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Best mink traps #6506016
03/30/19 08:57 PM
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My 7 year old daughter has her heart set on catching mink next season so I plan on giving it a shot I have some 110s but figured I better get some foot holds I was thinking Bridget number 11s but was hoping for some pointers from some more experienced trappers

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506044
03/30/19 09:13 PM
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1 1/2 coil is the mink trap of choice. Heavy enough to drown mink easily, but they drown pretty easy anyway. ANd can also be used on fox. Dukes are cheap and hold very well, but I sure love my bridger 1.5's.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506067
03/30/19 09:29 PM
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hard to beat a 1 1/2 longspring for mink but unless on a drowning setup not great for coon most including me use 1 1/2 coils for Deans reasons


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506070
03/30/19 09:32 PM
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I am of the mind that the Bridger #1.5 coil is about as good as it gets for rats and mink.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506076
03/30/19 09:37 PM
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My mink trap of choice is the 1.5 Longspring. Maybe because thatís what I started with? I do have some coils but my longs definitely get set first. Fall of 2018 I caught a nice male red fox in one of 1.5 longspring mink sets.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: trapperkeck] #6506081
03/30/19 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by trapperkeck
I am of the mind that the Bridger #1.5 coil is about as good as it gets for rats and mink.


Same here,love the semi-flopper pan. I was going to try some of the MB 450 fox springs on mine to see if it would lighten up the tension a tad.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: Mr. Ed] #6506091
03/30/19 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Ed
Originally Posted by trapperkeck
I am of the mind that the Bridger #1.5 coil is about as good as it gets for rats and mink.


Same here,love the semi-flopper pan. I was going to try some of the MB 450 fox springs on mine to see if it would lighten up the tension a tad.


I have some wild river pans on my bridger 1.5s bigger heavier and you have to tighten them a little to keep them set


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506099
03/30/19 09:56 PM
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Duke 1 1/2 coil with a Wild River pan.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: Computer Hater] #6506101
03/30/19 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Computer Hater
Duke 1 1/2 coil with a Wild River pan.

Me too, and I have a few Bridgers 1 1/2s, and I like them too, but ever once in a while, a coon might get out of the Bridger. I am not sure why. The Duke holds them.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506105
03/30/19 10:00 PM
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is that in water les


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506115
03/30/19 10:08 PM
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yes, might be the sharper jaw. I'm not a coon trapper.

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: trapper les] #6506130
03/30/19 10:22 PM
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The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506131
03/30/19 10:23 PM
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don't want to steal the mink post but might help them too ive used them for years on dryland coon with no issues and held coyotes but have heard that from water trappers and believe mtp made modifications to address it just cant figure why


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: Zim] #6506137
03/30/19 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Zim
The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim

Yes they are, and I have a few of them too. I have streamlined to the point of just one trap in the boat with fiberglass rods for stakes. The Duke is nice and light and I can get a lot of them in the boat.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506143
03/30/19 10:33 PM
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Aftah freeze up..I use a mink boxes guarded by a 110 with a wooden pan.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506247
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120 waxed.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506264
03/31/19 02:44 AM
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#2 double long springs are my top choice if setting footholds strictly for mink. Nice and heavy, good high grip and the bed very solid.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506268
03/31/19 04:38 AM
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X2 on what Zim said!!! The old Victor #2 s.j. catch mink (and rats) more on the body. My first choice. Drown mink well. 110 Victor/duke are a must for a LOT of my mink sets!!! I also have used #1 1/2 coil spring (Victor, Blake& Lamb) and # 1 1/2 long spring ( Victor and B & L) with great success. I have used the # 1 l.s. (Victor and B & L) with success, but the bigger traps have more weight, so I went to them years ago. My go to trap for shallow water is the Blake and Lamb #1 Sure-Hold (I don't use the "delay pin". I take them off). For a "little" trap they are quite strong. IMO (They have held some very large coon and the stop loss arm keeps the coon in check) For some reason I just love this trap! A whole lot!!!

God bless and happy trails. Swampfox

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506296
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My Top 3 Best Mink Traps

#1-#2 Victor Square Jaw

#2-#1.5 Duke Coilspring

#3-#110 Duke Conibear

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6506307
03/31/19 07:34 AM
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Coilspring is definitely the trap of choice for mink trappers. Lots of old time mink trappers like the #2 because it so often get's both front feet and it takes the mink down underwater so quickly. They hardly go anywhere. I have caught a lot of mink in #110s too, they are great for trails along creek banks, slip banks, underwater edges, etc.

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