Thursday, November 14, 2013
On The Line
Recently, I was lucky enough to have 4 mornings off in a row. Being it was November I decided to go trapping for a few days. I went on line and purchased a trapping licence and checked the regs. I have not been trapping in several years so I was very excited. I dusted off a few traps and called a land owner. I got the landowners written permission to trap for 4 days.
I went into the swamp and scouted it out. I was a little disappointed in the amount of sign I found, but i set some traps anyway. I found a few areas which were good for muskrats. I set 2 #110's and 2#120's. I also set 2 #11DJ long springs in a pockets set for coon. On the first day checking the gear I was rewarded with a nice Coon in the Pocket set. The second day I was treated to a muskrat in one of the #110's. The third day was blank. On the fourth day I was given a little surprise to find a nice Mink in one of the #120's. I have never trapped a Mink so this was a first. They are very cool animals with wedded feet, claws, and sharp teeth. Alan over at Small Stream Reflections is probably pleased about a few wild trout being saved by taking this swift predator out. So I did pretty good for not being able to trap every year. I have not been in several years and I was treated to some nice treasures. I have to get the mink tagged by the state. After which I intend to have all three furs sent out to get tanned.
trapping video with mink catch