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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2024, 03:52:28 PM »
Muskrat feed beds are generally in the water covered in little roots and rat poop. Could be a den up behind it or just a trail. Pics hard to tell.
the water is under the reeds and is about a foot deep. Thereís a runner in the back that they are coming out on and thereís at least 25 similar spots  with trails in a 50 yard stretch.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2024, 04:00:51 PM »
I like your outlook DV.
Yea, although not a classical feedbed, the rats been feeding there. You can set a small cage in the trail on the up side, where itís going in to cut the cattail sprouts. I have also set colonyís on land in rat trails. They produce right along. Also set a colony in its trail where it enters the water after feeding. Have the entrance just under the surface. Trap will angle down away from bank. Have a ďdive stickĒ across the top of bank entrance.
When going to bank the rat will clammer over the trap, dive stick. When heading back out, it will dive under dive stick and enter colony.
Also set the uphill cage in trail as a blind set, no bait.
im just trying to enjoy the ride. I did leave a colony and one cage but I tossed apple chunks in it. Lol
Picked up some new waders today so I can explore further.want to learn as much as I can so I can make an honest go at it next year. I only have 1 set muskrat boards, 1 set mink and a couple coon stretchers. Ideally Iíd like to just catch a couple just to get a little practice and have a little bait for next year to get me started. I do appreciate your response.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2024, 04:37:41 PM »
One other thing then Iíll let you go. I wire my rat cages to a stake (lathe works good for colonyís) or something solid. In case of high water or if a dog or Coon wants your rat and tryís to drag your cage away.

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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2024, 04:46:08 PM »
Love the questions and pics. Zoom back a bit when youíre taking them. The area around the spot tells as much as the closeup itself does.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2024, 05:47:37 PM »
One other thing then Iíll let you go. I wire my rat cages to a stake (lathe works good for colonyís) or something solid. In case of high water or if a dog or Coon wants your rat and tryís to drag your cage away.
yup, Thatís a good suggestion to make, but I have definitely been wiring my cages off and watching USGS water levels to be safe.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2024, 05:54:51 PM »
Love the questions and pics. Zoom back a bit when youíre taking them. The area around the spot tells as much as the closeup itself does.
As Iím starting out, Iím finding it hard to find tons of helpful info for the totally new guy, especially in Washington, so I thought Iíd ask all the dumb questions and be the fool. That way future new folk could try to learn from my from what Iíve learned. Iíll work on getting better pics. Lol
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2024, 12:21:42 PM »
Well my trapping partner was super excited to go do a check this morning. Iím so glad he was with me today. Made it so much better, heís been doing it all with me and heís 4. Heís helped with building traps, set traps, walked all over the place looking for sign with me and has gone a few checks. He was super excited and said it measured, ďhugeĒ.
Thank you to everyone that has answered questions and given advice. Very much appreciated. But donít worry, the saga will continue and Iíll keep asking them.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2024, 12:35:51 PM »
Well, you are taking better pictures! Glad you took the boy along.
I donít skin rats wet. I dry rats somewhat with newspaper. Then hang in a cool place over night with a fan if you have one. Any wet areas next day use more paper and fan.
I stay behind a day with my skinning.

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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2024, 01:20:58 PM »
Well, you are taking better pictures! Glad you took the boy along.
I donít skin rats wet. I dry rats somewhat with newspaper. Then hang in a cool place over night with a fan if you have one. Any wet areas next day use more paper and fan.
I stay behind a day with my skinning.
Its a great pic!!! Lol. The first thing I did when I got home was dry it off real good with rags and now itís hanging in the unfinished basement until the little guy goes to bed, Iíll throw a fan down there and then Iíll attempt my first skinning. Wish me luck. Iíve watched a bunch of videos, but I imagine like everything else, getting your hands dirty is the best way.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2024, 06:07:12 PM »
Good job Tim! That's a great picture  :tup:

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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2024, 10:28:11 AM »
So as the saga continues Iím realizing that was a lucky catch as itís towards the outer edge of sign. Iíll do some tinkering with traps and try again next weekend, but with the intention of placing traps where Iím seeing lots of feeding going on. In the pics, (hope theyíre better) the ďfeed bedsĒ are above the red line. Itís a muddy flat, about knee deep water, with a bunch of similar activity. Canít seem to locate a house or tunnels into the bank. Iíll keep looking around. Itís highly enjoyable trying to figure them out.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2024, 10:38:54 AM »
Iíve also been trying to track down the river beavers. So today I followed the drag marks into the water and down stream. They turned back towards shore and down a side channel right to this. Canít see the back and definitely wide enough. Thought it was interesting. I think I just need to sit out here one evening just to watch. Iím intrigued.
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2024, 08:36:12 AM »
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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #43 on: March 01, 2024, 09:28:56 AM »
I'm a retired Marine, and in my experience all vets are dysfunctional.  Make sure to come to the March Fur Sale/ meet up! 

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Re: Iím new to trapping, what am I looking at here?
« Reply #44 on: March 28, 2024, 05:29:29 PM »
Well Iím still out searching, looking, learning. Lots of reading, urbantrapper took me out on his line to show me some stuff. Very, very helpful and generous.
  Found a castor mound today,(at least pretty sure it is, anyway) thought Iíd post an update. In my adventuresÖ..
 Not much trapping going on, pulled the mink traps I had out, turns out mice are super hungry and Iím tired of feeding them. Lol
 Currently, tanning/ attempting to tan my muskrat and cleaned up the skull. Euro mount inbound. :chuckle:
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