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#7116 - 12/30/09 09:01 PM Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania


On this location The "Y" stick takes the hump out of the Mink and keeps him from Jumping over the trap .After the picture was taken the trap was covered with buck wheat hulls.


This is my mink magnet . This spot accounts for Mink, Coon and Muskrat when I found this spot 15 years ago it was only about 4 inches in diameter. It has been "flossed" with a lot of fur to reach this size.there is two traps one in the hole and he other on the approch the chain 12 feet long lets the critters drown and the one in the hole has a slide cable to deep water.




This crossing log has Three sets on it. The snow told me that it is important to put something across the top of the trap or the Mink will hop over the top.It is hard to see in the photoes but all the body grippers have either monofilament or wire between the trigger wires.



In this location I leave this opening all year long. When I arrive I just clean out the debris and in goes the 110. This set connected 5 times this year. (the Leaf in the rear was removed before leaving)



This crossing log was put here by me. It is set on a small mountain stream. only 6" deep but the water is fast and gives them a place to cross and keep their feet dry. even with the ice this trap scored 3 times this season.

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#7117 - 12/31/09 05:39 AM Re: Mink Locations
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I moved this topic from the photo board. Someone may have questions. smile

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#7118 - 12/31/09 07:46 AM Re: Mink Locations
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Registered: 02/01/07
Posts: 83
Loc: Idaho
I don't have any questions, but I would like some pictures of the results (i.e. traps with mink in them)!

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#7119 - 12/31/09 03:35 PM Re: Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
the thread of Mink with their food in tow is the only pictures I have. I don't have a digetal camera.When I take my one friend along he takes the picts. Sorry frown

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#7120 - 12/31/09 04:27 PM Re: Mink Locations
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Registered: 12/20/07
Posts: 54
Loc: N.C. mountains
Better get a camera man for the memories and to brag about at the conventions. Good looking sets.

Austin

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#7121 - 12/31/09 07:46 PM Re: Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
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Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
plenty of film just not digital smile

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#7122 - 12/31/09 08:58 PM Re: Mink Locations
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Those are good photos.

Hal
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#7123 - 01/01/10 11:08 AM Re: Mink Locations
Beetle Offline
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Registered: 12/07/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Ohio
How are you stabilizing your 110 on the logs? Very nice pics...thanks for posting them.

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#7124 - 01/02/10 01:44 PM Re: Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
The way I stablize the 110's is to drive two roofing nails into the log about 2" apart then set the trap in the notch you want to use.Then with another nail scribe a line on the log on the inside of the other jaw. Remove the trap and drive two more nails in right on the line.slightly on an angle,leaning outward.After resetting the trap the two sets of nails should hole the trap in place. Warning if you have to squeeze the trap to hard to get it set tap the nails the proper direction to take the pressure of the dog. If you don't it will be to hard to fire the trap.

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#7125 - 01/02/10 02:40 PM Re: Mink Locations
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2125
Loc: Qc.
You can also use a Sullivan stablizer! laugh

They work quite well.

Another stabilizer is to take an old hose, cut off a 3 inch length, split it lengthwise, and drive a nail through it. The deeper you hammer the nail the wider the hose gets. You grip your 120/110 's jaws around the hose. This method is way quicker than the 3 nail one.

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#7126 - 01/02/10 03:40 PM Re: Mink Locations
se alaska Offline
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Registered: 12/16/09
Posts: 13
Loc: se ak
i shure like the hose idea ,i trap or should i say target martin and have bin getting a lot of mink in my pole sets lately,strange

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#7127 - 01/04/10 08:11 PM Re: Mink Locations
adirondack trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 6
Loc: up state new york
nice looking sets thanx for sharing with us.

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#7128 - 01/07/10 08:51 PM Re: Mink Locations
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 11
Loc: ohio
excellent sets skipper! its no wonder they're connecting, good visual also,a picture is worth a thousand words!

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#7129 - 01/07/10 09:59 PM Re: Mink Locations
timberwolf Offline
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 11
Loc: ohio
Skipper,just curious,on your smaller log crossing i see no top blocking as in your bigger snow covered log. The reason i'm asking is i had a similar incident as you refered to about the mink jumping over the trap. My log was similar in size to your small log but snow covered. I saw tracks that hopped right over my 110, I added a finger sized stick above the trap and a nice buck mink rode home with me four days later. Do you top block your small log or maybe you had'nt before you took your photo? Like i said just curious.

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#7130 - 01/08/10 05:10 AM Re: Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
ont that log I originaly had a small twig. after a I made the first catch. I didn't replace it . (though I should have) I caught two more in short order, I don't know if it was sent that slowed the others down or what but it worked. after the three catches it went dead. traps above and below this also went dead. I caught 6 mink in this section with 8 traps in a 50 yard streach of stream this small log took three. well worth my 20 minutes invested last summer.

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#7131 - 01/08/10 07:38 AM Re: Mink Locations
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 11
Loc: ohio
Thanks for the reply Skipper, i was about to edit my post last night when i started thinking,he caught 3 mink there, if it aint broke why fix it,right!? A few years back i had set a crossing log,top blocked it,and tracks in the snow revealed a complete refusal,twice within a week. I realize this is not totally uncommon,but just wondering if you run into that problem much. I understand w/o snow or muddy tracks its impossible to tell, just wondering? Also i didnt get the picture of your mink magnet.

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#7132 - 01/08/10 08:29 AM Re: Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
I found out that if you delete a picture from photo bucket it also goes off the site. I will put it back on.

That is why Charlie Dobbins called snow one of the Great Teachers.That log also had ice on it a lot of the time (my fault) I put it there when the water was low. By our state law the bodygrippers can't be above the high water mark,and this being a spring fed creek ,The water level doesn't vary much.

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#7133 - 01/08/10 09:06 AM Re: Mink Locations
timberwolf Offline
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 11
Loc: ohio
Thanks again Skipper for letting me pick your brain. And again great looking sets,post&pics! I'd normally sign off by saying good luck with the rest of your season, but knowledge & good practices beat luck any day of week!

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#7134 - 01/08/10 09:30 PM Re: Mink Locations
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 11
Loc: ohio
got to thinking again Skipper [ i seem to do that more often as i grow older] about your small log set maybe the ice on the log was a good thing,might've been thats what detered the mink from jumpin the trap along w/scent. just a thought. even w/those sharp little claws i'm sure they slip around a little bit. might be something to experiment with. also i just got to see your mink magnet photo, man, what a sweet spot! looks like it should have a sign over it saying "EATS"!!

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#7135 - 02/08/10 11:58 AM Re: Mink Locations
brian lane Offline
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Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 18
Loc: Boone co KY
Skipper,
Thanks for the great pics. I was wondering what the habitat is like in your area as catching 6 mink in one stretch of creek is telling me not only are you a very proficient trapper but that the habitat can produce mink in numbers. Do you have alot of agriculture. Must have a great small mammal population. Thanks again for the pics and info.

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#7136 - 02/08/10 03:50 PM Re: Mink Locations
skipper Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
most of where I trap is mountain streams .The set where I caught 5 is a 200 year old arch bridge spanning about 70 feet Length one side is wooded swamp and the other side is hardwoods. But the real draw is in the middle of the span 3 warm water springs enter. and not known to any one who doesn't enter and crawl around with a flashlight. In the coldest 0 degrees weather I can enter go in maybe 25 feet and be comfortable in shortsleve shirt Caryfish and frogs galore.

Also I leave these sets in from start to finish of season. Nov. 28--Jan--10 we can't trap the Mink rut here in Pa.I don't think our game commission knows what the Mink rut is . I was checked by one Deputy who didn't even know we had Mink. If it don't have anything to do with Deer and Turkeys our WCO's are Lost in Space.

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#7137 - 02/10/10 08:29 AM Re: Mink Locations
brian lane Offline
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Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 18
Loc: Boone co KY
Skipper,
Thanks for the info. Sound like a treasure of a spot.Really enjoy you pics and insight. Thanks again.
Brian Lane

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#27026 - 01/07/20 11:01 AM Re: Mink Locations [Re: skipper]
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Dated for search.

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