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 Post subject: Freeze proofing sets
PostPosted: 14 Feb 2016, 12:40 
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I love these weather fronts with the deep cold, sure gets the predators moving. I had a coyote come in to a flat set, with a glob beaver castor shoved down in a wad of grass, and a squirt of coyote urine sprayed on the outside of the grass. Based on the tracks in the snow, the coyote walked past the set, circled around and put his foot right on the pan as he shoved his nose into the grass wad smelling the castor. The pan depressed releasing the dog but the jaws were frozen into the ground. When I made this set it was bedded solid and the dirt was for the most part was dry and had trappers antifreeze mixed in so there is no reason for it to freeze down. The temperature that night was 10 degrees. My question is......what are the operating limits for trappers antifreeze? How cold is too cold for this stuff? Its called "pete rickards trappers antifreeze" and its a white powder. What does everybody else do to freeze proof their sets?

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 Post subject: Re: Freeze proofing sets
PostPosted: 14 Feb 2016, 15:47 
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wax dirt. only way to fly. no problems with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Freeze proofing sets
PostPosted: 14 Feb 2016, 19:31 
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That flake or powder stuff aint much good. Use Prestone Driveway Heat you can get at Lowes or Home Depot for a fraction of the cost by buying bulk.. Its more ball type. Use it liberally and it shouldn't freeze unless you get rain then sub zero temps. Use a layer under the trap, then stabilize and some more right around jaw area, cover lightly with ur dirt and give a good dose of it across the top. If its wet out in a continual thaw/freeze cycle, its tough conditions. I have to incorporate peat moss instead of dirt on top to keep functioning then.

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 Post subject: Re: Freeze proofing sets
PostPosted: 14 Feb 2016, 19:55 
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Thats a good idea. I assume it gives off no odor the animals can detect?

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 Post subject: Re: Freeze proofing sets
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2016, 15:53 
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If you are referring to the driveway heat, its just calcium chloride, same stuff as the pete rickards, only much much better/potent. Works great.

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 Post subject: Re: Freeze proofing sets
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2016, 12:08 
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Calcium chloride is a salt and hard on steel. I used it in Colorado, due to the freeze- thaw issues. Could get to minus temps at night and warm up above freezing during the day. Canines didn't mind the salt smell, but deer were attracted to it at times. It works well, but you will want to make sure to wax your traps. A week of setting in salted ground won't cause major issues, but if you leave the sets for extended time, it could become an issue.


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