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#3056160 - 03/04/12 11:47 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
J_M Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/28/11
Loc: Minnesota
My feelings on colony traps is if you find the right spot under water for a body-grip WHY catch only 1 when you can use a colony and catch multiples (if legal). Floats in the spring are hard to beat.
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#3056191 - 03/05/12 12:18 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
bottomlot Offline
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Registered: 02/13/12
Loc: Wisconsin
YUP! and YUP!
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#3056197 - 03/05/12 12:27 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
dayn Offline
trapper

Registered: 03/04/08
Loc: Washington State
Here in washington all we can use is colonies or cages for any fur trapping, been 35 years since I trapped muskrat, but I'm gonna give it a go next fall and winter, maybe spring, see how things go, sure wish I could use the conis on them as well, that was my go to trap back in the 70s...
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#3056631 - 03/05/12 10:13 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Warmutt Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/27/11
Loc: Minnesota
dayn, I'll bet that after you get the hang of colonys you won't miss conis too much. For myself they are the fastest and easiest way to trap.
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#3057193 - 03/05/12 03:59 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Axxis Offline
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Registered: 03/03/12
Loc: West Virginia
Does anybody on here use Bridger #110s? If so, how do you like them?
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#3057216 - 03/05/12 04:11 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Axxis]
ray12 Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/26/09
Loc: Millersburg OH,
Originally Posted By: savvy axxis
Does anybody on here use Bridger #110s? If so, how do you like them?


I have been thinking about getting me some of those to but i dont want them if there not better than dukes
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#3057283 - 03/05/12 04:39 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: ray12]
Axxis Offline
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Registered: 03/03/12
Loc: West Virginia
Originally Posted By: ray12
Originally Posted By: savvy axxis
Does anybody on here use Bridger #110s? If so, how do you like them?


I have been thinking about getting me some of those to but i dont want them if there not better than dukes


I bought some #110 Bridgers the other day, and they are some what weaker than my buddy's Duke #110s. I really like the triggers on the Bridgers I bought, I am just a little worried about spring strength.
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#3058134 - 03/05/12 09:27 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
michael_obrien
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so its coming back around to rat killing time, ey boys?

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#3058365 - 03/05/12 11:40 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
bottomlot Offline
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Registered: 02/13/12
Loc: Wisconsin
It's been rat killing time since the end of october and will be until the end of april for me!
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#3058832 - 03/06/12 10:01 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
michael_obrien
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lol i had other things on my mind, but i did take a week or two here and here to amass a small pile of rats over the winter. however not is freezer-filling time!

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#3060770 - 03/07/12 09:37 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Greg Melsom Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/09/11
Loc: Greenville S.C.
Hey guys, im planing on buying a colony trap from this link. Which size would be enough to catch muskrats?


http://www.fntpost.com/Categories/Trapping/Traps/Colony+Traps/

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#3060828 - 03/07/12 10:19 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Predator Wild Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/14/10
Loc: NW Missouri
Greg, you may want to check your state laws before purchasing anything. I don't know your laws there, but here in MO we are limited to a colony trap no larger than 6 x 6. Where will you be setting these traps? the smaller ones are often easier to deploy in places such as ponds. The wider models work better in streams and culverts.
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#3120584 - 04/14/12 02:33 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Greg Melsom Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/09/11
Loc: Greenville S.C.
WE don't have a limit on size traps. Im putting them in a pond.

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#3123228 - 04/16/12 11:08 AM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Drakej Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/07
Loc: Kanabec Cty, MN
Some observations on single spring Duke 160's. Their size made them very effective in bottom edge and baited trigger sets. My practice of setting trigger wires way to one side with 110's allowed some m'rats/mink to pass far enough thru before firing to not hold animal. Setting with "V" shaped trigger in middle solved this. Overstaking is needed as otter can fit in them in many situations. They work as well as 110's in most places and much better in others. Very few places require a smaller trap. Several mink did escape them on dry land(other brands may possibly work better) so I will only use double spring 160's now above water. I like them.

Colony traps are new to me but where ever they can be placed I am using them. Nothing can match their ability to take m'rats if there is a place for them. I wish I had places I could set 100's of them. But I haven't found or learned to recognize places on my line where they will effectively work better than other traps to use more than a dozen. Not much more thrilling than lifting out a colony completely full of m'rats. Funnel ends and swing doors, either two piece or with death bite space above door increases catch capacity notably if they're larger size is allowed in your state.
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#3123760 - 04/16/12 06:01 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Greg Melsom Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/09/11
Loc: Greenville S.C.
I want to get a belisle #150 single spring with a 6" jaw spread for catching muskrats. Will this trap catch me muskrats?

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#3123773 - 04/16/12 06:06 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Greg Melsom]
Bigkolo Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/11/11
Loc: Southern Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Greg Melsom
I want to get a belisle #150 single spring with a 6" jaw spread for catching muskrats. Will this trap catch me muskrats?

It should. Over kill though...but still you are assured a catch

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#3123776 - 04/16/12 06:08 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Loc: alaska
Rats and mink will not, budge in this trap.. Besisle 150


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#3123795 - 04/16/12 06:22 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: lbtrapper]
Bigkolo Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/11/11
Loc: Southern Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: lbtrapper
Rats and mink will not, budge in this trap.. Besisle 150



Yup!

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#3124333 - 04/16/12 09:35 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
Drakej Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/07
Loc: Kanabec Cty, MN
I doubt you would have any trouble with above water mink either. But with the high possibility of theft in my area the are too expensive for me. They are they same size as 160's.
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#3124346 - 04/16/12 09:44 PM Re: MUSKRAT, MUSKRAT, and only MUSKRAT [Re: Jesse james]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Loc: alaska
Nope!


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