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New trapper... needs some pointers ( 05:34:01 ThuJan 26 2012 )

Hi im new to this forum and just want to say HI to everyone. I have been watching videos on you tube, and reading up on anything that I can about trapping. I am going to try my hand at it next week. I have about a dozen snares and some lure, but have yet to figure out where to go. I do not have a snow machine, so its all on foot. I just wanted to see if anyone could give me any pointers at all. I am excited to try it and see what happens.

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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 14:36:10 ThuJan 26 2012 )

Getting any meaningful pointers on trapping in a message forum is difficult at best. Try joining the Alaska Trappers Association, get to know some trappers and get information there.

That would be your best bet to learn. You can go to their website here



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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 20:37:25 SunJan 29 2012 )

Thanks, I wasnt looking for a free hand out. Rather just looking for some helpful hints. I have snares, some lures, and an area already picked out. I have been reading a ton of info and watching a bunch of videos. So I apologize for the assumption that I was looking for a free ride. I will report anything I might get in my snares. Thanks :smile:

  
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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 04:49:37 MonJan 30 2012 )

I was not trying to insinuate that you were looking for fee ride. Just meant to point you in a direction that might give you an education that will help you get started.

  
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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 06:24:35 FriFeb 3 2012 )

No hard feelings, I wasnt trying to sound grumpy. I went and set up 4 sets today. I am excited to see what may come of this. I dont expect to get anything, but then again you never know.

  
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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 15:55:09 FriFeb 3 2012 )

I hope you get something. Snaring is a difficult way to start trapping. I am not saying it can't be done, just that it is difficult to learn.

A few small traps for things like Marten wouldn't cost you much and would up your chances of success.

Number zero or number one traps are not expensive at all.

Setting snares for rabbits is a good way to get to know how to set snares. Of course different animals require different methods, but rabbits are easy when you find their runs.

  
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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 05:12:21 MonFeb 13 2012 )

does freezer burnt meat work on a set for lynx or fox? I have a grouse i shot the other day, but also have some burger that didnt get sealed good enough. I am going back out to check my snares tomorrow and was gonna set it wit the meat.

  
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Re: New trapper... needs some pointers ( 08:16:48 SunMar 17 2013 )

Everyone is different, trappers all have thier own ways of doing things. The only right way to do something is what you have learned through trial and error work best for you. With that said, thier are commonalities amongst trapper tricks of the trade..

Like Jim said trappers typically don't start of snaring, they start off with steel. Some us us up in years didnt start of with snares or steel, I have taken a mess of coon with deadfalls back in the early 70's.

Snaring for me isn't a bait pile, snaring for me is known corridor where animals I am targeting use. On occasion I might use a snare in a lynx cubbie if I don't have enough traps. The good thing about a snare is the lynx will dispatch himself, in a foothold thats not the case.

Find tracks and set up on the tracks when they go through narrow choke points in the vegetation. Try not to disturb the area. IF for some reason you feel a need to bait (which I wouldn't) perhaps just take a fist full of Grouse feathers and throw them on the trailing side of the snare (trailing side-- is the side you dont think the animal will enter from).

Like Jom said the best way to learn snaring initially is on rabbits.. Very abundant and it will help with your confidence. Confidence is a huge factor with snaring, it is just as important as woodsmanship..

  

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