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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Middletown, Pa.
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