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#7425 - 01/04/06 05:47 PM Muskrat bait
LUCKY Offline
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Registered: 12/28/05
Posts: 47
Loc: ILLINOIS
I was wondering what kind of bait to use for muskrats. What do you guys use? :rolleyes:

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#7426 - 01/04/06 07:14 PM Re: Muskrat bait
Jonathan64 Offline
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Registered: 11/29/05
Posts: 31
Loc: Northwestern New York
I personally prefer apples - been using them since 1952 in areas where bank rats are hard to reach for whatever reason. I like quartered apples on a stick over carrots or potatoes: after they are out a few days,before severe freezing weather at the bank in open water,they start to "spoil," turn brown, get juicy and become more aromatic from my experience. I live in apple growing country - the drops are readily available and free.

Regards,

Jonathan

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#7427 - 01/04/06 08:59 PM Re: Muskrat bait
deerehunter03 Offline
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Registered: 11/02/05
Posts: 80
Loc: NE Ohio
I like to use sweetflag oil it is a lure ingredient

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#7428 - 01/05/06 08:24 AM Re: Muskrat bait
bora Offline
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Registered: 09/28/04
Posts: 63
Loc: Gowrie, Ia
Ear corn is the best around here. I've tried about everything (apples, carrots, sweetflag, tators, I even tried pumpkin) and corn has always produced the best results. That big yellow ear really sticks out.

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#7429 - 01/05/06 10:58 AM Re: Muskrat bait
Otter1 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/05
Posts: 27
Loc: NB, Canada
I have always used parsnip with exceptional results in Spring & Fall trapping seasons. It shows up well especially when freshly peeled, It has a strong smell & relatively cheap in price

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#7430 - 01/05/06 12:26 PM Re: Muskrat bait
donwh Offline
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Registered: 09/05/03
Posts: 401
Loc: Missouri
Slices of Apple work well for me. Here are the two sets I use the most.
Pin apple slice on bank where muskrat have been digging. Place foothold trap below in water and stake out in deeper water.
Place apple slice on 110 trigger and place under ice near muskrat activity (seen by bubbles under the ice).
Good luck don

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#7431 - 01/05/06 02:17 PM Re: Muskrat bait
coongreaser1 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 45
Loc: ohio
apple works good

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#7432 - 01/05/06 03:21 PM Re: Muskrat bait
wmthrower Offline
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Registered: 08/26/03
Posts: 143
Loc: Mexico, NY
I've also used apple with success. I have used it on a stick overhanging a foothold. You can use this to get a rat where you want him to go sometimes.

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#7433 - 01/05/06 09:45 PM Re: Muskrat bait
Paul Fox Offline
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Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 281
Loc: Deckerville mi.
I use apples and have pretty good luck with them.

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#7434 - 01/05/06 09:51 PM Re: Muskrat bait
RiverOtter Offline
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Registered: 02/27/05
Posts: 646
Loc: Monashee Mtns, British Columbi...
Underwater, I use pealed potatoes. Soak them in lemon juice to keep them whiter longer.

Above water, I still prefer apple. Good smell and sweet.

RO smile

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