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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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anyone trap ermine?

always wanted to catch a few. Caught only one in 55 years in a mink set on dry land near a stream

If you have success can you describe for this old timer how you find, where to look, how to trap. Always willing to learn.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 11:41 AM
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

I've caught two in the last two years, but I'm not hitting them hard I only have two Weasel boxes out. I put my boxes right on the edge of thick stuff downfalls briars anything that would hold a rabbit or some mice.I bait with chicken liver and lenons weasel call lure. There are a million different box designs a quick youtube search will give you a vid or two on making them.I use #0 longsprings because I'm not sure rat traps are legal outside a watercourse. I would use a rat trap if I knew they were legal.This is a good site http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbt.../Number/443270
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

thanks bearhunter...want to try some
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

i maid box 5x5x12deep with a door at the front cut a slit down the side of the box to put a 110 in it then close door i cut a 1.5 in hole in the door. i to set my near brushy areas and log piles along streams. fresh bait is a must they wont eat tainted meat. and a trip wire would b best missed 3 this season there just so small they fired the conni and got away all i got was some tracks in the mud. had them walk over 1.5 db jaw duke traps and didnt fire them off.good luck hope u get some
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

My uncle gets 4 or 5 a year in 3C
he uses boxes with a #0 size trap
we looks for thick swampy areas that have stone walls going through

he baits with muskrat or beaver
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

look in these kind of areas when you get some snow and look for tracks
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

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look in these kind of areas when you get some snow and look for tracks
I always feel like I'm chasing red squirrels when I'm tracking a "weasel".. I've got the habitat described, including old barn foundations by creeks in the thick brush.. Got some old #1 jumps and longsprings.. Maybe I oughta try them instead of 1.5's.. My 1.5's are on a hair trigger though, find it hard to believe they wouldn't fire... Made "boxes" out of stones and had my bait stolen many times, always chalked it up to mice.. tryed everything from chunks of meat to shrimp leftover from new years.. Most of its been stolen and the tracks look chipmunk size to me... I still think red squirrels. do you catch them much when going after weasel?

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Re: anyone trap ermine?

reds my uncle gets a few red squirrels
I dont know what weasel tracks look like but
I'll give him a call tmrw and ask him to bring a camera along and take some pic of weasel tracks.When we get some snow
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Re: anyone trap ermine?

These are ermine/short tail tracks:

They look like an offset pair but if you look closely it is all 4.



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My uncle gets 4 or 5 a year in 3C
Do not laugh. Your uncle is probably one of the top weasel trappers in the Commonwealth now days. I do not know of anyone who can top that.

I trap mink because I don't know any better
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