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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2018, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Mink Trapping

I've done a fair amount of trapping in my life, but have never trapped for mink. I want to change that next season. For those of you that trap mink...what sort of sets do you mainly use? Botton-edge, blind, pocket sets? Do you ever use any lure or bait......if so what sort of lure and/or baits do you use? Any commercial baits? Looking for some of you expert minkers to give a newbie some sound advice.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-23-2018, 07:22 AM
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U need to talk to Cougar Jim guy from Perry County.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-23-2018, 07:45 AM
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I run mostly blind sets with 150 size bodygrippers. Bottom edge, top edge, dry trail sets, and funnel points make up most of my line. I do throw pocket sets with footholds in if perfect spot is present. I either leave my pockets unbaited, or I throw 1/2 of a muskrat carcass in. I set every log crossing with a 150 that I come across too. At least 4 traps at every stop, Unless its a tiny trickle of water where one trap fills the entire channel. I start setting traps in the water (bottom edge) and then try to move up each stream bank vertically to cover all possible travel ways that a mink could take, usually ending with dry trail sets through high grass or brush. Also, become a member of minktrapping.com! Theres a lot to learn on the forums there.
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First, I would suggest to register to be member of Don Powell's www.minktrapping.com Go to the discussion page.
Ton's of Mink info on that site. Plus, Don is a resident of Pennsylvania. Don is known throughout the USA trapping community as The Mink Professor

As for your questions here, you will get a variety answers about sets, which will relate to personal choice or style of Mink trapping for each person.
Personally, I'm a blind setter. Mainly dry ground or water's edge. No lure or bait. Knee boots for my Mink method.
I use #1 1/2 coil springs (with larger pan) & #2 coil springs. My Mink traps are rigged with 3'-4' light weight chain & small, 2 prong, Mink drag.
With trap rigged with drag, I have no need to carry wire or linesmen pliers. If setting at bridge wall or water's edge, I simply extend drag into water and place rock on top of drag.
If trapping streamside tree's root system, drag is pre-hooked to root.

Any method you use, study Mink & it's travel ways. They don't go in every hole. They don't look in every hole. I've observed Mink hunting along stream banks. When nosing around/hunting, Mink appear more Snake like to me. Moving head back & forth, up & down slowly, watching for movement & sniffing things out, all while taking small steps or small stride.
When traveling, Mink lope. Which seems like a Grey Squirrel hopping across the back yard. In which, I tell folks, If you can catch a Squirrel, you can catch a Mink.

Pre-season work will aid in your success with Mink. Scout your areas. Pick your locations. Make a good location better. By that, move rocks, dig pockets, build up corner of bridge wall and so on before the season. This will save much time & guess work on setting day. Just remember to hide (camo) your pre-season work from others.
Set more than 1 trap at a location. Set 2-4 traps (or more) depending on size of waterway. Mink trapping is a game of numbers. More traps = more chances of this smaller footed critter. Up your odds with more traps and good sets per location.
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listen to Hern and the others on here I believe they have been doing it for quite some time
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2018, 07:43 PM
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I use mostly pocket sets, most are not baited as I try to avoid coon. When using bait, I like fresh fish, about the size of your hand, a half of muskrat carcass, and I also like to use a half of mink carcass. 97% of my sets are in the water so the mink drowns quickly and is out of sight.

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