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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2014, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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mink/rat season?

Can anyone enlighten me as to why the mink/rat season is when it is??

I haven't been around terribly long...maybe "its always been this way".

I know we don't have great numbers of either...but some areas DO...

I bought a decent supply of body grips last spring to set a water line this fall...well...I never got to...the timing of the season is tough...bear season...deer season...holidays...

On top of that you get the oddest weather during that time frame...a lot of freeze/thaws...skim ice..etc...rather deal with no ice or good ice...try to run pocket sets and your liable to freeze up every night and thaw during the day...or just the edges of the water will stay froze...

Oh...right before it goes out beaver comes in...it'd sure be nice to have a water line and be able to catch all the water critters for a month or whatever....

Just curious if anyone has insight on it....I also heard (read on here I think) that our mink just start priming up nice when the season goes out...

I'd love to run a water line but that's a rough time of year...I don't like setting a trap till after rifle season...theft issues...
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2014, 12:29 PM
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Re: mink/rat season?

Facts notwithstanding, years back a Pa. Game Commission member told me they liked the muskrat season to open on or around Thanksgiving Day to give kids an equal chance to set traps opening day when they would be off from school. They also liked it to run past the New Year to again allow kids a nice block of time to trap when they didn't have to juggle their trapping operations with school. You have to remember in those days all trappers, and I mean all trappers, began by trapping muskrats. Forty years ago starting trapping by trapping fox was completely unheard of. Anyway, back to the muskrats, since mink trapping is so closely aligned with muskrat season, both seasons were combined.

Don't shoot the messenger or mix in facts. That was the thinking of the Board of Commissioners back in the day.

In case anybody here doesn't know, Game Commission members are sportsmen from around the state who are appointed to the Commission by the Governor. They have no special qualifications except to say they are all well heeled politically and have friends in the right places to recommend them to the Governor. The Executive Director, Chief of Law Enforcement and all that brass on Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg serve the Commissioners.

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Re: mink/rat season?

If you look at the "1970-71 trapping season" post I put up, you'll see that mink and muskrat had about the same season almost 45 years ago with the exception that PA had a "spring muskrat season" as well that ran from February 6 to March 7 in 1971. I'm not sure when they done away with this spring season but it wasn't around when I started in 1979. And the only reason they may have done away with it was because of mink incidentals. (Only my theory) Nowadays, the muskrat numbers are much, much lower then back then so I'm sure they would never propose a season like that again.

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