Re: Peat moss
I bed in peat moss from the beginning to the end of season.... Dig trap bed properly, not oversized, line bottom of bed including where the levers touch the ground. Fill bed half way with peat moss, place trap in bed and wiggle down into the peat. If the bed is properly sized the trap will be in contact on all sides and lever of the trap, there is no movement of the trap. Hand full of peat on top of the pan and inside the jaws. Scrape the peat to find the pan, once the pan is located, touch your index fingerss and thumbs together on both hands creating a circle, place circle over the pan and lean and push hard compacting the entire trap and peat inside and outside the jaws. Light sifting of native dirt to hold the peat in place, once again, scrape and find the pan, repeat the above process again, compacting the light covering of native dirt. Final light sifting and off you go. As 17 stated above, and I can attest even in hurricane conditions with inches of rain, when the trap is set off dust flies out of the bowl....I don't understand the what's and why's, but if you just accept it, you can sleep at night knowing the trap will fire if the pan is hit. Also, the initial covering in the trap bed and under the levers will prevent freeze down as the jaws and levers are not in contact with any dirt..... When done properly the only soft spot in the entire trap bed is the pan. Oh, before I forget I do not use pan covers, I use polyfill under the pan to prevent any obstructions under the pan.
Work with it and don't give up on it. Peat moss is a gift from the trapping gods. Good luck.