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#24929 - 07/09/17 05:18 PM What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot?
RED FOX Offline
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Loc: PA - Pennsylvania
Forgive me if this has been brought up already but how far apart do you guys keep mink sets? I am planning on running like a 4 dozen set water line this year about 3 dozen for mink and the rest to try to keep the coon somewhat at bay. About how much ground could i reasonably cover well on smaller streams. We have a ton of small streams.

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#24930 - 07/09/17 06:53 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
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Registered: 10/04/15
Posts: 171
Loc: S.E. Kentucky
Study a map and try to cover as many different drainages as you can. If four come together set below the junction if you can wait. Of course if you covered all four you might catch some quicker but you'll make up for that by covering more ground in the long run. Rich Faler has a real good mink book and he's in your state. Well worth the money.

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#24931 - 07/09/17 07:23 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
RED FOX Offline
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By drainages do you mean culverts or tributaries? I actually have that book but its been a while since i picked it up...

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#24932 - 07/09/17 08:48 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
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I run a mink line by CROSSING as many waterways as possible. Following a watercourse is counterproductive. You can set up the same creek,stream, ditch etc. but think in terms of miles not yards to your next closest set. If your going to run 3 dz. mink sets. Do your homework and put them where they will count the most

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#24933 - 07/09/17 09:13 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
RED FOX Offline
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Loc: PA - Pennsylvania
Ok so do you mean you set at stream intersections?

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#24934 - 07/09/17 09:27 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
RED FOX Offline
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Loc: PA - Pennsylvania
By that logic i could have anywhere between four and eight sets at one location at one intersection. Or am i thinking about it wrong. It definetly makes sense not to just keep setting on the same stretch. Thanks for that.

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#24938 - 07/10/17 05:24 AM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
Utk1 Offline
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I mean if several small creeks come together and each are one or two miles long don't set them but find a bridge below where they come together and wait. I'd say you have dendritic drainage like we do. Some stops could use four sets some two but just make sure you cover it. It frustrating when you see where a mink missed your set and you know he'll be a while coming back through.

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#24940 - 07/10/17 01:33 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
Hal Offline
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Buy more traps. smile
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#24944 - 07/10/17 04:42 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
RED FOX Offline
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Registered: 09/16/15
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Loc: PA - Pennsylvania
Yeah gonna have to get some more. Someone who traps a lot of mink how many traps over how many miles?

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#24945 - 07/11/17 05:51 AM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
musher Offline


Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2015
Loc: Qc.
Originally Posted By: RED FOX
Yeah gonna have to get some more. Someone who traps a lot of mink how many traps over how many miles?


That is impossible to answer. It all depends on your mink population and how many good locations to set for them.

Another way to approach your question is to ask yourself: how many miles do you have time to run as a trapline? Then how many locations are there on this trapline? And finally, after examining the locations, how many traps will I set at each?

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#24947 - 07/11/17 08:37 AM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
Hal Offline
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This is not baseball, this is not golf, this is not bowling. There is not set number of innings, no set number holes, and no set number of pins. If you require that type of data, take up one of those types of sports.

There is no way to tell you how many "traps per mile" you will set. In fact that's getting the cart completely ahead of the horse. You won't know how many traps you need until you examine each stretch of trapline. You should be concentrating on looking for places to set traps not looking for traps to set places.

My suggestion to buy more traps would allow you a greater degree of speculation (guess work) until you figure out what constitutes a good mink set.
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#24948 - 07/11/17 02:49 PM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
RED FOX Offline
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Loc: PA - Pennsylvania
Ok thanks

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#24957 - 07/13/17 06:29 AM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: RED FOX]
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I don't think that we're all on the same page yet.

I take it that you're trapping from your vehicle, each time that you park and slide down over the creek bank, you'd want at least 2 traps to check. On the bigger streams, 2 sets on each side would be a good idea.

You're working with a 24 hour check, I assume. 8 traps in one little area, that's not realistic. You'd be better off to take those other 4 or 6 traps, on down the line, and set up 2 or 3 more creeks.

One thing that I read above that doesn't make sense to me, using foot traps, a good mink set is also a good coon set. My theory is, you make the set and catch them as they come along.

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#24958 - 07/13/17 06:57 AM Re: What is a realistic number of mink sets at a spot? [Re: redsnow]
RED FOX Offline
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Registered: 09/16/15
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Loc: PA - Pennsylvania
Yeah i was thinking of the coons that would get caught in the minks boxes. But yeah i agree. Fur is fur. Thanks i know its not clear cut and i never expected it to be. I was simply not sure what minkers usually do "on average".

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