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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Baited rat set

Saw this on another forum. Gonna try it this year, water level between trap and bait. Baited with corn or carrot, cover bait with grass on top!!


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 09:44 PM
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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.

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Re: Baited rat set

I'm thinking on the north branch of the susquehanna this may give me an extra day if the water level changes!!! Easy to move!!

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 11:32 PM
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Re: Baited rat set

could be pretty difficult to completely cover the bait with grass...

an ear of corn will be mighty tempting to a duck or goose..


and if its completely covered will it still be enticing to a skrat??
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Re: Baited rat set

i tried that very set using yellow apples..had a dozen of them made up..knew there was rats there as the skat all over the stumps gave it away...let them out for 2 weeks and never caught a rat...so i found a few small grass piles where they was feeding and set up those 3 places...caught 9 rats in 4 days with blind sets...
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Re: Baited rat set

I have never had to mush luck with bait either. Just blind sets in holes runs and feed beds.
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Re: Baited rat set

I trap a lot of 'trout stream' and river habitat. 'Rats can eat anywhere, slides are non-existent, and dens are almost always up under tree root wads. Bait sets are my go-to set. Set them on sign where found. I use a wedge of apple on a stick. Lure helps too... Hawbaker's or Lenon's are the best.

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Re: Baited rat set

Read don Powell's mink trapping book..this is kinda what he does in deep sets.

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Re: Baited rat set

I can see using it for under ice, not so sure about open water, but we are overrun with geese.
For underice sets, there are a few rare instances when you can't find the run around houses and such where a bait set is an option. I just stick a potato chunk or half ear of corn on a 160 coni. But just like baiting beaver under ice, I'll take the blind runs first any day, given the choice.
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Re: Baited rat set

Under ice would be the only way I would use this set. Blind sets, set trails, slides, dens. Can carry a lot more traps and set faster. Plus too many things can go wrong with covering the corn with grass

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