Posted by Family Trapper
Lots of marten sign and wolverine also.
A bit frustrated however as sets I had check after the 4 day Christmas Break only yielded 2 females. And about 7-8 walk bys.
Dang I hate that. They just wouldn't climb up and have a look even. Pretty frustrated. Talked with Takotna last night for a long time. He sees it too.
Man in Montana I would never see a marten go by a set.
Rick do you experience that in Idaho?
Sure does dampen the enthusiam.
Seeing a lot of sign like this.
1 Old Track but since the Christmas snow, 2 a little snow in the track and 3 was just there. Better be in my set when I come back.
After the walk bys I started giving them everything I had.
Beaver, grouse, flagging, sable oil, tainted eel/glycerin. A darn varitable smorgishboard.!! I have been putting my beaver in the orange bait sack mess they use for commercial fishing. Holds the bait nice and I think the birds will have a harder time getting it all. Works nice to hold the bait in buckets as well. Frozen beaver is hard to wire. $.15 a foot.
These are both females.
Are they young of the year? Is the one on the right maybe a yearling?
With the marten being finicky I started to set plant pot sets at about a foot off the ground with a tip up. Pretty easy set up and should swing them up about 7 feet.
I will post picts next time of them before and after.
Hoping that they will go into the low sets better. I found a great supplier for the plant pots if you guys need any.
I have been using the 300's. I know Dusty suggested the 400's but the ones I got ended up being smaller for some reasons I won't go into. Anyway they seem to work great. The trap fits into them just right. The corners of the trap hold onto the conibear. I wire them onto the tree also. Your conibear holder needs to hold them out away from the tree however. I am making s like Dusty showed. Had a hard time finding steel so I went to the dump and took the sides off a stove. Just the right guage and it cuts with a sheet metal cutter. I will post some picts when I get the process down.
Posted by Trailblazersteve
Len,sorry to hear of your "marten luck".I am real interested on how you do this year.Good luck!Can't tell by the pic to well but it looks like your leaning pole is at a pretty steep incline which I don't think is to big of deal but it also looks like your bait and trap are pretty high off the ground,might just be the pic.I too commited to a certain type trapping marten this year and am pleased with the results.I am using the paper box's(trimmed and slotted),110's and using fish and muskrat for bait.The fish seems to be working better then the rats.I was using Lenon's marten lure but found it to be to weak with the cold temps so I phoned him and he suggested that I try his fisher lure which contains alot more skunk.Started seeing great results the first check after using it.I am mounting the box's on bent or leaning trees and also on top of big broken tree trunks.None of my box's are higher then 4 feet off the ground.I figure as long as the marten are off the ground I'm ok.Only lost one to a fox.The 110's are working great but I did have one marten alive.I'm positive that he was "just" caught because it snowed that night and I seen his fresh tracks going to the set.Been using a strip(2-3') of red tape tied a few feet away from the set.
Posted by Family Trapper
Thanks Steve. I will give Asa a call and get some of that Fisher lure. I have some Gusto and mixed it with my tainted eel. Guess I will have to try some straight. Man I hate that skunk. Scared to get it on me and have to live with myself in a tent.
Right now I am trying to figure out the fastest way to get sets out. I really want get them to hang high from fox. I might try just putting some buckets high and wiring off to a branch to hang them. Save cutting a tree to tip up. I have lots of country but having a hard time getting a lot of sets out in a day with conditions as they are, new country, portages to cut, and all new lines to prep. But what a great job!
Sat phone is awesome.
posted by Trialblazersteve
I would think that gusto should work fine.Mayby your sets are just a little high.I'm catching males and females about equally.I'm not in the best marten country and have a set every 300 or 400 yards on a 7 mile loop.I'm catching one or two a week.Took me a while to get all the sets in place because i have to snow shoe the whole loop.I can pack 12 (6x6)of my box's on my frame pack and they are already baited and have the coni in them ready to set.Just snowed 2 feet yesterday so I'm not to thrilled about checking this weekend.But on my other line the cats are realy starting to move!!
posted by famly trapper I am setting a bit high but they seem to either climb or not climb. Something out there has to get there attention to investigate. I would like to have a 1000 tainted voles for bait.
Marten trapper. You mentioned using rasberry jam I think one time. I was maybe going to take some and mix it with glycerin and see if it got there attention. Some kind of aromtic sweet smell maybe. I am going to keep trying things until I get something that drives them crazy!!!!