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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6941872
07/25/20 12:20 AM
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Gas/fuel is probably the biggest expense of running a trap line. I went from using my old Dodge truck (16 mpg) to my (don't laugh) Ford Focus wagon (34 mpg) . Cut my fuel cost in half, plus plenty of room in the back for critters and gear.

Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6942317
07/25/20 01:24 PM
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Buy bait solutions and mix in your own meat instead of buying commercial bait. For the price of a pint you can make a gallon.


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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6943502
07/26/20 02:14 PM
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Stop buying crap you don't need so you don't have to skimp on things you need for your life interests.

Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6943833
07/26/20 08:06 PM
07/26/20 08:06 PM
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I make my own waxed dirt. Buy cheap .22 shells. Park and walk in when i can. Make my own coon bait. Sometime just take a step back before buying something and decide if you really need it. Rebar stakes may be very heavy to carry far but they last a long time and are easy to retrieve even in Rock hard frozen ground.
Super stakes are over a buck a piece plus cost of cable or chain and attachments. You can buy 10' lengths of 1/2" rebar for a few bucks, cut it to 20" lengths with a hack saw or Sawzall, and hammer on a right sized nut for a few more cents and viola you have a few stakes that will last forever.
Walnut hulls or hardwood bark is free and makes a good boil dye for traps.
I save old coats and use em for trapping, same with gloves, hats, you name it.
Just get creative.being frugal isn't hard but its more of a mindset and after awhile you fund all kinds of ways to cut costs.
Jim

Last edited by jabNE; 07/26/20 08:08 PM.

Money cannot buy you happiness, but it can buy you a trapping license and that's pretty close.
Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6943997
07/26/20 11:27 PM
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Cut up my old t shirts from work with a round(pizza cutter looking)wheel used for quilting. Makes short work out of them and I have a bucket full of rags


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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6944301
07/27/20 11:38 AM
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Stop Trapping is the biggest one........

Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6944353
07/27/20 12:41 PM
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Get better at trapping lol. That is about the best advice you might get. A good trapper can set two traps that produce and check them efficiently where a trapper of lesser skill may need to set 4 times the traps to keep the catch ratios the same. This increases costs from all sides. One set in the right location that produces one catch in one night is way more efficient than a dozen that produces two catches overnight.


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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6944362
07/27/20 12:52 PM
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Southern Minnesota
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great stuff guys! very informative!


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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6944503
07/27/20 03:47 PM
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I use a lot of free things like wood stakes- I cut them now and season them for fall. I use scrap for stakes and drags. A garage up the road gives me old brake rotors for weights for coon. Catch fish for bait or make your own. All of this takes time- if you don't have to time you may want to put a price on your time and see which costs less.


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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6945495
07/28/20 03:32 PM
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Buy the best equipment you can afford. It’s kinda like the old saying “If you think a good carpenter is expensive, just wait till you hire a bad one” Buy once, cry once.

Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6946075
07/29/20 06:47 AM
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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.

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Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: Outdoors Guy] #6946981
07/29/20 08:08 PM
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Buy once cry once is probably the biggest money saver. Reuse snare components. Look after your gear.

Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: kyron4] #6947030
07/29/20 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by kyron4
Gas/fuel is probably the biggest expense of running a trap line. I went from using my old Dodge truck (16 mpg) to my (don't laugh) Ford Focus wagon (34 mpg) . Cut my fuel cost in half, plus plenty of room in the back for critters and gear.

During the height of the pandemic when gas prices fell...filled up 15 drums of premium gas for the fall season. Was at 1970 prices back then.

That bicycle use remind me of a 80 year old trapper who use to take 100 coyotes a year on his bicycle when he did 20 mile loop each and every day. In his pocket was a skinning knife and two baskets on his bike. What you can see on a bike is miles ahead than in a car/truck. He trapped till 93 and went into the folks home till 103. But still ran a line around the home. Gota love rural senior homes.....if it was not for a # 3 going off on his hand and a blood clot, who knows how long he would have lived.

Re: Ways of Cutting Costs [Re: KJD357] #6948045
07/30/20 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by KJD357
Buy the best equipment you can afford. It’s kinda like the old saying “If you think a good carpenter is expensive, just wait till you hire a bad one” Buy once, cry once.

Helping my cousin with his carpentry business really shows just how true this is.

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