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#1332235 - 05/05/09 10:20 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: muddyriverdogz]
aprophet Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/26/08
Loc: Portsmouth Va.
Originally Posted By: muddyriverdogz
Drowning faster is better Ethics

I think the point is to have a live Duck so it can be released...


I think the point is to have 0 ducks
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#1332239 - 05/05/09 10:24 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: aprophet]
muddyriverdogz Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/04/08
Loc: Cleveland IL
Do you guys realy trap?

You set here nocking a float with your opinion with no real evidence to what you are saying......Good luck with that...
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#1332241 - 05/05/09 10:26 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: muddyriverdogz]
Bruce T Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: muddyriverdogz
Do you guys realy trap?

You set here nocking a float with your opinion with no real evidence to what you are saying......Good luck with that...



Let me put it to you this way.I don't catch ducks and I want to drown my rats as fast as possible.
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#1332245 - 05/05/09 10:29 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: muddyriverdogz]
City Slicker Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: Indiana
Who wants to haul around a bunch of floats? Keep it simple and set 110's and stoploss - that's been my muskrat gear for years.

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#1332253 - 05/05/09 10:36 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: City Slicker]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: City Slicker
Who wants to haul around a bunch of floats? Keep it simple and set 110's and stoploss - that's been my muskrat gear for years.

Been doing that for alot of years with great results.
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#1332269 - 05/05/09 10:54 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Bruce T]
Drifter Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Stronghurst , IL
Quote:
Originally Posted By: City Slicker
Who wants to haul around a bunch of floats? Keep it simple and set 110's and stoploss - that's been my muskrat gear for years.

Been doing that for alot of years with great results.


Remember folks not ALL LOCATIONS and ALL STYLES work the same in all areas of the country.

When we had rat numbers back in the 60s and 70s in this area floats shined . Some had stash spots they kept them at for years . Some conditions 110s in runs wasn't an option .

I have taken beaver on floats before too so anchor your traps well . Match the hatch an old fishing bit of wisdom also works for trapping . I tried floats with corn in the river one year the rats hadn't seen corn before I guess but the beaver had .

Drifter
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#1332274 - 05/05/09 11:00 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Drifter]
Bruce T Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: Drifter
Quote:
Originally Posted By: City Slicker
Who wants to haul around a bunch of floats? Keep it simple and set 110's and stoploss - that's been my muskrat gear for years.

Been doing that for alot of years with great results.


Remember folks not ALL LOCATIONS and ALL STYLES work the same in all areas of the country.

When we had rat numbers back in the 60s and 70s in this area floats shined . Some had stash spots they kept them at for years . Some conditions 110s in runs wasn't an option Drifter

Might be, but around here I love it when my competition uses floats for the majority of his trapping for muskrats.
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#1332275 - 05/05/09 11:02 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: City Slicker]
aprophet Offline
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Registered: 11/26/08
Loc: Portsmouth Va.
Originally Posted By: City Slicker
Who wants to haul around a bunch of floats? Keep it simple and set 110's and stoploss - that's been my muskrat gear for years.


I live on the ICW I use a mix of floats and conis alot of what I trap is tidal at low tide I dont like stop loss I have quiet a few sloughs the floats work well on the larger foot holds the 1 1/2 long spring work good for me. I just tried corn one year I did,nt like catching nontargets greenheads and mergansers mostly I just don,t use it as a bait. I always thought merganser only ate fish/minnows maybe it was the color .??
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#1348180 - 05/18/09 11:39 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: aprophet]
slyder06 Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/14/07
Loc: northern ky
i live on a lake so haulin them to the lake only takes a few minutes. I'm still learnin..... not much of a rat trapper just tryin everythin to see what works best for me

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#1348186 - 05/18/09 11:51 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: muddyriverdogz]
Blackdog Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/31/07
Loc: Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: muddyriverdogz
Do you guys realy trap?

You set here nocking a float with your opinion with no real evidence to what you are saying......Good luck with that...


coon-38
rats-46
beaver-1
blanket beaver-4
mink-3
coyote-3
fox-0
grinners-1


With that total, Do YOU really trap? eek
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#1348553 - 05/18/09 06:15 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Blackdog]
Bruce T Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: Blackdog
Originally Posted By: muddyriverdogz
Do you guys realy trap?

You set here nocking a float with your opinion with no real evidence to what you are saying......Good luck with that...



coon-38
rats-46
beaver-1
blanket beaver-4
mink-3
coyote-3
fox-0
grinners-1
With that total, Do YOU really trap? eek


No,we don't trap at all.We catch them with our bare hands muddyriverdodz.
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#1348587 - 05/18/09 06:32 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Bruce T]
crazy Eddy Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Loc: Oswego, NY
I use about 10 floats in areas that dont have any other method of set up. They produce about 40-50 rats per season (about 3 weeks) Brucet is right on the spring season. I never had much luck in the fall with them. I use apples for bait and a bed of hay, or dry grass. I just hang them in a tree when the season ends and thier all set for next season. I love trapping on floats, and they always produced very well for me.

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#1348969 - 05/18/09 10:56 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: crazy Eddy]
Jonathan Offline
"Wilson"

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Northwestern New York(Elder)
Slyder06, All floats are not created equally, even if "just wood." The designs and function vary considerably. Have you seen this thread before:

Muskrat Floats: An Overview

You may get some better ideas for construction of them from here that might be more suitable for your conditions. Just a thought.

Jonathan
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#1353115 - 05/22/09 09:32 AM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Jonathan]
slyder06 Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/14/07
Loc: northern ky
yes jonathan i just found it somewhere maybe archives, i think my floats sit too low in water they only stick out maybe 1/4 - to 1/2 inch Those others seem to ride higher in water

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#1359443 - 05/27/09 08:06 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Blackdog]
jhenney Offline
trapper

Registered: 03/24/08
Loc: Eastern, NC, USA
Originally Posted By: Blackdog
Originally Posted By: muddyriverdogz
Do you guys realy trap?

You set here nocking a float with your opinion with no real evidence to what you are saying......Good luck with that...


coon-38
rats-46
beaver-1
blanket beaver-4
mink-3
coyote-3
fox-0
grinners-1


With that total, Do YOU really trap? eek


now that's funny. Good one Blackdog
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#1359458 - 05/27/09 08:14 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: jhenney]
City Slicker Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: Indiana
If your floats are not connecting for ya, why would ya continue to use floats? Floats work in very specific, regional areas. I've tried floats one season, and nothing. I'll stick to the conibears, stoploss and colony traps. Around here floats is just another word for "firewood"!

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#1359716 - 05/27/09 10:57 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: City Slicker]
GerryE Offline
trapper

Registered: 03/05/09
Loc: Michigan, Bay City
Floats didnt work for me either. I tryed them in a large marsh, large ditches, and in snall ditches. Long story short gave up on them and went on to other methods. Cant get enough of the colony traps.
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#1360317 - 05/28/09 01:15 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: GerryE]
Jonathan Offline
"Wilson"

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Northwestern New York(Elder)
How does this antique, Funsten Submarine "floating" muskrat trap trip your triggers?

Jonathan

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#1360329 - 05/28/09 01:27 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: Jonathan]
skunkdefuser Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/08
Loc: Edgerton, Ohio 20 yr old
Originally Posted By: Jonathan
How does this antique, Funsten Submarine "floating" muskrat trap trip your triggers?

Jonathan








if i grind the teeth off, does it make it legal?
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#1360343 - 05/28/09 01:42 PM Re: i can't catch anythin on a Muskrat float [Re: skunkdefuser]
Jonathan Offline
"Wilson"

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Northwestern New York(Elder)
Yup! But, without that extra grip, I would encourage you to 4-coil it. Ha!

Are we having fun in the sandbox today, or what?

Jonathan
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