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cheryl1:
One pair of beaver slippers coming up!

SteveandTracyinKY:
I am working on getting into trapping. The problem I have right now is somewhere to clean the animals. We still live in an apartment in the city, so I would have to have a set up where I had everything bagged and ready for the freezer before I got back home. I have done the squirrel pole thing, and that was awesome. I had more than one squirrel per pole on more than one occasion. Dumb little guys ran right past their little hanging friends and right into the snares.

Not sure if you guys count this as trapping, but we are going to be running lines for catfish and turtle this year too. I got to watch a master turtle guy at work, and it was amazing.

Roswell:

--- Quote from: Huntinbull on June 15, 2011, 07:21:23 PM ---One question I have is, When making improvised snares, how do you make the snare loop, the one that cinches on the running loop wire. Is it a figure eight loop? a basic two half hitches type loop? I am used to using the washer type slider. I could make a bunch of rabbit weight snares and put them in the bag (and have) but I want to know how to improvise should i get caught without my bag.

Next question is, do you use or have you used #3 or #4 picture hanging wire? Have heard it works well (Canterbury recommends it in his vids), but have never tried it.

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I have used picture wire and it worked well. Just make sure it is secured tightly to something. I don't do this all the time, but when I have I used them I did the two half hitch knot loop.


--- Quote from: Cedar on December 18, 2011, 07:53:04 PM ---Questions!

#1. Have you guys tested these out? Do you practice making them often even if you don't use them?

#2. What is your average catch rate? I had friends who ran fur traplines up north in the Yukon and upper BC and they ran 150 mile ones. They did not feed themselves from the trapline, but did feed beaver to the sleddogs at times when they caught them.

I also read that it takes 100 traps such as these to feed EACH person full time.

3. What tools do you carry with you in your BOB for making them?

Cedar

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1) As often as I can, but not often enough.  Most of my trapping experience comes from garden pests such as squirrels, rats, mice, chipmunks, rabbits and possums. You can practice one or two snares and have that down pat, but to master a figure 4 it will take a LOT of practice

2) I have never tried to feed myself just through trapping, but yes I'd imagine many would be needed.  The cool thing about traps though is they are "set and forget". So, you can set up 5 or 10 and let them do their thing while you are somewhere else picking berries, fishing or something like that. Make sure to set up near game trails or near their homes(but not right outside as they will be wary)

3) As far as tools, I carry a couple knives, a multi-tool with a wire-cutter on it, picture hanging wire, paracord as well as some rat traps. Specifically, I use the Victor Power Kill Rat Trap. It is sturdier than some of the cheap wooden ones, has a stronger spring than most, not likely to rust, sets very easily and also has a convenient cup that keeps the bait from falling out.

Also, while not in my BOB, I do sometimes use this Catch and Release Live Animal Trap. It can be tricky to set, but it has worked for me more than once. My favorite part about it is that it can be folded up pretty flat for easy storage. It also allows one to delay killing an animal for when you need it or to release it, which can be important if you trap the neighbor's cat, lol.

TimSuggs:

--- Quote from: Roswell on February 03, 2013, 02:48:24 PM ---I have used picture wire and it worked well. Just make sure it is secured tightly to something. I don't do this all the time, but when I have I used them I did the two half hitch knot loop.

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Brother Roswell...  How ya doing?  I used USAF "Safety wire" that they used on the planes for keeping the nuts and bolts from falling off back when I was at Tinker AFB, OK.  We had a base "FamCamp, complete with a small lake.  We had acres and acres of old wooden warehouses that basically were just a roof, a back wall and two ends and the grass grew very fast out tere.  1000's of rabbits and the base lake was plagued with Beavers.  Rabbits were no problem for the snare, but taking a beaver, a lot harder.  "Doubling" everything finally did the trick for the beavers, most of the time. 

Tim.

SteveandTracyinKY:

--- Quote from: TimSuggs on March 13, 2013, 03:48:48 PM ---I used USAF "Safety wire" that they used on the planes for keeping the nuts and bolts from falling off back when I was at Tinker AFB, OK. 

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Has nothing to do with trapping, but after reading that I am curious how they used wire to keep the nuts and bolts from falling off?

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