There really is no need to get fractured over methodology here by quibbling over the miles, owning completely different seasonal circumstances in respective geographical haunts.
This is not a final exam for young trappers in a trapping education class. In truth, all of the proposed multiple choices, including "All of the above," are correct answers.
The diversity of approaches and the supporting opinions simply reveal the range of options available to a prospective muskrat trapper. With that, trial and error are on the palette, and an individual trapper has to match the hatch for their location.
A Phillips head screwdriver won't work, when in fact one needs an adjustable wrench as the appropriate tool to efficiently do the job right.
"Muskrats! Look at them all here. Gee, what tool would work best for me to be able to pull this off catching/harvesting them with: .22LR, floats, colony traps, long springs, coil springs, or body grips? Guess I'll just have to play around with what I have to find out - heard guys on Trapperman talking about using all of these different tools from across the country. None of them live by me though, so, looks like I am just going to have to experiment on this new adventure. It might take awhile, but I'll figure it out for myself in time."
Catch them the best way that you can, and for goodness sakes, don't complicate your life at this juncture as to what to stretch the pelts on - wire or wood. That will come in time, too, and won't take too long to figure out.
Come catch me if you can. You're a lot smarter than I am.
(Chuck Musitano Photo)