Thought i would "rise" this topic again for convenience so i wont have to make a new topic.
Ok, so my new questions are related to the previous questions i had. Does anyone have any idea on why my marten make refusals on my sets. My refusals are all the same, the marten run right past my sets/boxes. Start of the season looked promising, i got my season started early december, gaught a weasel, then a week later another weasel, i was excited. Then last week of december i went and had my first marten, a really big one. At first i thought my trap was stolen because i couldnt see the trap. I went closer and saw something brown and couldnt believe it. It had fallen with the trap almost to the bottom but hung from the chain. So i lifted it up from the box and i cursed, it was eaten, back leg missing other back leg eaten but the paw, only the spine left with some fur and the front untouched with the head and front paws. I got really depressed and thought well what can i do, so i went on, had three more boxes to check. At the final box i saw a big hole next to my skidoo track like something had dived in the snow, then i saw tracks about ten meters further and they circled to where my box was. I got excited again and went to my box and there was another marten, intact, perfect. After this i caught in january another weasel and another marten.
Then it stopped like hitting a wall. When before there were tracks everywhere like marten heaven, now almost 200km with my snowmachine and only 4 different marten, this is during a period of two days. Lots of weasel tracks and oddly lots of otter which is protected by law in my country and not allowed to be killed. Anyways the marten and weasel i see they now only run like 2 meters behind or even under my sets and ignore them. I suspected it would be because there are mice etc to hunt but early season the ground froze rock solid and i said to my friends this winter they wont have much mice to eat. Ive been reading all topics and forums and cant seem to find an explanation. Any thoughts on this?
A friend of mine said january to mid march its going to be tough to trap a marten, he didnt know why, he only said the next time ill catch a marten will be mid march. Also i was wondering where the heck did all the marten go. First tracks enough i could count almost endlessly and now i can count them with one hand fingers. There was an article here on a hunter magazine in which a man who had trapped and shot (with the help of a dog) almost a thousand marten in his lifetime. He said that the female marten spend most of their time in trees hopping from tree to another and not committing to ground level, they are the hardest to hunt with a dog. The male marten are bigger so he claimed they spend more time on the ground. He also said the biggest marten are found in lapland(where i live) in our country. And he also claimed he has noticed marten behavior changed during the years, usually you expect to find them in old forests but nowadays they spend a lot of time in young stands made by modern forestry.
Ive tried all kinds of bait, and noticed the best propably is fish, and reindeer or moose lungs. They also like bird parts. Anyways its starting to get to my nerves when i see a marten track just by my set or under it and not committing to them. I find it hard to believe they refuse to climb since it is a climbing creature. Also all the weasel and marten ive caught so far have climbed in my sets. My sets need to be elevated otherwise mice will chew them or the foxes get to them, we have a lot of foxes a real nuisance of amount.