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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Did you ever use elderberries (sp?) to dye your traps?




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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 07:20 PM
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Re: OldMink

Never used elderberries.

I have soaked traps in a small tub of water with a good coating of oak leaves on top. As the leaves break up in the water they give off tannic acid which turns the water black which in turn de-rusts and colors the traps. Many wilderness trappers use this method, often soaking their traps all summer while buried in the mud of a spring.

This method will not work for the trapper who waits till the last minute to get things done. One nice thing though, there's no fires to build.

Come to think of it, I never heard of using elderberries, or if I did I've totally forgotten about it.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Re: OldMink

I did once many years ago. I think I read about it in an old time method book or an issue of Fur Fish Game probably in the 60's. As I recall it did an okay job as far as dying the traps but it was messy.




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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 12:26 AM
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Re: OldMink

Boiling in oak or maple leaves works also. Faster, cleaner

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 03:17 PM
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Re: OldMink

Why would one waste good jam/wine/jelly/pie making fruit on traps?

That's almost blasphemous....
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 02:13 PM
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Re: OldMink

I have never heard of Walnut Hull Jelly either!!!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 12:21 PM
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Re: OldMink

Make a tea bag out of cheese cloth for the berries or walnut hulls and no mess at all. Don't want to cook the berries!

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