My trapping experience.

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    Well I thought this would be a good ongoing thread. I'm not a trapper but I have caught some stuff before. I'm having to start over with all my gear.
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    Half dozen conibear 110s
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    7 #1s
    I have a few 1 1/2s out in the barn too. As well as some Duke DP coon traps. I'll just share my goofing around, and experiments. As well as take any advise y'all would be willing to share! Thanks brawdy!
     
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    Cool. Looking forward to it. I’m in the same bit, have dabbled but I’m certainly not skilled in it yet. Keep wanting to establish a little line here but access is tough. Good luck!
     
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    Boil the new ones with a bunch of oak leaves. Darken them up and get rid of the shine.
     
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    I was thinking about boiling them with black walnut hulls will that do the same thing ?
     
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    Even better probably, just get the new off.
     
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    More better.
    Good luck!
     
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    I got my dye on this afternoon!
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    I still have tons of walnuts on the ground some are still green. Anywho, I boiled them a while and would swap back and forth with another bucket I had that just had walnuts and water in it.
     
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    110 conibears and #1s. Used them both for squirrels and mink and larger stuff. Probably the two best survival traps that here is. Small, portable and packable. Good luck ol boy
     
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    I'll break down what I did a little..
    I boiled the traps for several minutes in the walnuts.
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    Then I would remove the traps and put them in a darker cold walnut dye, while the others come to a boil. I done this in part to not having a big enough pot to hold all the traps, and to make boiling the dye faster.
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    The results after the first boil, they all went 3 times and are all now soaking in the dye overnight, or maybe a few days we will just see how it goes!!
     
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    Looking good! You might try filing a night latch into the dog of one of your 1 1/2's to try, makes for consistent setting.
     
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    Fur prices are all over the board, you may need to hang onto your furs until they go up.
    Minnesota Trapline Company are good folks to deal with, lots of luck and have fun!
     
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    A little advise on dipping those traps, first give them a good cleaning by degreasing them with dawn dish soap, then after cleaning let them air dry, and develop a little light rust upon them. The light rust will take the dye better, old time trick of the trade on new traps. On the coil springs make sure you file the dogs smooth, and take the slack out of them by crimping the dog eye that attaches to the base frame, then adjust them upon the base frame to make sure they lay good and flat. More to it than most people realize.

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    I wasn't super pleased with the dying outcome, I think I'll try the dawn and do like you suggested.
     
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    If need be just take your traps to a car wash, and clean them there. New traps are always a challenge to take dye well.

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    Well.. I cought something..
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    Congrats possum master. :D Beats checking empty traps, and yes all trappers have experienced checking empty traps, those that haven't are liars.


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