping partner Tom for taking the other 5 beaver to skin.

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2020, 08:20:10 PM »
Nice haul ! Any good pics of your marten?

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2020, 08:35:06 PM »
I canít figure out how to post more than one photo per post.

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2020, 08:36:43 PM »
Here we go

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2020, 08:40:54 PM »
Another

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2020, 08:41:47 PM »
That right there is why we marten trap !! Prettiest fur out there good job !

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2020, 08:42:46 PM »
I have a few more

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2020, 08:49:12 PM »
From early season. Color version of what was printed in the fur shed.

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2020, 09:00:05 PM »
Last marten pic unless you want to see tails sticking out of boxes. I should take more pictures but...itís not really my thing.  In the moment taking pictures almost never occurs to me.

Jake,  their pelts are gorgeous and I really enjoy the variations in coat color but my favorite part of marten trapping is I donít need waders  ;)

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2020, 09:09:02 PM »
Oh ya no chest waders are a plus ! Iím liking those boxes maybe some design pics ? Iím in the process of a making collapsible box so I can fit more on my pack frame

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2020, 10:39:27 PM »
The boxes are simple, fast and cheap to build. They are just a three sided box hinged off a wooden block attached to the bottom.  I used scraps of cedar fence board for the sides and 2Ē thick cedar blocks for the hinge.  The sides are screwed into the block and I used a washer on these screws to reduce wear and tear. The two parts pivot on the screws. I drove a staple in the to of the hinge block to wire bait off to.

The width of the boxes are good but the interior at 5 1/2Ē is too tall.  The back frame of these little rat traps is only 4Ē.  I think this gap encourages critters to come in head high trying to go over rather than through the trap.  This causes the strike bar to push the animal clear when the trap is fired.

You could rip down the sides to 4 1/2Ē to save weight and space but I will just use some filler under or above the trap.  My reason for this is that I like the volume of the box as I can fit a whole duck carcass behind the trap.

These wonít nest while assembled but it would be easy to take the bottoms off for transportation and then reassemble them in the field.  It would just take two screws or a single through bolt.

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2020, 10:41:08 PM »
Side view

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2020, 10:58:13 PM »
Marten seem to respond really well to prebaiting.  I hang beaver just like you would for cats and set traps on active baits.  From what I have seen they will stick around the bait even after itís gone.  I havenít been pulling down the baits when I set, I just screw a trap to a tree 30í+ away and call it good.

 I have game camera footage of a marten eating the entire front half of a 60# beaver in 4 days. They are voracious. I pinched one (plenty of fur in the trap)  and rather than being scared off he ripped the hardware cloth off the back of the trap and ate the bait from that end.  I replaced the trap and caught it on the next check.


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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #13 on: February 29, 2020, 11:25:55 PM »
Simple effective boxes ! Ya every year I get thousands of pics and videos of marten on baits they literally a carcass cleaning machine

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Re: Time to get skinning
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2020, 07:57:09 AM »
If any of you guys who use the Koros would bring examples of your setups to the March get-together I think it would really be appreciated.

 


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