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#3130674 - 04/21/12 09:03 PM 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why
teacherman Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/23/11
Posts: 92
Loc: Wasilla, AK
Picking up brand new Belisles for marten trapping. Do you go with the 4", 5", or 6" squares??? I was thinking of going with the 160s that way if a wolverine comes past there's a better chance. Plus trap shy critters will be more willing to go into a bigger newspaper tube?

Thanks

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#3130750 - 04/21/12 10:03 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
HFT AK Online   content
trapper

Registered: 12/26/08
Posts: 397
Loc: Wasilla AK
I'd go with the 160's. I have a bunch of 220's that I use and love them. I have not had any refusals from a critter when they came to the bucket set. Might be overkill but I'm hoping one day a gulo happens to come by.

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#3130754 - 04/21/12 10:09 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
white17 Offline

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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14669
Loc: McGrath, AK
I'd go with the 120's. I don't see any point in increasing the cost of each set. You can always take the wolverine in a specific set if he's in the area.
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#3132173 - 04/23/12 03:00 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
Family Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
I used some 160 bridgers in boxes this year I believe they were. I liked the looks of them. For me the refusal thing is something I have to deal with and felt that they helped. Although I still had a number of refusals. But when I put a 120 in the box after catching a marten they looked a lot smaller. I think the belise is overkill on a marten. The 160 bridger was a strong trap.
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#3133522 - 04/23/12 10:48 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: Family Trapper]
teacherman Offline
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Registered: 11/23/11
Posts: 92
Loc: Wasilla, AK
Originally Posted By: Family Trapper
I used some 160 bridgers in boxes this year I believe they were. I liked the looks of them. For me the refusal thing is something I have to deal with and felt that they helped. Although I still had a number of refusals. But when I put a 120 in the box after catching a marten they looked a lot smaller. I think the belise is overkill on a marten. The 160 bridger was a strong trap.


I'm okay with overkill as long as its not doing damage. I seen a pic on here this winter of a wolverine killed in one and I was sold, lol. I do know what you mean about the 160s just looking better in general. I run newspaper tubes with the 120s and 4 gal rubbermaid trash cans with the 160s, they work really good in them. I had a cat come really close this season to sticking his head in a vertical 120, if it would have been a 160 I think it would have been a different story.

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#3133631 - 04/24/12 01:59 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 71
Loc: alaska
I'm with FT, 120 works just fine but the 160's look a lot more open and I'm assuming would get less refusals.

I ran 150's this year and they looked good sitting in a box.

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#3135059 - 04/25/12 06:51 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
Fergustrap Offline
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Registered: 02/21/07
Posts: 291
Loc: Quebec ,Canada
you want marten trap go with 120 for fast strike and no damage on back hair fur. I'm use LDL 120 mag and i'm enjoy of this cadillac trap

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#3135477 - 04/25/12 02:05 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 339
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
X2 what Fergus said.

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#3135486 - 04/25/12 02:17 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
yukon254 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/31/08
Posts: 445
Loc: Yukon
120s all the way for marten. Savageus are the best 120s made.
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#3135747 - 04/25/12 06:46 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
sheephunter Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 0
Loc: Western Wyoming
My marten like 120's. It seems the 160 would hit too hard for a marten. I had several with broken necks with the 120's. I wish I could claim to want to be fast and light, but I'm using newspaper rolls. Keep eyeing those flower pots though. Anyone got a lowdown on flower pots that fit the 120's? I just like the newpaper rolls.

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#3135822 - 04/25/12 07:48 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
Kermit Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 1
Loc: Ontario
Haven't tried it but wondering about plastic sap buckets.They are tapered.

http://www.embeeplastics.com/sapiteminfo.html

This is what I am talking about

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#3136044 - 04/25/12 09:51 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
sheephunter Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 0
Loc: Western Wyoming
OOoooohhh, those look nifty... Thanks Frogman.

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#3136175 - 04/26/12 12:41 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: Kermit]
teacherman Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/23/11
Posts: 92
Loc: Wasilla, AK
any idea of cost? I've also been using tubes and its been really hard to top!

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#3136294 - 04/26/12 07:32 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
160user Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 8467
Loc: MN
The Bridger 120's and 155's work great for me with Marten and Fisher but we don't have the Gulo's to deal with.
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#3136524 - 04/26/12 11:14 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: 160user]
trapper ron Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1168
Loc: Kelowna BC Canada
My trap of choice for marten is a 120 LDL with a pan trigger. Makes a better opening for those trap shy marten. The larger traps like a 160 do not selective position the animal for the best kill strike. Many times only making a chest catch. Also a marten can go in and out of a 160 bypassing the triggers with the extra space.

Like others I would suggest a separate set for wolverine. Our better wolverine trappers here have best success with a 280.
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#3136674 - 04/26/12 01:20 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
bctomcat Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/20/09
Posts: 196
Loc: 100 Mile House, BC Can
I also prefer a 120 mag trap with a pan trigger. When set in the box about 4" in front of the bait the marten is standing on the trigger when it fires resulting in a perfect humane catch virtually every time.

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#3137849 - 04/27/12 11:34 AM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
Dirt Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/01/10
Posts: 209
Loc: Armpit, ak
So,I have caught maybe a couple thousand marten, but have never used any of the recommended traps above. However, I agree with every trap recommendation above and any future recommendations in this thread.
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#3138112 - 04/27/12 02:50 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: teacherman]
Cougartail
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Just cause some people haven't caught as many marten doesn't make them "dumber than dirt"......lol

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#3138155 - 04/27/12 03:42 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: ]
Dirt Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/01/10
Posts: 209
Loc: Armpit, ak
Originally Posted By: Cougartail
Just cause some people haven't caught as many marten doesn't make them "dumber than dirt"......lol


I agree nobody is "dumber than dirt". Just saying that makes me feel better about my progress today. smile
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#3138220 - 04/27/12 04:49 PM Re: 120s, 155s or 160s for Marten??? Why [Re: Dirt]
Cougartail
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While you're in such an agreeable mood, would you agree to tell us what trap(s) did you use to catch those thousands of marten in?

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