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Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:55 am
by Octang
I just got my trapping licence last weekend and now I have to start looking at getting traps. Where is the cheapest place to buy traps other than craigslist? Are there certain brands that are better quality than others, or brands to stay away from?

Thanks!

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:46 am
by DeerDylan
What are you looking to trap?

www.minntrapprod.com is a great mail order or you could visit them if you're not too far.

I'm getting the trapping itch again but I'm not sure I'll be able to swing buying all new gear this year.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:08 pm
by Octang
DeerDylan wrote:What are you looking to trap?

http://www.minntrapprod.com is a great mail order or you could visit them if you're not too far.

I'm getting the trapping itch again but I'm not sure I'll be able to swing buying all new gear this year.


Thanks! I plan on starting out with muskrats and coons and growing from there.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:46 pm
by DeerDylan
Good deal! Dog proof traps work well with coon. I used Duke DP traps with decent success but I like the looks of those newer Bridger ones. You can also dig pocket sets and use #1.5 traps on drowning rigs in deep enough water. I also like the looks and sound of the newer Bridger #1.5 specials. Dukes will be your best value on 1.5s but Bridger is a bit better and barely more expensive.

I only ever trapped Rats once for a couple weeks and had good luck putting Duke 110 magnum body grippers on a support in their runs. that was in a pretty small pond. I'm not sure if your state allows colony traps but if they do, you can really stack some muskrats up with those.

Coon and Rats are a great way to get into trapping.

I've been thinking about it a lot lately so if you ever want to talk trapping, I'm game!!

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:51 pm
by Octang
DeerDylan wrote:Good deal! Dog proof traps work well with coon. I used Duke DP traps with decent success but I like the looks of those newer Bridger ones. You can also dig pocket sets and use #1.5 traps on drowning rigs in deep enough water. I also like the looks and sound of the newer Bridger #1.5 specials. Dukes will be your best value on 1.5s but Bridger is a bit better and barely more expensive.

I only ever trapped Rats once for a couple weeks and had good luck putting Duke 110 magnum body grippers on a support in their runs. that was in a pretty small pond. I'm not sure if your state allows colony traps but if they do, you can really stack some muskrats up with those.

Coon and Rats are a great way to get into trapping.

I've been thinking about it a lot lately so if you ever want to talk trapping, I'm game!!


Awesome thanks. Wisconsin does allow Colony traps (I believe they need to be fully submerged). Since I was thinking about getting some for muskrats, is there any reason a 6x6x24 colony trap wouldn't work to also catch chipmunks? My friend needs to get rid of some. It seems to me it would work just as well, but I wasnt sure if they are smart enough to lift up the gate and crawl back out if it isn't spring loaded.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:58 pm
by DeerDylan
Octang wrote:
DeerDylan wrote:Good deal! Dog proof traps work well with coon. I used Duke DP traps with decent success but I like the looks of those newer Bridger ones. You can also dig pocket sets and use #1.5 traps on drowning rigs in deep enough water. I also like the looks and sound of the newer Bridger #1.5 specials. Dukes will be your best value on 1.5s but Bridger is a bit better and barely more expensive.

I only ever trapped Rats once for a couple weeks and had good luck putting Duke 110 magnum body grippers on a support in their runs. that was in a pretty small pond. I'm not sure if your state allows colony traps but if they do, you can really stack some muskrats up with those.

Coon and Rats are a great way to get into trapping.

I've been thinking about it a lot lately so if you ever want to talk trapping, I'm game!!


Awesome thanks. Wisconsin does allow Colony traps (I believe they need to be fully submerged). Since I was thinking about getting some for muskrats, is there any reason a 6x6x24 colony trap wouldn't work to also catch chipmunks? My friend needs to get rid of some. It seems to me it would work just as well, but I wasnt sure if they are smart enough to lift up the gate and crawl back out if it isn't spring loaded.



I'm not 100% on that. Another thing is, is the mesh small enough for them to not get through?

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:56 pm
by stash59
Join the Wisconsin Trappers Association. Some good info. Plus tons of ads for local and a few national trapping supply houses. They also keep you up to date on laws that will affect trapping. The National Trappers Association is similar but on a larger scale.

Good luck and have fun.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:32 pm
by Octang
stash59 wrote:Join the Wisconsin Trappers Association. Some good info. Plus tons of ads for local and a few national trapping supply houses. They also keep you up to date on laws that will affect trapping. The National Trappers Association is similar but on a larger scale.

Good luck and have fun.


Thanks, that's on my to-do list. My trapper ed instructor gave me a copy of the WTA publication and there was a lot of useful stuff in it. I think I'll also check out the trapping expo in Marshfield next month.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:50 pm
by cbay
I'll second the recommendation to Minnesota Trapline, dealt with Tim since the 80's. Their MB 650's are built like a tank and would assume their other traps they make are as well.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:27 pm
by blueKYstream
I trapped for the first year last time. If you plan to trap for the long haul, go ahead and get some good traps. Minnesota Brand (MB) traps are the best. I have the MB-550's. Their springs are stronger. You don't have to modify them if you trap for yotes. You don't have to mess around with the night latching and constantly testing trigger pan tension. I also have a few Dukes and Bridgers. I screwed up my Bridger order when I wanted to get dogless traps. I was looking forward to trying those, but I got the traps with dogs. The springs are much weaker, so you will almost have to 4-coil I'd guess unless you plan to do so anyways. They all work, but some easier and better quality.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:25 am
by swampyak
Good luck and have fun.[/quote]

Thanks, that's on my to-do list. My trapper ed instructor gave me a copy of the WTA publication and there was a lot of useful stuff in it. I think I'll also check out the trapping expo in Marshfield next month.[/quote]

The trapping expo is a good place to pick up traps also. Saves on shipping

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:28 am
by Bowhunting Brian
Was Arnold your instructor?

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:00 pm
by Octang
Bowhunting Brian wrote:Was Arnold your instructor?


Nope, a lady named Deb and her husband ran the class. I took the class in Clark county, even though it was 2 1/2 hours from home. It was the only class I could sign up for.

Re: Where to get traps?

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:04 pm
by Outdoor814
Check for conventions in your area. I would also have to agree with everyone in joining your States trapping association.