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starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:28 pm
by Bayshorebuck8
Can anyone suggest a list of supplies needed for starting into trapping mink and muskrats. Thanks

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Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:44 pm
by remmag
110 conibears, colony traps, #1 footholds, mink boxes. PM me or text me for more details or sets to learn. I've been trapping all of my life. To be honest... Your starting at the wrong time. This time of year, trapping is ALOT of work and fur prices are WAY down this season. Barely worth it if your driving a full size pickup to check your steel. It usually takes new trappers multiple seasons before they even start making a real profit because of the high initial costs and all the knowledge and experience it takes to start catching high %s of fur

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Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:40 pm
by Outdoor814
For mink I would use nothing smaller than a NO. 1 1/2 double coil spring type. Small trowel a pair of good pliers. A small screen for dirt sets and enough 4x4 trap covers for however many traps your setting. Also some soft 17 or 14 gauge wire for tying traps to rocks roots etc. should do it except for lures. Mink urine and droppings should be used to successfully trap them in numbers. Other lures should be pretty rancid and used with urine and glands. Sometimes red fox gland lure works for minks. A lot of this stuff I learned from reading old books I got from my great uncle. I never really got into muskrat trapping or using conibears. Books by Stanley hawbaker are good and Jim helfrich has good tactics to. Good luck and keep us posted!

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Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:48 am
by JoeRE
I would agree with using 1 1/2 double coil foothold for mink, because of what else might step in the trap if for no other reason. Most of your sets will be wet for those critters and when setting for mink I always had a fair number of raccoon stumble into my traps. The 110 conibear is my workhorse for mink and muskrat creek trapping

Also I agree with remmag this is a poor time to try and make any money trapping...but if you want to just set a few traps and figure it out so than whenever fur prices go back up you can hit it hard, that might be a good idea. There is a learning curve to catching mink, it will take you a little while to figure out...rats not so much.

Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:01 am
by DaveT1963
I'm trapping yotes for first time in a couple decades - bringing back some old memories - a very good thing

Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:21 am
by muddy
Man I loved trapping mink. Pocket sets on a drowner wire were the ticket.

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Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:36 am
by stash59
Here's a couple great sites with tons of free info:

http://www.minktrapping.com/

http://www.trapperman.com/

I'm in the same boat. I bought a bunch of gear back in the 80's but never really got to use most of it. Since I don't think I'll be able to slog through the marshes for mature bucks I feel a small trapline with easy access locations. Would give me my fall outdoor fix.

Here's some sites that I purchased more gear from:

http://www.pcsoutdoors.com/

http://www.fntpost.com/Categories/Trapp ... Mgod-QgArQ

Both have fair prices on most items. Along with quick turn a round on the orders.

Good luck and have fun!!!!!

Re: starting for mink and muskrat.

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:39 am
by Bowhunting Brian
Got 1 muskrat in a 110 conibear the first night I set during the opener. First time trapping. So far it's pretty fun.