HI,was reading old news and todays I'm an old time trapper and have to agree with you about the rats being less than 30 years ago. Theory I have heard is the herbicieds, phorous, and pesticides farmers use now cause rats to be steril, thus very few mice or mediums. This
wasn't the case back then as you could count on 10% mice or mediums from your catch.
This year i caught 2 small rats out of 60, does this prove that rats aren't reproducing?
Also reading old news, I ran across snares for rats.
This is very interesting as I read pros and cons
snares will rust from the inside out?
Will muskrat oil applied in a soak work?
They have oil sacks just like beaver when you skin them save the oil sacks (along with the carcass for food or bait).
Freeze them for later when you clean snares soak them in the oil sacks , I know it takes
alot but you will be surprized how fast they add up.
Here in Ohio we sell the carcasses to whom ever wants them (helps with gas money ).
Just my thoughts.