Line 2 - Set Day
After looking at my vacation balance and having some extra days due to canceling a summer trip, I decided to take off the week of Thanksgiving and try my hand and walking the woods for PA bear and build my excitement for Mondays. It wasn't until Monday night that I pulled the lids off a few boxes and got some coon traps cabled up. I walked a familiar creek I’ve trapped for many years and threw out DPs at all the spots I’ve had luck with in the past. It sure was a beautiful night!
I also planned to trap mink while walking this creek but setting bottom edge sets would have to wait until daylight. This year I connected with a guy from Instagram photos and we bartered some of my homemade canned goods he drooled over for a few of his homemade mink boxes and wild mushrooms!
Good to see they're still around here! One coon for the mornings check.
I set a few 110s for mink but held out on digging any pockets guarded with #11 long springs because dummy me left all that bait at home.
I learned one very big lesson as I took my time slowly setting over the two days was how much more sign I noticed. I found four different set of mink tracks in just over 300 yards of creek. Pleanty of other tracks as well.
Here he ran under the log…
So I blocked it up and put in my security system :-)
A little coon here. I might have let go but I caught him so close to the houses, I figured one less would only be appreciated by those letting me trap there land.
I also had one sprung 110, look at this…
Caught on the trigger. I bet I can't repeat that one.
I ended the day with two coon in all and another warm day to enjoy wandering around for a lucky bear.
After checking what was established I decided to head over to another creek I wanted to set a few mink sets across one or two hundred yards. Looky what I found. More mink tracks!
I think this is mink skat as well…
I liked this guy he liked getting his picture taken :-)
Another day, and a pair. Four and counting.
Turkeys are my friend, two less egg eating possums.
Should have stayed in bed :-)
Check 6 - Pull Day
I was happy to make one last catch as I pulled traps and had my cousin along with me.
Turns out we would have two to skin that morning.
Happy guy on the road home.
We took our time at home and I let my cousin skin a coon teaching him along the way. I was a bit bummed I didn't connect with a mink this week but I’ll be back!
I ended Line 2 with 7 coon and 2 incidental opossum in 6 checks… Goal met!