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What tools do you frozen ground trappers use for constructing dirt holes. The ground is hard out there and not sure I could make a dirthole. I'm guessing a heavy duty punch for the hole and a pick axe for the trap bed lol.
 

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Up here the ground is froze about 2 ft down.
I use a hatchet to chop out a trap bed, a large wood cutting chisel to cut out the hole for dirt holes. and a 3 ft crow bar that I drive into the ground so I can get earth stacks in deep enough.I use the crow bar as sort of a pre drill type of thing. None of my stakes be it earth or angle iron are coming out of the ground till the spring thaw in March/April
 

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Lately ive been using a masonry hammer with the pick on the back and a yo-ho trowel. Make sure to use the anitfreeze heavily.. i.e. calcium chloride and/or glycerin!
 

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Hey guys, one thing missing here and I found out the hard way, a pair of safety glasses for chopping out trap beds. Would make for a nasty day on the line should you get hit in the eye chipping out a trap bed.
 

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furcatcher said:
Hey guys, one thing missing here and I found out the hard way, a pair of safety glasses for chopping out trap beds. Would make for a nasty day on the line should you get hit in the eye chipping out a trap bed.
 

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Had good luck with a 3" block chisel and small sledge for the trap bed. Rebar for a pilot hole for anchors and dirt hole
 

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panaxman said:
Less swings using a full size pick ax.
I keep a pick ax close by to dig out them pesky Badgers after they dig in with 3 ft of snare attached to them. LOL
 

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I "Bed" right on top the frozen ground with my nail method. Just find a natural depression, pound it flat with a 3lb hammer, toss some dry material down, bed with nails, top with dry material, make a wobble hole or two, and be on my way.

New Step down sets are a ton of work in soil like we have now.
 

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MountainMan108 said:
Lately ive been using a masonry hammer with the pick on the back and a yo-ho trowel. Make sure to use the anitfreeze heavily.. i.e. calcium chloride and/or glycerin!
Do you just antifreeze the bed or do you guys use glycerin for in the bait/lure hole to help keep that from freezing if it matters?
 
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