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#281291 - 08/01/07 04:35 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Salthunter]
Asa Lenon Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Gulliver, Michigan
I want to clarify what I said in an above posting. Some mink musk in a mink lure can be an asset, it when one adds too much that it many times scares off females and young males. Also, too much mink musk overpowers other great mink calling ingredients that might be in the formulation such as muskrat and weasel musk. Some moderate amount of mink musk added to ones bait will enhance that bait in my opinion. Ace

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#281299 - 08/01/07 04:44 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: 2poor]
PA skinner Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 1477
Loc: PA
 Originally Posted By: 2poor
 Originally Posted By: PA skinner

Gerald Schmitt, who has taken more mink than most of us will ever see, recommends straight preserved glands as a lure.



Actually Gerald says for Mink trapping I use primarily bait and use very little lure ! He does comment that he has mixed Mink Gland lure in Proylene Glycol and dumped it over his 5 gal. pail of bait in cold weather.


Yep, exactly what I said, lol, preserved mink glands as a lure. Didn't know we were talking about bait.

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#281302 - 08/01/07 04:46 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: PA skinner]
PA skinner Offline
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Anyone try Thorpe's new mink lure? I've smelled it and I'm curious... it's different for sure...might have to give it a try.

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#281308 - 08/01/07 04:55 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: 2poor]
crombie Offline
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Registered: 04/30/07
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Loc: kentucky
 Originally Posted By: 2poor
Silly rabbit, fish isn't lure.

Dont tell the Mink !

Dont worry i already read it LOL
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#281336 - 08/01/07 05:25 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: crombie]
Dave Plueger Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
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As was stated, mink release their musk as a fear response. Not too many mink want to get close to where a fellow mink may have been killed. The lure I developed utilizes weasel glands as a base. Mink will not tolerate a weasel in the vacinity and will readily investigate where a weasel has been. Very similar to an otters response to a mink in its territory.

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#281343 - 08/01/07 05:30 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Dave Plueger]
Asa Lenon Offline
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Good mink lure formula Dave! Weasel musk has been one of the secrets to success of Lenon mink lure formulas for about 83 years now. Much better and more effective than loud mink odors. Ace

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#281356 - 08/01/07 05:46 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Dave Plueger]
CedarRivrTrappr Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 1595
Loc: St. Ansgar, Iowa
 Originally Posted By: Dave Plueger
As was stated, mink release their musk as a fear response.


Thats a great post, that never crossed my mind. But it defently makes sense. Great post Dave!

I used mink lure once last year. I had a 110 in a trail and had a lathe stabilizing it, so I poured a little mink lure on the top of that. After a few days of nothing, one afternoon the lathe wasn't sticking up anymore so I figured I had a mink. Only to find a snapped 110 and lathe about 10 feet from the set location. I noticed the lathe was all bitten up where the lure was. It looked like a fox pulled it out and starting chewing on the lathe like a chew toy.
I think I'm gonna put a dirthole there this year.
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#281360 - 08/01/07 05:51 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Asa Lenon]
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Registered: 12/22/06
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Loc: evansville Indiana age67
I like rat glands.

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#281442 - 08/01/07 07:27 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: don Wolf]
Minker Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 936
Loc: Ohio
never been a fan of mink musk , a faint odor of it is good but a strong smell of it , i've always believed spooked alot of mink . and when i say a faint odor of it , i mean faint.

want to catch coon , they love mink musk.

fresh rat glands are good, better if ever so slightly tainted.

weasel musk is a killer on them , straight or mixed with other stuff.

mink urine late in season has done well for me .

crawfish oil is a real good lure for mink .

matrix lures , i spent a lot of years working on a female in heat mink matrix lure . it has no musk , just reproductive tracts and urine bladders from late season female mink .

worked great, only problem is getting enough female mink in heat parts to make mass quanitys . going to look into having a chemist synthetize it and see how that turns out .

another lure that has worked well for me is made from weasel musk, slightly tainted rat glands, crawfish oil and several other things . its a food/curiosity smell . that same lure only made with mink musk instead of weasel musk did not work well on mink but is a good canine and coon lure .

as far as store bought lures, lenons come first to my mind , years ago L.A. smith's adirondack animal lures made a mink lure i beleive was called adirondack special #15 and it was good stuff. i've caught some on blackies mink lure and j.r.& sons mink lure , and i've used v.e. tingleys black magic mink lure with some results.

i mostly use fresh fish , muskrat meat for bait and mink urine late season.

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#281497 - 08/01/07 08:39 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Minker]
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Thanks for the replies thus far, they are very enlightning... however lol, I'm still going to use a little mink lure in some sets... SO... besides Lenon's which I know is good but I already have, I'd like to try a new one or two. I'm leaving for Goshen in the morning... any reccomendations on a BRAND NAME mink lure to try? \:\) \:\) \:\)

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#281652 - 08/01/07 10:07 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: ]
newhouse114 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: S.W.Oregon
Asa, while I was trapping in Alaska in sub freezing temps I used small cubbies baited with a chunk of fish (sometimes), and a tiny smear of pure ground mink glands in the back of the cubbie. My idea was to EXCLUDE females and just target mature males. Worked like a charm! 90% male catch for the entire winter. I was only trapping about 4-5 miles of river and took several dozen mink off that short stretch. I felt that by excluding females I could trap all the mink I could catch and not worry about hurting the population for the following winter.

For those that want to try something different that I have had great success with here in Oregon.....fresh skunk meat!! I started using skunk carcasses for otter bait and slayed the mink in my otter sets, so I've started targeting mink with skunk meat for bait.
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#281674 - 08/01/07 10:15 PM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: newhouse114]
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Loc: north alabama
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#281877 - 08/02/07 05:59 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: swampbooger]
Asa Lenon Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5959
Loc: Gulliver, Michigan
Interesting info Newhouse, thanks! Ace

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#281887 - 08/02/07 06:32 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Asa Lenon]
LT GREY Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 16170
Loc: Central Ohio
I have used pure weasel glands ground into a paste to take a number of mink. I have some about 5 years old...works great.

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#281910 - 08/02/07 07:32 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: LT GREY]
k9. Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3740
Loc: Brooklyn, Iowa 45 years old st...
Coming up with numbers of weasel glands can be a chore.
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#281917 - 08/02/07 08:02 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: newhouse114]
Rat_Pack Offline
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Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 890
Loc: Central New York
 Originally Posted By: newhouse114
For those that want to try something different that I have had great success with here in Oregon.....fresh skunk meat!! I started using skunk carcasses for otter bait and slayed the mink in my otter sets, so I've started targeting mink with skunk meat for bait.
Chuck


Interesting. I wonder if Gusto or another "skunky" type lure would work instead of chunked skunk.

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#281922 - 08/02/07 08:10 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: k9.]
Freepop Offline
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Registered: 05/09/07
Posts: 1595
Loc: South Central Michigan
Man I love this forum!!

Must've cut my learning curve by 30 or more years :~)
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#281956 - 08/02/07 09:00 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Freepop]
kyminktrapr Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 276
Loc: Argillite, KY
In my opinion mink lure is not needed. I have had too many refusals and my confidence is nil when it comes to using lure. I have caught several mink in my time and never had any more success on lure than just using straight out fish in pockets or blind sets. Refusals are not a concern with fish in pockets or good blind sets. I set 70% pockets and 30% blind. If you have the right kind of place, a blind set can't be beat, but finding the right place sometimes is time consuming. Some trappers will make a place for a blind set that will work on occasion by placing logs, rocks etc. Too me its just too time consuming when your settin a lot of sets, and you have a chance of a refusal if not made right. Punching in a pocket is much faster and will work very well.
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#281967 - 08/02/07 09:14 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: kyminktrapr]
Gary Offline
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Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 12915
Loc: Indiana, 15 1/4yrs old
ky i tend to not agree .... but this has alot to do with the areas i trap here .... many are clay, root ridden, rocky, etc .... would take alot of time to construct pockets if possible at all minus dynamite .... i have seen areas where to punch pockets would be a snap and if i trapped in those areas i would have more than likely grown up makin more pockets and agree with ya .... but with what i have dealt with growin up in the areas i trap/trapped i learned to adapt and have gotten to be a better than average bind set trapper .... i had this discussion in chat one night with a few people ..... told me many stops there just arent any blind set locations .... most of the stops i hit ill have a blind set put in in lil time at all ... even if i have to construct the "blind" set myself ... a lil bit of movin things around can up the odds of makin a catch ALOT .... the structure in and along waterways are always changin due to weather and water fluctuation and i have yet to see where movin a few things around to force the mink over the trap has caused refusals ..... ill try to take pix this comin season to show ya what i mean ... or sum video footage .... thanx for ya input !!! i love hearin yalls ideas and views !! \:\)
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#282048 - 08/02/07 11:06 AM Re: Any experianced minkers... lure ??? [Re: Gary]
Salthunter Offline
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Registered: 07/29/07
Posts: 33
Loc: Idaho
KYminker,
My brother took on a partner one year,.. late in the season, They had little bait.
They both made pockets, My brother didnt use bait, the other fellow did.
Two checks, exactly 100 traps each. My brother caught 22 mink, his partner 21.
Do I think it was refusal?,... No.. I think and still belive bait will pull extra mink into the set. My brother beds his traps better, and limits the minks foot possibilities better than most trappers.

Start paying attention: "refusals" often are not refusals at all, ..the mink didnt put its foot on the pan. And often that is the trappers fault.
Check out the picture in the mink post a couple days ago. There is way too much room around the trap in the picture of the blind set


Edited by Salthunter (08/02/07 11:09 AM)

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