| The Pocket set is a hole dug back into the
bank a foot or more deep and three to eight inches wide and high.
The hole is dug so that there is an inch or two of water in the hole.
At the rear of the hole, there is a shelf that is out of the water.
This shelf is used for placing bait or lure on. The trap of choice
used at this set is usually a foothold trap set up so the animal drowns
quickly once caught.
Drawings courtesy of James Grant Krause
Animals normally used for:
Mink - This set works very good for catching mink.
The mink will usually investigate any hole it sees whether there is bait
or lure in it or not, but baits increase your chances of catching them
in pocket sets. Baits for mink are fresh muskrat, fish, shrimp, rabbit
and beaver (don't be afraid to use large pieces of bait because this will
give off more odor than the smaller pieces and will help compensate for
the mink's somewhat poor sense of smell.) A light pan tension
on the trap is needed for these light-footed critters.