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PostPosted: 29 Dec 2006, 17:37 
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i learned to trap from 2 years of watching my dad and ive started muskrat trapping strip pits i have been doing so for 2 years now and i have a lake where cattails are all the way around the lake im having troubles this year catchin them in den runs ive caught 6 this way and then it stopped i found a reed den but i dont know how to set it does anyone have tips for trapping this situation

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PostPosted: 29 Dec 2006, 17:56 
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If the lake is not large you may have caught them out.I had a lake that I caught several rats from and suddenly no more I backed out in hopes of leaving some for nexy year.

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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2006, 13:38 
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my experience in upstate NY uis that a small pond, maybe 1/2 acre, will hold 6 - 10 rats. If it is a decent lake, with cattails all around (cover and food), it will probabl;y hold 30-60, and you are nowhere near trap out. I will admit i am blessed with good muskrat country, but if it is a lake with food all around it there will be rats. If you get ice, i would wait until there is some and wealk around looking for bubble lines, you will be surprised how much activity you are missing.

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I trapped a house this year first day and caught my first one as I was setting the second trap I caught 7 the first day before I left the area to set more and 2 the next day this was a very small pond and only one house . I pulled my traps the third day there was no more . there will be next year as there is a large lake on the other side of the tracks and another pond adjacent to this one that is larger I did not get many there as I moved on to more populated areas. pond was 50 feet across and 100 feet across kind of rectangular.

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PostPosted: 02 Jan 2007, 20:39 
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yeah, i don't think you can trap water out unless it is a small pond, where they are super easy to nail. Nig water, do your worst and you won;t hurt em too bad.

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PostPosted: 03 Jan 2007, 08:25 
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hey thank you for the replies but more advice is always welcome all my lakes are froze but only with half inch ice so advice will be helpful for next year

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PostPosted: 03 Jan 2007, 22:14 
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A very good way to trap rats in the winter if you have dens around is...(if legal)....take some of the den apart just enough to fit the trap in and just place the trap (preferably a 1 1/2 coil spring) in the den were it is all hollowed out and were you can see were the rats go and place a lil apple behind the trap. ull catch em definetly!

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PostPosted: 04 Jan 2007, 10:40 
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thanks for the tip but destroying a den is illegal u can trap around them as close as you want, you just cant put the trap in the den

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Yer gonna have to feel around the outside to find the entrance, the say
it'll be 6 to 12" below the surface, mine have been glove length - 20-24"
once in a while I'll get wet puttin the trap in the hole. but they pay off good
3 rats is the least that i've got out of a hut, usually 4.


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PostPosted: 06 Jan 2007, 21:37 
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thanks for the advice if anyone has anything else my ears are open for anything

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I have seen or should I say I have trapped where I really did not know where the hole was so I used my experiance and put the trap infront of where the house and some reeds are still standing against the house. you may see a seperation there but no channel they should be comming out there or they may just go in to it like its a cubby hole caught three at one house in the channel and I stopped catching them. then I put a trap where I stated and after two rats at that spot on the house I started to catch them in the channel again caught three more there and pulled traps on that one.

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