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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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muskrat trapping

can you chop a hole in a muskrat hut and place a foothold in there or is that illegal in PA theres this pond and i cant find any bank dens or distinct runways but theres a couple active huts how would you guys trap this
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 12:18 AM
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Re: muskrat trapping

Find where the rats are dragging feed and whatever else there using, up on the hut and set a leghold in the water right where there climbing up onto the hut
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 12:20 AM
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Re: muskrat trapping

The Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest states "It is unlawful to dig out or take any wild bird or animal from its den or place of refuge". Refer to page 16, second column in upper right hand section, first paragraph under "NOTE". Also, a trap has to be minimum of five feet from a hole or den, except for under water sets.
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Re: muskrat trapping

set the entrances
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Re: muskrat trapping

Don't beat up the hut... in open water, set footholds on the hut just underwater where the rats are coming up onto the hut. You'll see what I mean if you wade out and circle the hut. Also set bodygrips in the entrance hole, if you can find it.

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Re: muskrat trapping

thanks for the help and i was also wandering how you guys stake your foot traps this ponds bottom is very muddy and i dont think it will hold a stake
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Re: muskrat trapping

It doesn't take much of a stake to hold a muskrat. In North Carolina I can use colony traps and don't even stake them. Just shove one end into the run and move on.

On 110's, I use landscaping stakes through the end ring on the trap chain and through the spring to stabilize. Just push it in as far as I can and move on. Haven't lost one yet.
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On muskrat huts, make sure to push the stake down well as sometimes you'll get a coon, even on those huts that are way, way out in the middle of the swamp. However, just use long stakes and push them down well.

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