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#3685943 - 03/06/13 05:56 PM what do your pocket sets look like?
ruger10/22 Offline
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Registered: 11/07/12
Posts: 84
Loc: iowa, SE
i have heard many different ways lets see what your pocket sets look like what is the best of the best?

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#3686328 - 03/06/13 07:46 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
boots204 Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 0
Loc: Central Michigan
After watching a few videos and reading some books I see a lot of holes that are about 7 to 8 inches wide, I personally have never made a hole that big mine are usually 4 to 5 inches wide just big enough
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#3686393 - 03/06/13 08:07 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: boots204]
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Registered: 12/22/06
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Loc: Lebanon, WI

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#3686403 - 03/06/13 08:09 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
Ice_Rat Offline
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Registered: 12/05/12
Posts: 1668
Loc: WI
No certain size, if im satisfied i set the trap. Needs to have some eye appeal from a distance though.

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#3686454 - 03/06/13 08:25 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
waggler Offline
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 2038
Loc: Alaska and Washington State
The first two pictures are of the same set. It is just at the high tide line. The third picture is a foot or two below the high tide mark. I use either herring or salmon heads for bait. I find where there is a seep and scuff a little puddle with my boot; the seeping water has enough flow to keep it from freezing up. I use either a naturally occurring hole for my pocket or build one with a few flat rocks.



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#3686461 - 03/06/13 08:27 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
Ice_Rat Offline
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Registered: 12/05/12
Posts: 1668
Loc: WI
Did ya know theres something in there? Lol

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#3686538 - 03/06/13 09:04 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
johnsd16 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2056
Loc: MN-33
I like my pocket to be just wide enough to put a 1.5 cs in the actual pocket. I like the pan to line up with the lip of the pocket, or maybe the whole pan just inside the pocket. I probably miss some coon this way but feel like I get enough and most if not all the mink. I use no pan tension and catch most mink by the front foot, some by a back foot. The back foot mink are probably in the pocket, past the trap, working on the bait on the nail and plant a back foot on the pan Never back footed a coon with this setup, and get most mid pad on a front foot. I pin my fish in the back of the pocket, which is usually 6-12" deep. I run a jaw guard on one side of the pocket, more rarely to the channel side of the trap. Basically set it up so a mink entering the pocket HAS to go over the pan to get in.


The high pockt like Randy is better for coon and will take mink as well, but is prone to miss some mink IMO.

This is a remake but gives an idea of trap placement. That stick poking out is just a little root and is not serving any guiding purpose.


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#3686828 - 03/06/13 11:07 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
Otter04 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2463
Loc: Westerlo, New York


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#3686845 - 03/06/13 11:19 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
robmelton Offline
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Registered: 02/10/07
Posts: 287
Loc: dow city, ia
i dont believe what i am seeing with all the exposed chains!!!! just my obsevation.

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#3687111 - 03/07/13 07:43 AM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: robmelton]
johnsd16 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2056
Loc: MN-33
Originally Posted By: robmelton
i dont believe what i am seeing with all the exposed chains!!!! just my obsevation.


Why? I have never had a trap pulled and flipped, ever.
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#3687497 - 03/07/13 11:38 AM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
michael_obrien Offline
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Registered: 04/23/12
Posts: 21
Loc: mn
mine look pretty much like johnsd16's, but I would have removed that stick. otters will miss some mink with that rock on the right, in my mind. it is a natural crawling spot for them to get over the trap. it isn't that they are trapshy, it is just their nature to be huggers. also, his pocket is so high that it will allow many big buck mink to get 1/2 way in by jumping over the trap with their front feet, and the back feet will stop just shy of the trap. with a lower ceiling it will help to limit this.
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#3688966 - 03/07/13 10:48 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
Otter04 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2463
Loc: Westerlo, New York
them chains dont mean anything. they cant see them and if they did they dont go oh my a trap chain lol mink and rats r not trap shy.

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#3688982 - 03/07/13 11:02 PM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
robmelton Offline
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Registered: 02/10/07
Posts: 287
Loc: dow city, ia
i guess im not setting for rats or mink. if i pick one up its fine but a coon will pull that trap out if it feels the chain in my experience.

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#3689128 - 03/08/13 04:58 AM Re: what do your pocket sets look like? [Re: ruger10/22]
garys Offline
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Registered: 01/21/12
Posts: 141
Loc: Doniphan, MO
All of my pockets have the trap chain just laid out like all of those pictured. I never had a trap pulled out by the chain. I twist my trap down in the mud so it is stable but I don't worry about the chain.
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