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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Middletown, Pa.
Re: Baited rat set
There are situations where that set might work. I am thinking here of deep water or ice conditions where dens and/or runs can't be located.
I have always been leery of using bait for muskrats although my own father used sliced apples with success back in the 1920s, early 30s. He showed me how he made his sets but I always had better luck trapping dens, slides and feedbeds. After the conibear trap was invented you could add run or channel sets to this list.
Some trappers who bait muskrats prefer a light colored bait such as a parsnip or roots.
Nittany Lion catches many muskrats using a simple pocket set. He neither baits nor lures these sets. He simply digs the pocket and guards the entrance with a 1.5 coil wired to a brick. Should you be lucky enough to be invited to spend the day with the Lion on his trapline, you may want to wear a truss as he will set you to work carrying bricks.
I trap mink because I don't know any better