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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-22-2015, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Muskrat baits

Need some feedback. All the muskrat talk makes me want to focus a little more. I am only running 40 110s and a dozen #1 coil. My questions are do you bait your conis and if so what do you have success with. I tried carrots on triggers last year and only found unsprung traps with bloated carrots on check. Also with the coils should I build floats or drowners

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-22-2015, 08:57 AM
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Re: Muskrat baits

if you put the conibears over holes or in runs no bait is needed , and I never set footholds on drowners for rats or mink . the weight of the trap will take care of either animal in a few inches of water
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Apples work well. That's what I used when we used to have muskrat in my area.

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potatoes or turnips. apples rot down too quick.

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Re: Muskrat baits

Thanks guys, when you bait the coni's do you push the bait close to the dog or do you find that it doesn't really matter. Also, anyone try the mint toothpaste thing? Thx again
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Re: Muskrat baits

Only ever used apples, its a natural food, if you have water near an old orchard or wild trees the runways will be worn to the ground. The browner the better because they smell more, if you want to spice it up put a drop of anise. Just spear a chunk on the trigger.

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My father had good luck using foothold traps with a chunk of apple jabbed on a stick hanging over the trap.

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My father had good luck using foothold traps with a chunk of apple jabbed on a stick hanging over the trap.
That is the classic set, probably has taken millions. In the 60s and 70s for me it was either that or just a runway set. Only problem with it is it kind of calls out there is a muskrat trap set here. I've lost a few traps with it.

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Re: Muskrat baits

Carmans MCL-100. I use white foam and dribble some of that on there. Smells for weeks and is the only Muskrat lure I have any belief works.
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My father had good luck using foothold traps with a chunk of apple jabbed on a stick hanging over the trap.
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I am assuming this now violates the bait from air rules
Shame it seems like a quick easy productive set
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