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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Middletown, Pa.
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.
I trap mink because I don't know any better