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#1684894 - 12/25/09 09:30 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: madtrapper]
madtrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
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Loc: Ely, Minnesota, coolest small ...
Homer trapper, your set is interesting, does it keep the shrews out? What kind of trigger are you using?
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#1685090 - 12/25/09 10:54 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: 2poor]
Northof50 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 941
Loc: Manitoba
Originally Posted By: 2poor
Originally Posted By: Tim Bauer

The side entry thing might work but I'd be careful about the spring doing some damage, maybe if you taped it up?


All it would take is a Snappy brand trap and you could save the tape for something more worthwhile. Like wrapping your wife's Christmas present !


One of the items the grader showed me was the holes in the hide that the springs make when there is a snap in that area. That pointed spring does ripe a fine hole in the hide. Wrapping with electrical tape cushions this damage.
Besides it is easier to see if the trap has gone off from a distance with the tape.


Edited by squirrelchaser (12/25/09 10:55 PM)

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#1685435 - 12/26/09 08:17 AM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Northof50]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 8684
Loc: Lake Mille Lacs , MN
I see maybe 1 hole ripped from a spring tip out of 100 catches. Not at all what I consider a problem. Of course this is with a front entry box
There are several traps that would not do any damage with a side entry, as there are no exposed springs.
Sometimes we just need to get a little creative.

I made 2 boxes with a side entry and will Post pictures when I connect. May take a couple days for these Culverts to heal as they are one big sloppy mess this morning !
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#1685577 - 12/26/09 10:00 AM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: 2poor]
ottertrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 592
Loc: Michigan, United States
Just got in from checking my few boxes this morning and had two nice shortails waiting for me a male and a female. Now I just need to get all my boxes out, but need to flesh out some beaver for bait. Looking forward to next season already.

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#1685743 - 12/26/09 12:40 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: ottertrapper]
CoonBuster Offline
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Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 474
Loc: Shawano, WI 15 y/o
Nice pics guys!

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#1685839 - 12/26/09 02:20 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: CoonBuster]
fossil2 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 517
Loc: minn
2poor,,,keep us posted on the side entry boxes. i intended to build a couple this weekend but i just finished cleaning the snow from the yard for the 3rd time since thursday. havent been anywhere since this snow so dont know if theres a culvert in the country thats not under 3 feet of snow.

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#1686156 - 12/26/09 05:04 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: fossil2]
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Loc: Lake Mille Lacs , MN
Originally Posted By: fossil2
2poor,,,keep us posted on the side entry boxes. i intended to build a couple this weekend but i just finished cleaning the snow from the yard for the 3rd time since thursday. havent been anywhere since this snow so dont know if theres a culvert in the country thats not under 3 feet of snow.


I threw a side entry box in the truck and ran the route. Found 3 Weasels waiting and a bunch of shrews who must like moving in the snow.
Culverts are a sloppy, miserable mess, full of snow. I just could not get excited about even attempting a catch as I pulled several boxes hoping for a cold snap to firm things back up. I can deal with snow but not slushy water.

Good news is momma cleaned the driveway and yard with the skid loader while I was gone. Good thing I had the sense to plug it in !
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#1686233 - 12/26/09 05:44 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: 2poor]
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Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 858
Loc: North Idaho
Picked up my first ever this morning!


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#1686374 - 12/26/09 06:28 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Dakota H.]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 522
Loc: fort ripley minnesota
Good news is momma cleaned the driveway and yard with the skid loader while I was gone. Good thing I had the sense to plug it in !
momma should beat you with a stick.
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#1686399 - 12/26/09 06:34 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Dakota H.]
ottertrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 592
Loc: Michigan, United States
Originally Posted By: Dakota H.
Picked up my first ever this morning!



Nice!! Now another one is hooked!!!

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#1686428 - 12/26/09 06:45 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: ottertrapper]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 8684
Loc: Lake Mille Lacs , MN
Nice catch Dakota.
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#1686478 - 12/26/09 07:04 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: 2poor]
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Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 474
Loc: Shawano, WI 15 y/o
Way to go Dakota!

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#1686498 - 12/26/09 07:14 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: CoonBuster]
Brownie 77 Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
Posts: 2211
Loc: MN 34
Checked 6 boxes today and had 2 very big males. Will check all of them tomorrow with shovel in hand, but it seems that this snow gets them going.
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#1686509 - 12/26/09 07:18 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Brownie 77]
trapping4life Offline
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Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 6465
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Brownie 77
Checked 6 boxes today and had 2 very big males. Will check all of them tomorrow with shovel in hand, but it seems that this snow gets them going.

Are you still up north trapping these or up around St. Cloud?
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#1686892 - 12/26/09 09:46 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Dakota H.]
crazyweasel Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 153
Loc: Osseo, Minnesota
Dakota
Congrats on your first. You know they are like potato chips! you aren't satisfied until you have you've had a whole bag full.

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#1686917 - 12/26/09 09:57 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Northof50]
crazyweasel Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 153
Loc: Osseo, Minnesota
Squirrelchaser
You seem to know a lot about weasels. Have you any good information about longtails. Does anyone you know target them? My goal is to catch some of those big ermine. the literature says they should around most regions!
Crazyweasel

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#1686941 - 12/26/09 10:13 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: crazyweasel]
madtrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 2151
Loc: Ely, Minnesota, coolest small ...
I would like to catch some of those too, I guess there are a few in South Dakota and western Minn. I don't know how to spot their habitat.


Edited by madtrapper (12/26/09 10:14 PM)
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#1686977 - 12/26/09 10:38 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: madtrapper]
Dakota H. Offline
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Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 858
Loc: North Idaho
Oh man, they are addicting...

I rushed to home depot and got more traps.

Here he is boarded, feet on. I used a straw as a belly wedge, but he's a little too long for it. Is that ok?




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#1686995 - 12/26/09 10:49 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: Dakota H.]
ottertrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 592
Loc: Michigan, United States
They look cool fur out, I assume you are tanning it? I remember many years ago when I became addicted to weasel trapping and all the box building and trap buying. Its great!

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#1686999 - 12/26/09 10:51 PM Re: 2009 weasel thread [Re: crazyweasel]
Northof50 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 941
Loc: Manitoba
Originally Posted By: crazyweasel
Squirrelchaser
You seem to know a lot about weasels. Have you any good information about longtails. Does anyone you know target them? My goal is to catch some of those big ermine. the literature says they should around most regions!
Crazyweasel

Look for Richardson ground squirrel colonies, 1000 animal size ones. Then you have found the location. The western long tail is different from the eastern long tail, you can feal the hide differences. Soon someone will do some DNA to show the two species. Any long tails that I have handled have a flea only found on Richardsons GS, so they spend a lot of time down their burrows in the winter. There is a one pound sleeping dinner there, and fleas are not going to be eaten, but go to the warm prey.
Do your jurisidictions not have restrictions on trapping them ?
Alberta has NO Possesion of any weasel with a tail over 4.5 inches for market.(there are a lot of females with pleated tails) Ironically the females are the same size as male short-tails, and get overlooked.

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