don't forget to save all your reusable snare parts after a catch. Locks, washers, swivels, whammy, whatever. Make new snares with cable bulk purchased and ferrules. Saves money instead of buying premade snares.
A box of canning salt, a bucket, and a couple cubed up carp or other strong oily fish and you have a salted bait that is well preserved and will catch anything from coon to mink to coyotes. Catch fish in off-season.
Trap wax is kind of expensive so is wax flakes for waxed dirt.
Go online and get the hobby lobby 40% off coupon for one purchase. Go buy a couple 10 pound blocks of pure paraffin unscented candle wax. Bust it up in chunks to melt in pot for waxing traps. If you want fine flake wax for waxing dirt use a block plane on the 10 pound block of wax and over a plastic tote shave it into fine curls while watching TV or listening to radio. This was a big $saver for me last few years and a tip I picked up here on trapperman forum.
Take a five gallon bucket, bolt an old carpenters apron to outside and viola a cool trapping bucket with plenty of pockets for bait, lure, tools, wire, whatever.
Most of us on here could go on and on and on with ways to pinch pennies on the trap line. Some of it don't skimp on though. A good pair of socks and winter boots is something I no longer cut corners on, for example.
Last edited by jabNE; 07/29/20 06:49 AM.