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#1118785 - 01/12/09 06:14 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
wildwoodsman Offline
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Registered: 02/25/08
Loc: northeastern Pennsylvania
i built a box and used beef liver and anise oil
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#1118804 - 01/12/09 06:19 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: wildwoodsman]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
Hey Bloomy welcome to our thread.

Do you only have one trap out? Are you new to weasel trapping? I didn't know pennsylvania had weasels. Hopefully they do you will enjoy trapping them.

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#1118818 - 01/12/09 06:23 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: racerboy108]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
Yea it is really werid.. it is mostly swamp/ marsh land with some trees and a creek goes through the land and there havent been much sign! frown

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#1118887 - 01/12/09 06:39 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
I have a creek running through a middle of a swamp with tall grass. And I find I catch more weasels along the woodline near the swamp. When I set out by the creek in the tall grass all I ever caught was mice. Might be because mink travel the creek which would push off weasels.

You could either leave your traps for a few more days or maybe just experiment and move a few to a new location. Sometimes new areas you'll catch the less trap shy ones and once their caught move and do it again. The more wearier ones can take a little longer to get.

And remember keep your bait freshened. That new sign can show up anytime.

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#1118943 - 01/12/09 06:52 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: racerboy108]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
Yea lets hope this 4 inches of snow makes them want to move? hopefully there will be some sign tm when i go to check me traps! i am keeping my fingers crossed! smile

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#1121209 - 01/13/09 04:03 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
I just checked my traps there was nothing in them but all the fresh snow had some weasel tracks!!! smile

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#1121439 - 01/13/09 05:12 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
In this cold up here everything was pretty much holed up so if your getting sign keep your bait as fresh as you can there going to want an easy meal.

You'll get them.

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#1121976 - 01/13/09 08:08 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: racerboy108]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
Yea i rebaited every one of my traps!

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#1122014 - 01/13/09 08:21 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
Was it chilly out there for ya? I went out about mid morning brought me back a rabbit. Other than that pretty dead out there.

Next week I might put some new weasel traps out. Been working on a new idea.

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#1122113 - 01/13/09 08:58 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: racerboy108]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
Yea i am seriously addicted to weasel trapping! during school i think about it when i get bored lol! smile

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#1122192 - 01/13/09 09:17 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
Northof50 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/20/08
Loc: Manitoba
Originally Posted By: trapperMN
So its really werid so yesterday before all the snow, i went to go check traps and there was nothing no sign or anything is it possible that there was only 2 weasel on 20 acres?

That is the usual ratio of weasels for a good hardwood-swamp habit to support in a weasel population in a Great lake forest biome. Seems to me there was a male and female in your pics. They are moving with snow cover so you may pick up some more if there is good connecting forest cover to that 20 acres.

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#1122398 - 01/13/09 10:23 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: Northof50]
Q Ball Offline
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Registered: 01/04/07
Loc: SE Minnesota
Caught this one today. I had the box in a culvert and had to slide in there headfirst cause of the snow. There were lots of tracks in the culvert and around the box. The box had been there for 2 weeks and had no action. I was actually going to pull it today if there was nothing in it. I reset it and set another in the culvert right next to it.


Seems like if I check the boxes everyday, I usually have empty boxes. If I wait about 3 days between checks, there is more activity. Also, my Moose River lure came in today so I rebaited/lured everything real good. Think I'll wait a couple days to check boxes again-when it warms up a little. (It was freakin -40 this morn. and supposed to be at least that tom!)
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#1122436 - 01/13/09 10:41 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: Q Ball]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
Good job Qball

Picking up two at a time is not bad. I have several times pulled 4-5 out of the same culvert before but I usually pull them after that. Other ones will move back in.

Checking your traps daily or every 3 days is more preference. I like to keep mine checked often. If you got a mouse in the trap the first day your sitting empty with no chance of catching a weasel or if you do catch a weasel other critters could damage it.

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#1122440 - 01/13/09 10:42 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
Originally Posted By: trapperMN
Yea i am seriously addicted to weasel trapping! during school i think about it when i get bored lol! smile


You better catch one soon to get that fix that you need to help that addiction you have. LOL

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#1124266 - 01/14/09 05:38 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: racerboy108]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
Now that weasel trapping is going a bit slower due to this cold weather i decided to set a few mouse traps near my house were there are tons of mice! they will make great bait! smile

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#1130705 - 01/16/09 10:57 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: trapperMN]
Q Ball Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/04/07
Loc: SE Minnesota
BUMP
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#1130760 - 01/16/09 11:27 PM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: Q Ball]
racerboy108 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Loc: Nimrod Minnesota 45
You guys having any luck?

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#1130893 - 01/17/09 05:58 AM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: racerboy108]
davejohnson2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/11/09
Loc: upstate NY
hey guys, what works better, a #1 foot hold or a rat trap for weasels? i didnt know we could trap them around here until just a few days ago and want to make some boxes today but am wondering what kind of trap should i use?
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beaver: 4
rats: 8
grinners: 2
mink: 1
coon: 1
weasel: 1

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#1130962 - 01/17/09 07:14 AM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: davejohnson2]
2poor Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Lake Mille Lacs , MN
In warmer weather like we experience in the fall a Weasel will spoil if not frozen. Leaving a Weasel for 3 days is not a very good option. They are also way more active and there would be a good chance you would miss catches leaving a trap plugged for that long. You will also experience more rodent damage in the fall with warmer weather.

In this bitter cold there is nothing wrong with running a line every 3 days. In fact it is way more efficent because of far less Weasel activity in the cold.

By far the best time to trap Weasels in MN is between Nov 15 and Dec 15. Perhaps give or take a couple days depending on where you live in the State. I was running near 50% catch rate in late November when I started. Some days I brought home 7-8 weasels every day. The same line was producing 2-3 a day by the end of December and now in the bitter cold I been finding 1 every two checks.

Do not get frustrated ! Take what you learned this Winter and spend the summer scouting locations , and building a couple more boxes.
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#1131342 - 01/17/09 10:06 AM Re: New at Weasel Trapping! [Re: 2poor]
trapperMN Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/09
Loc: Central Minnesota
I WAS CHECKING MY TRAPS TODAY AND I GOT A MUSKRAT IN MY RAT TRAP!!!!!

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