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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 10:42 
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Hi. i have always been an avid outdoorsman and think its time for me to learn how to trap. i live in southern mn and do believe my area is rich in animal resources. so i guess im lookin for some pointers from experienced trappers on how i should get started. any info would be very helpful, its great that there is this forum for learning. thanks in advance!!!


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 10:44 
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Welcome to the forums Dollar! I am copying this post to the Campfire Forum. You will get a lot more replies there.

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 11:38 
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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 12:09 
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thanx guys, ive been checkin info out online here and am very excited to get started. ive got miles of creek behind my house with many evident muskrat trails and dens. too bad im starting so late in our season.


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 12:20 
Welcome aboard dollar!. Have you decided which animal (s) you wish to target? That should be the first decision that you need to make. Do you have any equipment? If so, what? The guys and gals on here are very willing to supply you with How To info.


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 12:26 
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Welcome dollar :D . I suppose I could go on and on and the doc would go on and on about trapping with so much information you don't need that it would get kinda/sorta boring. Could you help us out with a little more specific type trapping questions? You know like target animals, habitat, terrain [water or land] and what is your wallet like :shock: .


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 12:29 
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Welcome DT, you have found a site where folks don't mind helping if you are serious with your questions and situations.

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 13:12 
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i dont know if im replying properly to the replies posted. So i live right next to the mississippi river in a geologically rich area, and am going to go for muskrats because around here the rats r goin for 5 to 8. i know there is enough activity around here but dont know what the best trap to use is going to be. im very green(as in new to all of this) and am given traps to me to use from a friend who bought equipment on a whim but never knew what to do with it.


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 13:16 
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There you go, I'll turn it over to the resident rat trappers now. What kind of traps have you got so they can help you out.


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 13:29 
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one inch spring loaded foot style ?? and coon traps used with a bucket?


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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 15:12 
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Hmm Dollar, the footholds I have no idea what youve got. The others could be larger footholds some use for buckets or 160-220 conibears? The footholds should have some info on the pan's unless its rusted away? Usually size, brand and on some older ones patent dates on occasion. Victors have a V cut out in the pan. Old Herters had a big H cut in theirs. 1" coilspring sounds kinda similar to a no.1 single coilspring? I'd call the DNR to see if theres anything you need to do first ie: license, class's/trapper education etc? Muskrats are a good target for beginners and us "oldsters" alike. Rather easy to catch with basic sets, easy to skin and put up(Ive stretched them on willow etc sticks) and bait will work good too. If you can post a pic or two of the traps and maybe the general area around where your planning on setting might help with better info/advice a little? Might be a good idea to not give out the exact spot your trapping as you never know whos cruising thru these sites. Good Luck, welcome to WAT.

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2010, 16:56 
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welcome to the site. The only rat trapping I've done is in ponds, but there are lots of people on here who can help you with the river trapping.

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PostPosted: 27 Jan 2010, 10:06 
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welcome to the site dollar and good luck on your ventures would like to help you out but musk rat is an animal ive never took the time to deal with

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PostPosted: 27 Jan 2010, 16:45 
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Welcome Dollar!

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PostPosted: 27 Jan 2010, 18:10 
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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2010, 08:16 
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hey everybody! so what kind of animal is a grinner? is it like a dressed possum ive seen pictures of on here?


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PostPosted: 28 Jan 2010, 08:32 
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