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Keep, trade, sell? ( 01:51:22 SatOct 29 2011 )

I have some traps that I'm not sure if they are right for Alaska. Will be moving up next year and was thinkin about gettin rid of some if they wont work well there. #2 long springs and coils are some I'm not sure will have much of a place? Also #3 and 4 coils? I prefer longsprings myself. Foldable muskrat colony traps? Stovepipe traps- I can see maybe for marten, mink, muskrat but they are bulky....

Thanks, Mike

  
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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 15:05:39 SatOct 29 2011 )

Mike, a lot depends on where in Alaska you are going. trapping conditions vary greatly from south to north.



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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 03:31:31 MonOct 31 2011 )

Thanks Jim. That's what I think also. Just curious if any of those are the right styles/sizes anywhere up there? I cannot really see the #2 longs as having much of a place.... Ultimately I want to end up in the northwestern corner of the state like unit 23, 22, 21, or 24 maybe... But time will tell.

  
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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 16:42:36 TueNov 1 2011 )

Wildman
I used #2 long and coil springs for fox in the interior. They worked well. #3's and 4's deffenatly have a place on your trapline in AK. Use em in cubbies under spruce trees for lynx and wolverine. (I've held a lynx in a #0 trap by one toe.)
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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 02:08:02 WedNov 2 2011 )

Well for the time being I guess I should keep em all then. With the #2's Chace I assume you're probably setting more in areas where fox will be the most likely thing you'll catch? I like using the appropriate size of trap whenever possible. What's too big for fox up there? I thought alot of people used more 3's and 4's cause of the chance of catching wolverine and lynx in the same sets. Just a toe or a destroyed trap isn't my cake.

Thanks for the input.

  
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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 17:04:17 FriNov 4 2011 )

My experience in the Chena vally was that there were a lot more fox than lynx and wolverine. Fox and lynx mostly in the valley's and along the river and sloughs, wolverine mostly in the high country. Fox don't generaly like to be confined so they will usually stay out of cubbies, whereas lynx and wolverine wont hesitate. Use set, lures and traps designed for specific animals and you will usually catch that animal. Notice that I used words like "mostly" "generaly" "usually". There is always an exception to the rule.

  
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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 21:33:43 SatNov 5 2011 )

Totally understand Chace, thank you. I think my hangup has been that I want to always catch whatever animal happens by first to any set. Well minus like ermine, squirrels, and birds. Any furbearer I want to catch typically. And I guess a few ermine would be ok in marten and mink sets if they stumble in but pan tension eliminates them from other sets.

Know anything of arctic fox? I know they are supposed to be smaller but what would be too big a trap for them?

  
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Re: Keep, trade, sell? ( 00:07:15 SunNov 6 2011 )

Never harvested Arctic Fox.

  

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