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PostPosted: 25 Feb 2013, 20:48 
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deanchapel wrote:
It's obvious to me when looking at your proposed schedule for next fall that you need to quit your job. It is clearly cutting in on your trapping time!

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Welcome Dean, and I think you hit the nail on the head for all of us on here.

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PostPosted: 25 Feb 2013, 20:49 
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The SD mink/weasel season closed today so I pulled my sets. Probably should have done it on Tuesday and been gas ahead but I wanted to go play in the cold!! Its always amazes me how snow can drift on the leeside of a lake. We got a touch of snow Weds. through Thurs. am but it was enough to bury one mink box so I couldn't find it (and I looked twice). Still need to devise a way to flag a location better without making it stand out like a beacon to every Johnny sneakum.

I was out at my various location for about 2 1/2 hours this afternoon. My car outside temp. ranged between -5F and -8F. The radio kept harping on the windchill that ranged about -25F to -30 F. My town and the local larger city just down the road cancelled school for today yesterday afternoon based on the forecast "Arctic blast". I only really got cold walking straight into the wind and then it was only my face. Its winter in the Northern Plains, deal with it. Unless someone asks me to snare a beaver after the ice goes out, my trapping season is over. I mght try to nail a few more cottontails in the back yard with some 110s. Time to reasses and readjust for this fall. Probably time to go bigger or go home (will have to buld my vacation time up better than I have in the past).
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I use a 220 garmin astro. I use it for coonhuntin, but works great for markin sets without anybody knowing. Can walk right to the set in the dark. :wink: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: 26 Feb 2013, 09:03 
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Dean- My work schedule is pretty flexible as long as I get my time in. The biggest issue is running out of vacation hours, so the more I can do in the dark before work, the better. Between time involved in youth activities and outdoor adventures, I bounce along the bottom when it comes to vacation hours. I'll never have the problem of "use or lose" vacation hours when a person builds up the maximum hours and then has to either use it or start losing it (can't build additional hours).

Richard- Good idea about using a GPS. We don't have large areas of cover here so most sets are along break lines between fields, such as fence lines or grassy drainage areas or in the road ditches. There's enough roll in most of the farmland that for sets along fence lines. a guy can usually get out of sight from the road. The largest hurdle is getting permission for private land. Road ditch trapping is tougher to escape trap and catch thefts. Setting up on work days, hiding sets well, and checking in the dark is the best way to keep things from happening. We'll see what happens this fall...

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PostPosted: 10 Mar 2013, 22:53 
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Well, I think things for me are really done this season unless a farmer I know calls me up to say he needs some beavs snared out of his creek. They'll probably open back up later this week when it warms up again.

Out on the mink guard line at the bro's chicken coop, I had a pube stinker get totally engaged in a 120 gaurding the back half of a chicken. It froze down to the mud until the warm rain on Fri./Sat. loosened it up. I caught a 10 pound coon out in the corner 160 cubbie that I've now pulled. The 160 wacked him just in front of the ears although he did manage to eat a crack egg or two before lights out (I'm really starting to like those 160s!!). The hide still looks pretty good but I think he'll end up as a taxidermy project. I have a couple other very small coon capes and will probably do a 2 or 3 coon "peek-a-boo" out of a tree hole and try to sell the mount this summer...

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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 21:11 
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Well, I have a final report to tell about my bro's struggle against a mink that raided his chicken coop. I think the last I told you all was that bro set up various "defenses" both passive and active to keep the mink at bay. More passive measures were started after minker showed up again but decided to start taking his time with the chickens. He got two one night and then a day or so later another but bro caught him under his Harley munching on a chiecken head. He didn't have a .22 handy but chased the mink to the corner of the barn and chicken killer got between the wall he has between the main room and his shop. There was some room bewteen the sheetrock wall and the outer metal sheet. Once the mink was inside, he nailed 2x4s over the openings and thought mink was entombed inside.

Nothing happend for a while and then he found a hole dug through the sheetrock in the opposite wall of the shop. This hole had started out as a small mouse hole but now mink had enlarged it (this is basically an upside down L from where the mink went inside the wall). He blocked the hole with some .50 cal ammo cans. They lost no more birds but last week there seemed to be some action by something, possibly the mink. A half a chicken in one of the "active measures" had been pulled out and other sign occurred. The hole had gotten bigger even with the ammo cans there so bro added more kinds of active measures. Well, the saga ended today, almost exactly 1 month after the start of the "cat n mouse". A good old active measure took minky out. He'll probably end up on a piece of ureafoam as a mount. I think it will end up in the bro's man cave to remind him of his struggle. They learned how to armor up with the passive measures that will make it harder for minky's relatives to raid the chicken house in the future but nothing is perfect against a dedicated chicken killer...

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PostPosted: 24 Mar 2013, 22:15 
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A couple of pixs from out at my bro's and SiL's place. This one is bro with the chicken killer mink near where Mr. Mink met his demise. He will soon be on a piece of ureafoam...

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Bro filling one of the feed stations in his chicken coop. I was going to get a couple more pixs but the camera's battery died.

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