ADC how have lures treated ya on mink ?? i myself never use it anymore ... used to ... when i was a kid id always have a few bottles to try every season .... have weaned myself from it .... im sure i shouldnt post this as im SURE a load of people are gonna flip out and attack me ... lmao .... but i believe that a musky mink smellin lure tends to shy away females and young bucks for the most part ... and before yall go off the deep end ... lol ... i have talked to quite a few BIG number mink guys that feel the same way .... anyhow ... just curious on what ya think Jayme
As you know I use several different type sets... IMO people who only use blind sets are missing as many mink as people who only use pockets... so I mix it up and do some of each.
Two sets in the past make me keep lure a part of my arsenal...
One time there was pool of water with a metal tube exteding out into it like 6 feet. The tube was rusty, galvinized stuff about 6" in diameter. The tubes end was in 2 foot of water and about 3/4 of it was under water. (The banks all around were very flat with no funneling points and no place for a pocket.) I'd seen a mink on the ice there last year so, rigged a 110 to a pole and put it over the tubes end, then dipped a small wad of grass in lure and poked it down through the top of the tube where a small hole was rusted. I then stood back and laughed cause it looked so stupid. lol The next day Mr.Buck Mink was waiting in that 110. No saying for sure the lure made go there but I think it did.
The second was a pocket set I made one morning with just some mink lure. It snowed all afternoon, like 4-6" but quit shortly after dark. When I checked the trap the next day you could clearly see where the mink was traveling in the snow on the high bank and went just a little past the pocket before turning and diving straight down the bank into the pocket. There was no way he could see the pocket, he had to smell something. Unless of course he was just happended to be going to turn around and go back down there on his own.
Don't know for sure in either case but I don't think it hurts my chances of a big buck so I'll keep using it sometimes. If it scares off the females and they are left to breed, I don't care about that either I guess. I know I have caught females in lured pockets lots of times.