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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6509262
04/03/19 05:44 PM
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I used some #2 bridgers on rats one year. Held a mink just fine. You can move it to the field for coons, fox and coyote.

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6509361
04/03/19 08:17 PM
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I have been putting Wild River pans on about every close jawed trap I have, to make them better water traps.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: trapper les] #6509753
04/04/19 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by trapper les
I have been putting Wild River pans on about every close jawed trap I have, to make them better water traps.


I've put them on about all my 1 1/2's and #11's. An 11 with the Wild River pan is my favorite water trap and will hold about anything.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6509978
04/04/19 05:23 PM
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Who makes wild river pan ? Where can see online ?

Re: Best mink traps [Re: coonman220] #6510010
04/04/19 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by coonman220
Who makes wild river pan ? Where can see online ?

Google them. It's quick and easy.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510046
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A 1.5 coil is better than a no. 11 for mink, I would not be interested in 2 dbl , for practical trapping but I don't know lot, I use no. 11 on hard bed places mostly, on cement culverts , wired off to cement block, I used to have 2 victer coil square jaws , back 30 plus years ago for fox trapping, then got into 1.75, there to many coon around , to use 2 victer coils, Duke an BMI 1.5 coils is all I use for water trapping other than a few no.11 or 1 1/2 long springs with added chain for rats , I have a few sleepy creek 1.5 coils, not sure if considered a good trap ? Are Bridger in 1.5 coil a good coon or mink trap ? I google wild river trap pans, are they mostly for mink an not a good idea for coon? I thinking not good idea for coon

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510072
04/04/19 06:59 PM
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A great mink trap Has a LARGE pan and High Jaws. It has to be a compact trap so It's easy to place at the set.
You want high jaws so you get a high shoulder catch,. That way you can set any depth of water and not have to worry about losing that animal. If It doesn't drown It dies of stress, shock etc and It won't wring off.

I don't see where a #11 fits Into that category. It's true if you get that #11 on a critter It Isn't going to pull out. But If you don't drown that critter It could and will wring out.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510117
04/04/19 07:50 PM
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I put the Wild River pans on all my Duke 1 1/2s, and set for rats. But I also raked up some trash sets (fake little rat hut) with rat carcass buried and caught plenty of coon and mink in them too.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: trapper les] #6510241
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Trouble is there coon around an no .2 coil is not good for them, wouldn't it be bad for coon, a big pan, an get more toe catches?

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510263
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The Wild River pans don't cause any more toe catches on coon than a regular pan. I had the same concern before I installed them on all of my water traps. They worked just fine on coon and extra well on mink and rats.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: coonman220] #6510416
04/05/19 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by coonman220
Trouble is there coon around an no .2 coil is not good for them, wouldn't it be bad for coon, a big pan, an get more toe catches?


Definitely have more coon gnawing with the #2. Tradeoffs.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510426
04/05/19 07:12 AM
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I moved most of my bridger 1.75s to our water line the last couple years, and like the results. No problem holding big coon, set the pan tension and throw to very light and they grab mink that hit the pan, and we held front footed beaver and one odd coyote catch at pocket set in them.
A lot of #2 longs hit our water line too.
Most of my mink though have still came from blind #110 sets in trails and rat runs.
Jim


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510789
04/05/19 05:29 PM
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Here's my favorite mink trap to date. It's a Bridger #1 coilspring with a Duke #1 1/2 pan. Lightweight, tenacious, strong enough to hold a 'coon, and yet light enough a muskrat or mink can carry it down the drowner cable.

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I don't want a trap so big it grabs 'em by the shoulders and drowns 'em right there in front of the pocket or wherever. Running a 3-4 day check on all water sets, that mink or 'rat in a big trap will be setting there exposed to the predators for several days before I get to it. That's asking for trouble.

What I want is a trap that's light enough to be taken down the drowner cable. Period. I do run DJ #11s but when I get into 'rat country I go to the modified Bridger #1 CS. That #11 is too bulky for mink and 'rats to move too far.

Compare the stock Bridger #1, modified pan Bridger #1, and a stock Duke #1 1/2 CS.

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This is what works for me.

Re: Best mink traps [Re: The Beav] #6510817
04/05/19 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by The Beav
A great mink trap Has a LARGE pan and High Jaws. It has to be a compact trap so It's easy to place at the set.
You want high jaws so you get a high shoulder catch,. That way you can set any depth of water and not have to worry about losing that animal. If It doesn't drown It dies of stress, shock etc and It won't wring off.

I don't see where a #11 fits Into that category. It's true if you get that #11 on a critter It Isn't going to pull out. But If you don't drown that critter It could and will wring out.


I use 1.5 coils. #11s are heavy enough to drown any mink in six inches of water. They do catch high and have very little tension on the pan. A sleepy creek double jaw is a good example. If you know anything about setting a pocket for mink you could not make the statement you did about bedding them. LLL


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: LLtrapper] #6510823
04/05/19 06:15 PM
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LLtrapper wrote:
If you know anything about setting a pocket for mink you could not make the statement you did about bedding them. LLL


Can you explain what you mean please? Always learning. Thanks



Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510837
04/05/19 06:28 PM
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I'm not sure I understand that either. Bedding a trap no matter what type of trap It Is Is accomplished by the trapper. I can bed a #2 coil just as solid as a #11 It's all about technique.
And yes I will agree that a dbl Is a easy trap to bed but so are coils.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: The Beav] #6510867
04/05/19 06:58 PM
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The two most important things about a mink trap IMO are a decent sized pan and an VERY light pan tension. The rest of the preference is determined by conditions and other species that may be encountered like coon.

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: gdccowboy] #6510875
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But lets back up a bit the OP asked what Is the best MINK trap.

When I use to trap mink I wasn't to worried about catching any coon since I was running about 90% blind sets and with no bait or lure my coon catch was minimal. So the #2 coil was and still Is my go to mink trap. You have to remember back In the day you were averaging around $25.00 on mink you sure didn't want to deal with worthless coon.
I don't have the problems with eagle's and other predation Like the Muskrat does. So I never turn down sketchy set locations because of a lack of drowning water. If a mink or rat left sign I'm setting a trap.


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Re: Best mink traps [Re: The Beav] #6510884
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Mink only? #2 Victor square jaw with the jaw tips out, Wild River pan, and about 4 foot of chain with a grapple or weight.

The thing is trapping anything on drags, if animals pull out you run into a lot of lost traps. It ainít like pullouts on drowners or staked sets.

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Re: Best mink traps [Re: Mac] #6511717
04/06/19 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mac
LLtrapper wrote:
If you know anything about setting a pocket for mink you could not make the statement you did about bedding them. LLL


Can you explain what you mean please? Always learning. Thanks

The big pan is fine but is truly not as necessary as where the very tip of whatever trap you are using is in the right spot. You can wrap a #11 around the edge of the pocket and be right where it needs to be. I catch an overwhelming amount of mink by the left front foot when I put my pan of my 1.5 coil that way. LLL


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