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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Making new sets with traps you caught something in

Say you set one property and catch some coyote, fox, and or coons. Then you want to go and set a new area. Would using traps that you have already caught something on a fresh set cause dig outs and misses? Do you experienced guys just wash them off or do you boil and wax AGAIN?

And if you do just reuse the dirty traps, when you set do you wear different gloves and use different equipment?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 08:12 PM
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Re: Making new sets with traps you caught something in

If you are catching targeted animals, why pull out?

Assuming you only have a few traps, I have read that some trappers will just power wash and wax for canines. If you are going to set for coon, re-set..
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Re: Making new sets with traps you caught something in

Moving some traps that i caught coon in to a farm to target coyote....

Does pressure washing remove the scent? Won't you contaminate your wax?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 08:33 PM
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Re: Making new sets with traps you caught something in

Yep, clean them up if you move out of the catch circle of the original catch.
If you are just resetting for coon I would just reset them. Coyote, clean them up.
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Re: Making new sets with traps you caught something in

My Two Cents:

Back when I trapped foxes, I never waxed traps. I merely dyed them to prevent rusting.

I also used those same traps to catch other things too. Sometimes they were set for coon, muskrats and mink.

When I set up a new line, I used whatever was riding around in the trunk of the car. Many times patches of rust were showing through the spots were caught critters polished them up. That did not seem to affect new customers. They stepped on the pans of these traps like the previous critters did when the traps were shiny black.

The only traps I tossed out into the barn were traps that caught skunks. I don't care how clean of a kill you think you may have made on a skunk, invariably a drop or two of eau de skunk gets on the trap and makes it a prime target for a digger.

I have never liked waxing canine traps. I believed then and I still believe that wax picks up and holds odors.

While I have no intentions of ever again trapping foxes, if I were to go after them, I would do it the exact same way I did 30 years ago.

If something isn't broke, why try to fix it?

I trap mink because I don't know any better
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Re: Making new sets with traps you caught something in

old mink we are on the same page with waxing i did wax my K9 traps for years then about 3years ago i got something in the waxing pot and every trap i checked for a week was dug up so now i just boil and dye my traps before season and use them all year long with very little trouble the only time i reclean traps is if they get blood on them
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