In response to my above mentioned post from last year. I trap marten with 160's. Pan on inside jaw. I just use 1/4 inch mesh for pans, then a small western hemlock branch over the pan. These lay flat, look natural, and effectively enlarge the pan. Mostly I use #1 longspring and jumps. The SMALL hemlock branch works well on these also. That being said, I've taken several hundred marten out of conibears set up this way, and can't remember a single one that was not a double strike neck/ chest. Some areas, this isn't desirable, as marten freeze into trap, and trap and all have to be carted home and thawed. It does kill quickly though. I've pretty much always been a foothold guy, and just dabbled with coni's for marten for a few year. Never liked 120's much. Yeah, a little sqeeze bottle of Glycol or glycerine with a drop or 2 applied to the dog/ trigger/ strike bar helps in cold weather. Like I said, I prefer 160's set up this way, worked for me. I'm sure others have their preferred method. The anti- freeze on the trigger is even more important, if you are just using the trigger wires as they are. Marten don't like having to push to hard to fire the trap some times, nor do mink. For dryland trapping you want those triggers to fire easy.
Edited by trapped4ever (12/16/10 10:13 PM)