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Old 12-08-2008, 08:57 PM
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Default RE: trapping muskrat and mink

I trap my muskrats with blind sets on their feed beds. I use #1 jump traps and #1 long springs for the muskrats. I trap streams and rivers, have never trapped rats in their huts. On a stream or river you need to get in the water and walk next to the bank. Look for spots where the bank is undercut, in the undercuts there will be a pile of green vegetation, this is where the rats are feeding. They pull underwater vegetation and take it to these feed area. Place your trap right in the center of the feed pile and you are in business. You will catch mink in these sets as well.

For mink I like pocket sets around brush piles in creeks or rivers. I use mink lure above the pocket and bait the pocket with canned Mackeral from the store. I use a 1.5 offset coilspring at these sets as you are going to catch coon in them. Anyplace I find that is the width of a #110 conibear in a creek, channels on thebottom, holes in grass near the bank, holes into brush piles, etc., I blind set and catch a lot of mink and musktrats.
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