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#18205 - 06/07/07 05:48 PM Re: Dye or Dip
Mac Offline

Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 71
Loc: Maine
A question about this topic.
Some, like Hal say they have used dip on canine traps but prefer wax, in part so they can treat in season. Mike Marchew. uses dip with great success on canine traps., others don't like it.

For those that have used it and used it like Hal,
Would you continue the use of dip if treating traps (say you had plenty of traps for replacing traps as needed or for moving into new areas) in season was not an issue or is your catch ratio just that much better with wax over dip? Or is the dip as effective as a waxed trap but you just cannot treat in season, so you prefer wax?


#18206 - 06/07/07 07:22 PM Re: Dye or Dip
Hal Online   content

Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 9973
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Re-treating traps in mid season is one reason to wax but frankly that's not a big issue with me as I have accumulated a pile of traps over the years, and rarely run out. It can, however be a factor if you have only a small number of traps.

I like the idea of being able to readily strip the trap down to bare metal -- any time. One thing to consider is build up. This is not a huge problem but coat after, after coat, after coat of dip, and it starts to build up on the trap. Every time I boil off a waxed trap I am back to square one. There is no build up with wax.

Now I've mentioned this before, but you can wax over dip. If you want to retreat a dipped trap in the middle of the season, boil it off and wax it. At the end of the season, boil it again and you're back down to the dip layer. Then you can redip the trap, if you like. (Be advised that dipped traps will stain your wax, but I don't consider that to be a problem.)

Here's on final thing I should mention. I do not trust any method for cleaning land traps other that boiling. I do not believe you can get traps thoroughly clean and odor free simply by washing then at a car wash or whatever. There are too many cracks pours and crevices. Iím always going to boil traps to clean them. If I'm bound to boil the traps, and boiling can and will strip away all the old coating then wax fits the bill nicely.

But I must reiterate -- I don't see anything inherently wrong with dipping land traps. I don't do it, but there are a lot of successful trappers that do, Put it this way, I don't think anyone having a lack of success in catching canines can blame it on dipped traps.

smile -- Hal
Endeavor to persevere.

#18207 - 06/07/07 07:45 PM Re: Dye or Dip
Mac Offline

Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 71
Loc: Maine
Thank you


#18208 - 06/10/07 08:06 AM Re: Dye or Dip
animalpest Offline

Registered: 08/18/05
Posts: 197
Loc: Western Australia
I am with you Hal. You really have to make sure your traps are absolutely clean before they go near that wax!

I used to dye and wax, but now just wax. I do it for the simplicity of it (in another thread on another topic we had some 'heated' comments on rite and ritual!).

There has been no difference in my capture rate comparing dye and wax versus wax only. So my dye sits in my depot....

#25390 - 10/17/17 12:30 PM Re: Dye or Dip [Re: Trappergreen1990]
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Registered: 03/12/03
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