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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

I was in GM yesterday and in their trapping section was a hand-written sign on the Body Gripping Trap section that read "Body Gripping Traps Are Only Legal In Water in PA". Has something changed? I thought I could target mink on land with a BG Trap less than 5 1/2" jaw spread. I was planning on building Mink Boxes for the fall and placing the BG Trap inside.

I read this in the Hunting and Trapping Digest:
<span style="font-weight: bold">"Note: These requirements shall not apply to body-gripping traps that are 5 1/2 inches or less and set in
artificial cubbies to target mink or muskrat."</span>

Can someone just let me know if GM is wrong or if I am!!!
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

I would think that was wrong , our local hardware store has 330's and lists them for groundhogs
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

Now days the keyword is: <span style="text-decoration: underline">watercourse.</span> All body gripping traps must be set within a watercourse.

I trap mink because I don't know any better
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The horizon is your starting point.
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

Ground hogs in a water course. Other than that its illegal
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

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Now days the keyword is: watercourse. All body gripping traps must be set within a watercourse.
I am new to body grips and artificial cubbies but as I read the regs, it seems to say if I am targeting mink and using cubbies the waterway stipulation does not apply.

Can some of you experienced mink guys comment?
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

It does not matter what you target or how you use them, all bodygripping traps must be set within the high water marks of a watercourse.

A simple rule of thumb is just keep it within the banks of a creek or stream and you will be all right.

I trap mink because I don't know any better
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

He is worried about some moron setting them on land and getting someones dog. He is trying to save face for the store. But they need to be in a watercourse either way so he isn't wrong.
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Re: Body Gripping Trap Regulations -- Gander Mountain

Thanks guys.
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