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#420780 - 11/19/07 07:53 PM Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S
cj's trapping Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
I've seen numerous posts and questions on here over the last couple of years on how to catch muskrats along ponds, streams, marshes, ditches, wetlands.....you name it. The easiest, no frill, no bait, no nothing, is sign trapping. Make a fake "mud slide" along the bank, ditch, muskrat hut (cabin)...anywhere, and place a #1 or 1 1/2 at the base. Stake the trap out a bit to deeper water, and you will catch them. They see and smell that fresh mud, and BAM, they are yours to harvest.

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#420791 - 11/19/07 07:55 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
thekentuckian Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 76
Loc: hopkins co. Ky
do you have a problem with beaver seeing the slide and messing up your set
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24 beaver
11 coons
3 otter
13 muskrats
1 bobcats
2 opossums
3 yotes
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#420804 - 11/19/07 08:00 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: thekentuckian]
cj's trapping Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
 Originally Posted By: thekentuckian
do you have a problem with beaver seeing the slide and messing up your set



No beaver here
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#420840 - 11/19/07 08:15 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
suredve Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1292
Loc: mn
how close can you put each set from each other?

i have a pond i just found with lots of chewed up cattails, and wore down shore line.

will 110s work?

what if the bottoms not solid enough for a disposable stake?

should i try driving in a wooden stake?
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#420881 - 11/19/07 08:28 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: suredve]
cj's trapping Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
 Originally Posted By: suredve
how close can you put each set from each other?

i have a pond i just found with lots of chewed up cattails, and wore down shore line.

will 110s work?

what if the bottoms not solid enough for a disposable stake?

should i try driving in a wooden stake?



Skip the 110's.


You can make these sign sets as close as you want.

Don't mess with disposable stakes. Use long (6'-8') pieces of willow or similar stakes. You want soft mud.
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#420891 - 11/19/07 08:31 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
suredve Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1292
Loc: mn
how big in diameter for those willows?

fresh willow?
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#420894 - 11/19/07 08:32 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: suredve]
suredve Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1292
Loc: mn
circumfrance or whatever
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#420908 - 11/19/07 08:36 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: suredve]
cj's trapping Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
1 to 2"
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#420910 - 11/19/07 08:37 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
illinitrapper Offline
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Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 413
Loc: Malden, Illinois
So this set really works? Is it a sure thing or a long shot I mean obviously it connected at least once for you lol
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#420918 - 11/19/07 08:40 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: illinitrapper]
suredve Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1292
Loc: mn
think i'll go talk to mr beav. lol
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#420934 - 11/19/07 08:45 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: illinitrapper]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
 Originally Posted By: illinitrapper15
So this set really works? Is it a sure thing or a long shot I mean obviously it connected at least once for you lol



I've caught over a thousand rats in a week using this specific set marsh trapping, as well as other trappers in NW Ohio.
It is the staple of rat trapping large marshes.
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#420940 - 11/19/07 08:47 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
illinitrapper Offline
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Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 413
Loc: Malden, Illinois
Wow!!! Good enough for me lol I will have to give it a try so how does it hold up if you dont know if there are rats in the area is it a good way to find out if they are there or do you have to know there is a stable population to work?
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#420943 - 11/19/07 08:48 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
Happy Birthday huskershane Offline
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Registered: 01/07/07
Posts: 17
Loc: platte river, columbus,ne
suredve,
this is what is working for my girls and i so far. my daughter thought of this invention! we use wooden lats from the lumber yard. they are about 4-5' long and fit perfect in a ring. push in the mud and you are set. the stake works as a drowner stick also. the lats look just like a cattail at night though, so we put reflective tape on the lat and is easy to find! try it with 110's also, works great as a stabilizer.

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#420959 - 11/19/07 08:55 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: huskershane]
suredve Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1292
Loc: mn
ive used wooden lats on the 110s from old snow fence, but not for the legholds.
ive got some leg rap tape from tractor supply. works pretty well
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#420964 - 11/19/07 08:56 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: huskershane]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
Results from the top pic. Sign trapping.




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#420967 - 11/19/07 08:57 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
illinitrapper Offline
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Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 413
Loc: Malden, Illinois
Ok I do think I will give it a shot
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#420975 - 11/19/07 09:01 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: illinitrapper]
snowman Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3290
Loc: Michigan
could you dig your own "ledge" and just transplant that mud?

I ask because the area where I trap has a QUICK dropoff, and there is no place to bed a trap, but if I dug my own ledge and used the mud to make a slide, it would work.

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#420981 - 11/19/07 09:03 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: snowman]
cj's trapping Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2135
Loc: NW Ohio
 Originally Posted By: snowman
could you dig your own "ledge" and just transplant that mud?

I ask because the area where I trap has a QUICK dropoff, and there is no place to bed a trap, but if I dug my own ledge and used the mud to make a slide, it would work.


Exactly
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#420989 - 11/19/07 09:05 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: snowman]
suredve Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1292
Loc: mn
nice pics cj looks great.
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#420993 - 11/19/07 09:06 PM Re: Sign trapping muskrats....EASY PICKING'S [Re: cj's trapping]
snowman Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3290
Loc: Michigan
ahh, a method to trap the dikes that doesn't involve finding the den entrances...i like it, i'll use it in a week and report back \:\)

lol

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