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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3911293
07/27/13 01:29 AM
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Dang White, thats some creative saw work on that log. You oughta be one of them chainsaw carvers. I like that set. Nice work. Can't trap wolverines here but I'm thinkin a cat might just fall for it. Gonna have to try it just to see if I can build one now. Could even modify it and put it to work as a little bear bait "barrel". hmmmmm got me thinkin. thanks for the pic

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3911498
07/27/13 10:00 AM
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Full disclosure..........I didn't make the set in that picture. I grabbed it from someone many years ago.


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3911662
07/27/13 12:20 PM
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White - any thoughts on best bait? I've discovered a trick while filming them.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3911673
07/27/13 12:31 PM
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Well my go-to is beaver but I have had good luck with really, really rotten meat scraps. Stuff so bad that I've almost resorted to smearing toothpaste on my upper lip while handling it.

I know they will investigate every beaver house in the area and they seem to know where every porky den is. Each one that comes through will check out each porky hole in the country.

If I encounter one that is of the super wary variety, that is really hesitant to commit to working a set, a piece of beaver with patches of hide attached seems to make a difference.


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3911972
07/27/13 04:30 PM
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I tried porky on the "canopener" when he was giving me fits years ago and it was a no go. Loved them for coyote bait in Montana.

You have our interest peaked Bushman.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913195
07/28/13 11:32 AM
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Beaver tails. I nail them to trees as well as have full beaver carcass hanging and my cameras shows the wolverine always goes for the tail first. I figure the tails have to have the most fat in them and calories.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913205
07/28/13 11:37 AM
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Actually that's the part that I use the most. Not just the tail but the rear 1/4 of the beaver with the tail attached. I also wonder if there is more scent on the tail due to proximity of the castor ??


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913237
07/28/13 11:52 AM
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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913241
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Castor hmmm, I bet it does help pull them in.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913269
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Great picture. I can almost hear the gristle popping in that tail


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913386
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Wow do I feel stupid. ;0) Interesting observation Bushman. Been a lot of tails never made it to a set on my watch. Just didn't look appetizing enough. ;0)

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913643
07/28/13 04:05 PM
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FT not just for wolverine if you think about it they are all fat so loaded with the calories critters need. I will chop a tail into 3rds for marten bait and they work just fine. When using full carcasses on bait piles the tail will often be eaten first if it isn't the part tied down


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913680
07/28/13 04:32 PM
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Stands to reason, roasted beaver tail is pretty good stuff!


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913682
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They work well on marten and they are tough. The birds can work them and not do much damage. I have nailed them right to a tree trunk or leaning pole. Lasts a long time.


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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3913733
07/28/13 05:06 PM
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Same goes with the feet. They always went into the discard bag. I have skinned a number of them with the tail on but it is an old habit of cutting them off that is hard to break. Good reason to now. Proof is in the photo!!.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3914817
07/29/13 09:59 AM
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Pete - a buddy set a trail cam at a body grip. A wolverine got caught and even though death was quick its immediate reaction was to roll over and over until expiry. Makes a good case for swivels. I also think an elevated horizontal log snare set for wolverines works pretty good. The one where log is 8 feet high, two snares on each end of a ten foot log. A couple logs leaning on each end for gulo access. Beaver hanging down from middle of log, too high for access from ground. Snares are long enough that when wolverine jumps off log it's left hanging suspended where it can't get feet on ground or scramble back up on log. Someone posted a pic of a wolverine double at one of these sets a long while back.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3915262
07/29/13 02:22 PM
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Brian,

I agree that a combination of multiple swivels and a setup that keeps the animal with its feet off the ground is the best bet for a snare set.

That said, I have never spent much time trying to snare them when other more dependable methods were available. I only would go to snares when one had wised-up to other steel. Frankly I was always afraid that I would not get the loop right behind the ears and the beast would chew through the cable. In my experience, if that loop is just an inch further back, it puts it up onto those famous neck muscles and prolongs the process, giving the gulo a much better chance to prove he is tough!

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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3915414
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A lot of trappers here lose lynx snares to wolverine More than one gulo is caught still wearing those light snares. I don't think there is much effort made to snare them here, a body grip is usually lethal and with no drama, not like that Yukon man style.

Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3915739
07/29/13 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted By: Bushman
A lot of trappers here lose lynx snares to wolverine More than one gulo is caught still wearing those light snares. I don't think there is much effort made to snare them here, a body grip is usually lethal and with no drama, not like that Yukon man style.


Come to think of it, I've never tried to beat one to death with a spruce pole either.....! wink

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Re: Wolverine trapping [Re: Bushman] #3915805
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I have snared a lot of them.....some years as many as 7 or 8. The majority have been caught in snares on a horizontal pole. Never used swivels of any kind and Ive never lost one caught in that set. I have seen two caught right behind the head with a 330 that were still alive....I chased one for 2 miles........Set properly I feel snares are the only way to go......more than once I have caught 2 at the same set.


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