Re: cleaning trap tubs
My thoughts on scent detection for both canines and large game are this:
Assume they can smell us like we can smell skunk essence. When driving down the road we often catch a scent of skunk that was maybe hit 3 or 4 days before we got there. We smell it, but it causes little concern.
Just the other night I opened the door to let the dogs in the house and I got hit in the face with a solid plume of skunk stink. My reaction was to yell at the dogs to "Get over here right now!" and give them the sniff test. Otherwise, Panic Mode.
I think animals react to our scent in the same way. They know when the concentration of odor is enough to be a danger and react accordingly.......and they can probably even tell we were there 3 or 4 days ago too.
There has been many, many times I've driven down the road with the windows open and caught a whiff of red fox urine. I smell deer approaching on a regular basis, and not just stinking rutting bucks, but does to. If I can do that, imagine what those critters can detect.
I learned fox trapping from an excellent fox trapper, but he had me so nervous and worried about scent control that I wasn't enjoying making sets, and so covered in heavy rubber that I couldn't feel what I was doing. Everything suffered because of it and I caught very few animals early on. I'd get dug up and always thought that I must still be leaving "some scent". I'd come to find that making solid, tight sets was 20x more important than scent control.
I remember early on making a set with my mentor. I was wearing a long tailed woolrich black/red plaid coat. As I knelt down the tail of my coat touch the ground (he told me so) and he said, "You might as well scrap this set. You wont catch anything here now." That's how freakin' nervous he had me. I was also told that if I was going to breath out of my mouth while making a set I had to turn my head to the side to exhale!
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