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 Post subject: Beginner question
PostPosted: 17 Dec 2010, 19:49 
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Hi guys this is my first year doing any trapping. My purposes for trapping are to remove predators from the places where I run my rabbit dogs in an attempt to try and increase the populations. I have already caught 2 greys with some traps I already had but I have a question about preparing new traps in a hurry. I only have 10 traps but after the first of the year I am taking vacation time and me and my friend are going to trap the 2000 acre tract that he has permission to run dogs on in the off season. We intend on ordering more traps but I don't think we will have time to properly rust and die them. My question is what part of the boiling and dying process removes the scent? From what I can gather the dye is more of a color deal than scent so will we be ok just boiling and waxing. Out target animals are anything that will eat a rabbit but he has a BAD coyote problem and has actually had to holler at them to scare them off his dogs. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 17 Dec 2010, 19:55 
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boiling and waxing will work fine your thoughts were correct ! snares work best for yotes ! good luck ts

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 17 Dec 2010, 20:17 
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Trapper Steve wrote:
boiling and waxing will work fine your thoughts were correct ! snares work best for yotes ! good luck ts


Unfortunately snares are only legal within 10 feet of water here in Georgia. I am hoping we can put a hurting on them with the foot traps, either way we will find out soon enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 17 Dec 2010, 20:51 
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welcome to the site. Others will disagree but I quit waxing my traps years ago. I just boil and dye, or boil and spray paint . Good luck hope you wipe out them yotes.

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2010, 07:16 
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i just boil and wax. no point in dying if they are in the ground. i think the wax makes em a little faster and keeps em from rusting (obviously). you need some kind of coating though, wax or dye, to protect em. boiling them will make them scent free, dont worry about getting them "too hot" or boiling them for "too long." you wont ruin the steel. try to pour or skim off the scum on top so you dont just recontaminate the traps by pulling them out through the film. good luck and welcome to WAT.

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2010, 10:29 
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do u pit anything in the water when u boil em? baking soda???

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2010, 10:32 
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take them to a car wash,wash with soap hottest water, rinse,,build a smoky fire and hang traps in smoke,no flame,,works great

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
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run them thru the dishwasher when the misses is out shopping! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

you can boil them in borax(scouring powder) it wont bubble up as much as dish soap!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2010, 17:31 
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I will boil my snares in baking soda but I haven't done that with my traps. But I do dye and wax my traps, not sure its necessary to dye but the wax protects them from the calcium or magnesium chloride a bit. One thing I learned this year is that I absolutely will never go without waxing my body grip traps again!!! I did it to some 110's and 160's and they fire so dang smooth now vs having a rough trigger before. You have to be a little more careful because of this but it doesn't make it a hazard to be around.

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 Post subject: Re: Beginner question
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2010, 14:18 
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utahtrapper wrote:
take them to a car wash,wash with soap hottest water, rinse,,build a smoky fire and hang traps in smoke,no flame,,works great

i forgot that old smoke trick Utah...thats supposed to work pretty good for coloring your traps, correct?

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