I'm a freshman and this is my third season, and I'm not sure if I am in the same group as you guys, but I have learned quite a bit throughout the past seasons.
*Get some dang trapping stakes, wiring your traps to everything just won't cut it.
*Dye your traps.
*Don't rely on your buddies for rides or for using their boat.
*Make sure that if you are trapping with drags in a thicket that your trap will get swivel action.
*Learn how to make sets before season comes along, and how to bed traps
*Do not be lazy. Don't sit by a fire cooking liver wasting your sweet old time when your friend is pestering you to go set. Trust me, he is right.
*If you have a partner out on the line with you listen to him, you guys WILL
learn from each other.
*Make sure if you cross stake that your stakes are crossed well. Not just a slight angle.
*Don't be afraid to gang set.
*If you know animals are traveling through a place set it. Don't wait for fresh sign, just set it.
*Be extremely careful with electronics on the trapline. Double bag them in Ziploc bags if you have to. Doesn't hurt to be to careful.
*Scout scout scout scout. It is better to scout an area before season than to scout it during season.
*Make sure there is a lanyard on your ice chisel.
*Make sure you know where the edge of the hole you just chopped is. Yes I know that sounds very stupid
*If you use a lot of wire, make sure you have an extra roll of it.
*Make sure your traps are ready for the season.
*Learn animal sign.
*Carry everything you need to your set and nothing else, and also don't carry one thing then come back and grab another thing.
*There are better options than wire.
*Don't waste your sweet old time going on little adventures when your out trapping. You are there to trap, not walk 2 miles up a creek and 2 miles back.
*Get enough bait before the season. It is better to end the season with extra bait than to run out half-way through.
*Patch your waders and your gauntlets.
*Set every place you can. Don't be lazy and pass a place up because you do not want to carry extra gear.
*Make a list of stuff to buy at a trapping convention. Don't go in blind, it will overwhelm you.
*Have your vehicle organized a few days before season and double check it every day. Make sure everything has its place.
*Grind the burs off of your rebar stakes, they have the ability to go through your finger nails down to the bone.