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#6272806 - 07/04/18 06:51 PM mole plunger type traps
dustytinner Offline
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Registered: 08/02/13
Posts: 514
Loc: SE Minnesota
I've read some of the archives, do you guys have any tips to improve my use of them? It been a bad run for me with alot of traps set off and nothing in them. I just ordered some trapline mole traps and watched the videos. I think these will work better.
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#6272984 - 07/05/18 05:35 AM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
Bob Jameson Offline


Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3478
Loc: SW Pa
The spear type traps work well once you get on to how to set them. I learned to use a dandelion tool to pilot larger holes for the spears so they will penetrate the soil without restriction. Once you have set and positioned the trap I fire the trap and push the spear plate down as far as it will go.

Once the spear plate is down I run the dandelion tool down along side each spear enlarging the hole for the spears to follow easily when fired by the mole. I also learned to smear Vaseline on each spear to help them glide easier and faster thru the soil.

I used this system very successfully in my early years before the Trapline mole traps became available. Keep your points sharp. The older traps were stronger and had sharper needle type points. The newer model traps have a sheared angle point.

The dirt is always moving to some degree and you will find. You will need to check your traps on occasion particularly if they set for a period of time without firing. The pilot holes can close enough to cause sluggish firing due to this phenomenon.

The rest is selecting an active run and choosing the more shallow runs for the best results. You can dig a tunnel out and rebed the tunnel to establish a lower dirt depth in order to set your traps when you encounter such a situation. This works well also.

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#6273011 - 07/05/18 06:46 AM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
dustytinner Offline
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Registered: 08/02/13
Posts: 514
Loc: SE Minnesota
Thank you Bob,I also read your recommendation on your site for the trapline mole traps
I will do this thanks again.
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#6273023 - 07/05/18 06:59 AM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
traprjohn Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7555
Loc: Central NC
Like Bob, I pre-open the spear holes, but I use the actual spears, holding trap in place and releasing it several times.
Make sure to only close their tunnel bout 1/2 way, or they will go around
you want them to repair it, not abandon the tunnel
Set on straight runs, not curvy.....curvy is hunting, straight is the road to hunting grounds
do NOT engage the trigger/dog all the way, just 1/16"-1/8" engagement will do fine, making it trip easier/sooner, when tunnel is repaired
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#6273177 - 07/05/18 12:09 PM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
dustytinner Offline
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Registered: 08/02/13
Posts: 514
Loc: SE Minnesota
Thank you also traprjohn
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#6276115 - 07/10/18 06:04 AM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
Jonesie Offline
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Registered: 08/08/07
Posts: 925
Loc: Monroeville NJ
Like Bob stated getting the spears down through the mole is the key. I have seen first hand the trap going off the trap moving, then stop moving a few secs then stop moving pull the trap and the mole gone!!!!! the last time I observed this I dug the trap up fast to see the mole almost had dug down enough to pull off. Loose soil under trap. If I can get the spears to go through the mole and down into packed soil the mole can pull off before it dies.
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#6276165 - 07/10/18 07:43 AM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1108
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 74
One other thing on the spear type mole traps. If it is set off, do not just pull out of the ground. I have had several when I used them that were just speared through the skin and if I had pulled up the trap, I would have pulled the tine out of the mole skin and set him free. Dig around the tines before pulling out the trap.


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#6277858 - 07/12/18 05:37 PM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
dustytinner Offline
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Registered: 08/02/13
Posts: 514
Loc: SE Minnesota
Thanks for all the tips guys! I've got a few for the neighbor lady. I also just received some Albano mole traps. Funny how word of mouth spreads,another neighbor with moles! It's fun for my daughter and I. I've also taken care of some woodchucks for a farmer where I trap,while there I was told by another farmer I could trap pocket gophers and if I got the last one he'd give me a thousand dollars! (That was a good laugh)
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#6277868 - 07/12/18 05:51 PM Re: mole plunger type traps [Re: dustytinner]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 14601
Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
When using the spear type traps a place a dark colored bucket and a weight over the set, to keep dogs from sniffing around and digging, and to make sure no sunlight will be visible from underneath.
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