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 Post subject: Mink set options
PostPosted: 03 Oct 2006, 14:04 
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Hunted a new piece of land this morning. No squirrels, but I did find a small feeder stream covered in mink tracks. Fresh tracks. I didn't catch a single mink last year, and I rarely trap in openwater, but I have done it a few times before.

There is one spot the mink pass through the exposed roots of a tree right at the water's edge. At least they did last night. The spot is roughly five inches wide and six or seven inches tall. The only two kinds of traps I have to use are a 110 or a 1.5 coilspring.

Should I set a 110 in the root space, or make a drowning set with a 1.5 coilspring? The 110 would fit in the roots, and I could anchor it to the tree. The coilspring would probably be just below the surface of the water, covered by less than half-an-inch. I did not walk out into the water, but its at least two feet deep in the center.

Which should I use?


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either would work fine in a spot like that I am kinda biased towards the foothold as I've never caught a mink in a bodygrip one thing a mink in a foothold should end up in that 2 feet deep water if you do everything right. Nothing will mess with him there and the other mink will not see him dead in the trap like they would with the bodygripper.

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I tend to agree with Mudtracker. And I would set two traps at that location.

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PostPosted: 04 Oct 2006, 10:51 
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either will work,

definitely set two traps

watch the foothold, don't allow him to get tangled in the roots, before he hits the deep water


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PostPosted: 05 Oct 2006, 06:32 
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I don't think the coilspring will be tangled up in the roots. Better safe than sorry...two sets couldn't hurt. Thanks folks.


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I want to see the pictures when you catch him. :D

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 Post subject: mink set on river bank
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mink at tree roots. Forget the 110 on mink, use the 1 1/2 coil - two is better on a mink set with a jumb stick about an inch off the ground between the two traps. Set in water when you can, about an inch of water over trap. I have drown many a big buck mink in less than an inch of water, they go nuts and soon expire. If you come on a live one he was just caught - the 110 works well to hold and drown. Set trap about an inch off the bank or tree roots - stick a old dead branch in bank if needed to get him in water. Another old stick on the outside of the trap, at the dogs location. This keeps the mink more centered on the trap. Never never use fresh beaver cleaned sticks, only old darkened sticks from in the water as guides and stepping sticks. The key point here is guide sticks to get the mink to go into the water and then over trap. I have blocked off a four foot spring with old sticks, leaving a six inch opening on one side for the mink to pass. This worked because the bank on either side went straight up about a foot, and a mink running the spring would stay in the shallow water rather than climb to higher ground. Got to think like a mink to catch one.


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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2006, 21:49 
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I nailed it with the bodygripper about ten days ago. Small buck mink, but he was worth the trouble of a double set.


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Have any pictures? :?:

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Still working for that fancy digital camera...


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