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#469063 - 12/18/07 12:06 PM Winter Mink Trapping
270Jake Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 535
Loc: Michigan
What techniques do you guys use to continue catching mink during the winter months, especially with snow and ice? I am especially interested on how to employ foothold traps at this time. Thanks.

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#469148 - 12/18/07 01:12 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: 270Jake]
coonwild Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 652
Loc: southern ontario canada
you need to find moving water
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#469150 - 12/18/07 01:13 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: 270Jake]
DLM Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 660
Loc: Maine
I use both condi's and footholds in winter. Our snow is 99% of the time powder, so frozen in traps aren't much of a problem. Easiest place is at small culverts that the mink run through under roadways.
I build a funnel point in the culverts enterence with snow (I cut blocks of it with a canoe paddle). You can place a foothole there in the passage and use the paddle (or a snow spoon - an old trappers tool in northern regions)to sprinkle snow over the trap (the paddle or spoon keeps the snow from crusting/freezing).
With the condi's I use a 120 in the winter and set it in the passage, stack snow blocks on top of springs to hold trap in place firmly. I stick just a couple blades of grass in the trap so as to kind of hide the trigger wires.
Other than that look for areas where the mink are going under the ice to travel . Once streams freeze up, the water level drops and leaves space under the ice along the streams & small ponds. Mink will come out and go back in at different places along the shore. You can set those places - OR - chop through the ice and set traps under the ice in the air spaces. You have to know a stream well to know where the choke points are for that. Plug the hole with grass & cover with ample snow to keep things from freezing up to much under the ice.

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#469190 - 12/18/07 01:38 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: DLM]
LT GREY Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 16167
Loc: Central Ohio
Kill traps and 3/64 snares...loaded and swiveled!

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#469220 - 12/18/07 01:52 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: LT GREY]
Gary Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 12915
Loc: Indiana, 15 1/4yrs old
grey .... how bad are the mink pelts down graded due to snare marks on average ??
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#469581 - 12/18/07 05:19 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: Gary]
minnscott Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 2189
Loc: Minnesota
i like the ice shelf under another ice layer close to open water, like a bvr [Please excuse my language... I'm an idiot].
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#469754 - 12/18/07 06:39 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: minnscott]
canadian trapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/04/07
Posts: 256
Loc: Quebec, Canada
What do you guys do when theres three foot of snow and average daytime temperature is around 22. All the culverts are snowed in and most of the smaller bodies of water are gone frozen.

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#469777 - 12/18/07 06:49 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: canadian trapper]
ottertrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 779
Loc: Michigan, United States
 Originally Posted By: canadian trapper
What do you guys do when theres three foot of snow and average daytime temperature is around 22. All the culverts are snowed in and most of the smaller bodies of water are gone frozen.


Bottom edge mink sets with a 110 coni.

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#469793 - 12/18/07 06:56 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: canadian trapper]
GRIZ Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 580
Loc: Central MN
Use a coni with rotten fish. The set I use is a cross tween a box and a snow mound. Cattails and grass throw all over the mound. Now I only trap the bigger swamps so Most often I'll use a foot hold instead of coni as lots of canines will work the set also. When the setis done it'll look like a rut just made a push up.
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#469794 - 12/18/07 06:56 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: canadian trapper]
Ron Scheller Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/19/07
Posts: 1078
Loc: Mt. Olive, IL
 Originally Posted By: canadian trapper
What do you guys do when theres three foot of snow and average daytime temperature is around 22. All the culverts are snowed in and most of the smaller bodies of water are gone frozen.


Get the heck out of Canada \:\)
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#470008 - 12/18/07 08:11 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: Ron Scheller]
Hags Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 952
Loc: Southern, MI ... 36
Rotten fish for mink??? Never heard that before???
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#471164 - 12/19/07 01:42 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: Hags]
climber2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 220
Loc: northern wisconsin
will a larger coni help success...150,160?
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#471214 - 12/19/07 02:36 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: climber2]
tecks Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 377
Loc: Pa
Ive always heard that you should use fresh meat for mink,never rotten or tainted. You catch any on the rotten fish?

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#471380 - 12/19/07 04:26 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: tecks]
mainecoydog Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/13/07
Posts: 466
Loc: Maine....32 yrs old
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#471388 - 12/19/07 04:32 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: mainecoydog]
Chisholm Trapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1974
Loc: On. Canada
God Bless Our froze up Country!!!!
i try to get the mink b4 it freezes up to bad then just focus on k9 snares and beaver snaring under the ice!

Luke
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#472032 - 12/19/07 08:57 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: Chisholm Trapper]
minnow Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 214
Loc: West Des Moines, Iowa
270jake,

Do you see tracks? If so follow them after a fresh snowfall & set at the Minks den. Sometimes you have to go right to the source. All above info as well, Bottom edge, blind, snow pockets & moving water areas all need to be use where you can.

Most of my Mink trapping is done this time of year, some times starting my mink trapping after Christmas even.

Keep in mind Mink are hungry all the time.

Look for creeks where they start. Its a good place to find open water.

One year I chipped threw 6" of ice to put in a 100 bottom edge sets. Hard work but it was what I did to keep my Mink line going.

Great luck,
Minnow

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#472266 - 12/19/07 11:12 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: minnow]
skunker101 Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 791
Loc: SE Minnesota
i use some of the old pockets that i dug in the early season that i pulled out of for whatever reason, these and blind sets. sometimes its hard to bed traps at the pockets so i use lots of blind sets.

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#472306 - 12/19/07 11:49 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: skunker101]
Dan Allen Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1366
Loc: Sykesville, PA
I've had a mink pull a rotting fish head out of a pocket set for coon a time or two. They eat it if the'yre hungry enough. I wouldn't use it all the time tho. Dan
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#475937 - 12/21/07 08:31 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: mainecoydog]
climber2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 220
Loc: northern wisconsin
worked for me today. Easily seen trail by steep bank on a lake. He checked a cubby set front and back, jumped through a blind set 150 coni and then I got him in a blind 110. He gave some education to me before giving up the ghost!
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#476080 - 12/21/07 10:05 PM Re: Winter Mink Trapping [Re: climber2]
esfsyr Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 115
Loc: Western NY
How can I mount 110s in a culvert? Also, should I have one guarding each side on both ends (4 traps)?

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