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MI (public land) trappers #7378189
10/13/21 11:16 AM
10/13/21 11:16 AM
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Hiawatha Forrest, U.P. Michiga...
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During the 10 day period of rifle season when you can't drive down 2 tracks (that are not open to vehicle traffic), before 10:00am and after 2:00pm do you pull your traps or set them off. I know last year I had a heck of a time running my line, in the 4 hours allowed. Even tho I set it up so I would run my land line one day and my water line the next.

Don't know how you guys in the LP, can do it on a 24 hour check, and running a combination line.


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378265
10/13/21 12:59 PM
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When I ran combo lines I always pulled everything 11/14 and reset 12/1 regardless of State or private ground. Too many prying eyes, sticky fingers, & loose lips. I do the same with my coyote lines as well.

Last edited by Seldom; 10/13/21 01:00 PM.

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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378279
10/13/21 01:29 PM
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Its not worth doing any trapping at that time.Michigan sells between 500,000 and 700,000+ deer licenses every year.It does get livable the 2nd week of season,at least in my neck of the woods here.But I still don't think its worth it.I've seen comments from guys in other states that say the heck with the hunters,they're trapping anyway.They're not trapping in a state like Michigan.


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378305
10/13/21 02:06 PM
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I believe that is what I'm going to do this season, I know last year I got tired of waiting at the end of a road until 10:00, before I would go down the 2 track. It was a real pain in the backside, especially when I had to walk back a great distance to check my water line.

Just scouting in the last couple of weeks, I've never seen so many deer stands, so far back in the woods as I have this year.


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A great husband, a good trapper, and a great steward of the land.
Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378319
10/13/21 02:40 PM
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I use to Run traps at night when I was running during gun season.

Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378348
10/13/21 03:28 PM
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You didn't say whether they were predator or water traps,no way would I let anything caught set out all day and try to collect them at night


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378354
10/13/21 03:37 PM
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Houghton Lake, MI
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I am in the lower and I run just like any other day. I believe the law reads no orvs during those hours. Don't matter much anyway because everyone from down here is going up to you for rifle season because we can't bait and we don't have as many casinos.


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378538
10/13/21 07:36 PM
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Agreed with what was said above, I would not have a trap on public property during regular fireman deer season in Michigan. I will reset traps on private property after the first week of the season depending on how much hunting is going on that specific property.


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378737
10/14/21 05:30 AM
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I trap around Seney. I don’t trap on public land during gun season. Too many people in the woods.


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Buck (Zandra)] #7378859
10/14/21 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Buck (Zandra)
You didn't say whether they were predator or water traps,no way would I let anything caught set out all day and try to collect them at night


I ran water traps.

Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378863
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run long slide cable and slide them into cover and hide them. that's what I am doing this year on state land that and drags.

Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378869
10/14/21 08:45 AM
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I have no idea where in Michigan you are,in relation to how many deer hunters you have per square mile,but if its anything like around here,drags aren't going to save ya


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Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Buck (Zandra)] #7378881
10/14/21 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Buck (Zandra)
I have no idea where in Michigan you are,in relation to how many deer hunters you have per square mile,but if its anything like around here,drags aren't going to save ya


I do plan on pulling before the gun opener. how is the coyote population in the UP? I was up there 3 or 4 years ago trapping I saw more wolf sign than coyote.

Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7378934
10/14/21 10:26 AM
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This isn't about hiding your catch, or using drags. This is about having 4 hrs per day to run your line. for over 10 days, if you are running a line that you use non-vehicle approved 2 tracks. In one area it takes me longer than 4 hours just to walk around the ponds, checking water traps.

Guess it makes no different, I'm pulling on the 14th anyway and will reset.

D550, lots of wolves, sometime surprised we have yotes.


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A great husband, a good trapper, and a great steward of the land.
Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7379335
10/14/21 08:59 PM
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What is the 10 day period your speaking of ? I've lived in the U.P. for better than 50 years of my life, gun deer season has always been 16 days long (15th thru the 30th ). Then there is muzzle loading gun deer that follows shortly after. Most just get on with trapping, don't sweat the details, work with what you've got!

Re: MI (public land) trappers [Re: Spade] #7379631
10/15/21 08:50 AM
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My apology Mr. Garant, I should have been more specific, from Nov 15th to Nov 30th, rifle season.


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