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Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7780542
01/23/23 06:22 PM
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Here's a tip that works for me on eyes. Instead of slicing down towards the nose. I flip the knife over, pull the skin down (or out) and poke the knife into "the eye" (I don't actually puncture the eye ball) and make swipe towards the butt. That opens the skin so then you can flip the knife back over and slice towards the nose. Hope that's clear as mud! Lol


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Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7780800
01/23/23 11:42 PM
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Love those serrated pelters for rats! Hope you get some more to try it on.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: 20scout] #7780810
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Originally Posted by 20scout
Your rats are looking better all the time and shows your learning fast! Keep up the good work!


Yes they are, I think the eye was only messed up because I'm not used to the serrated pelter yet. Will be skinning them quite fast by the end of this spring.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: Bison88] #7780811
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Originally Posted by Bison88
Love those serrated pelters for rats! Hope you get some more to try it on.


Going to hopefully set a new spot with no trapping pressure on Wednesday. Going to pull these 7 sets tomorrow.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: Yukon John] #7780812
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Originally Posted by Yukon John
Here's a tip that works for me on eyes. Instead of slicing down towards the nose. I flip the knife over, pull the skin down (or out) and poke the knife into "the eye" (I don't actually puncture the eye ball) and make swipe towards the butt. That opens the skin so then you can flip the knife back over and slice towards the nose. Hope that's clear as mud! Lol


Ok, I usually don't mess them up but this new serrated pelter has a really thin handle and I'm not really used to it yet.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7781246
01/24/23 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by TheYouthTrapper
Originally Posted by Yukon John
Here's a tip that works for me on eyes. Instead of slicing down towards the nose. I flip the knife over, pull the skin down (or out) and poke the knife into "the eye" (I don't actually puncture the eye ball) and make swipe towards the butt. That opens the skin so then you can flip the knife back over and slice towards the nose. Hope that's clear as mud! Lol


Ok, I usually don't mess them up but this new serrated pelter has a really thin handle and I'm not really used to it yet.

I'd say keep at your way then, I've never used one of those.


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Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7781698
01/25/23 01:37 AM
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Well, went a pulled the line today. I got 3 rats and had one wring out. Was getting to the last trap thinking how lucky I was that I didn't have a live one yet and low and behold. I get to the last hut and see that the plug for the hole is really wet still like it's thawed. So I start chopping in and it went really far in so I reach my hand in and start grabbing wet material and piling it up. All of a sudden I feel this bite and pull my hand out. I check myself to make sure it didn't go through the gauntlets, it didn't. So I know I have a rat now, so I go in with the axe handle and poke around until it frees up then It finally comes out. Of course, it goes straight to my axe handle and stays there. So now I'm playing quick hands with this muskrat trying to get my stake to drag it off the handle, I grab it and pull him off and drop the stake. I grab the axe handle and it was not cooperating for a good hit. After about 30 seconds, I get lined up and it was over in less than 10 seconds. So I can officially say I have been bit by a muskrat. Got home and put up all 3 rats of the day and they all looked good but the best one was the alive one. Also had a couple of females today which I figured out while skinning, I think these might be the first ones of the season. Going to set the new spot tomorrow and check Friday, I have some really good news coming Friday. Will post here before going out to the ice shack. Anyways here are some pictures, no pictures of the other two rats put up or caught since I never thought about it.


Here's the picture of the alive one, I love having them fluffy, makes them easy to skin.
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Back of the alive rat
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Front of the alive rat
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Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7781835
01/25/23 09:01 AM
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Really nice job on the put up. BTW I have not had good luck using a serrated knife on the eyes. Use it lots on wringing legs.


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Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7782475
01/25/23 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by 8117 Steve R
Really nice job on the put up. BTW I have not had good luck using a serrated knife on the eyes. Use it lots on wringing legs.


Thanks, yeah I don't like it one bit, really nice for the ears but all my eyes have been messed up to some degree. Just going to use my Wiebe replaceable blade knife for the eyes forward.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7782479
01/25/23 11:11 PM
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Well, that new spot with around 12 huts was a bust today. Dug into 5 huts and not a single one had a cavity, couldn't even find ice. Went back to the old reliable (the place I just pulled traps from) and set up 5 traps in the same huts as last time. Going out tomorrow to put more out but I won't check the ones I put in today since I can legally wait till Friday to do it.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7783586
01/27/23 12:57 AM
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Well went back out today and put out about 5 huts and marked another for setting tomorrow. Didn't check the ones I put out yesterday but it was definitely an urge to want to do it. Was heading out onto the slough and saw about a 3-3.5 inch diameter hole coming out of the snow with a line of tracks coming out of it. Looked exactly like weasel tracks, set out 2 boxes lured with Lenon's Super all call and rabbit fur with muskrat meat shoved in the back for bait. Hoping that by having 2 out that I won't have to deal with a mouse clogging one up and not being able to catch the weasel. Hope that I have one tomorrow.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7783613
01/27/23 01:34 AM
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hole that size in a slough is most likely a mink. theyre hunting under the snow, in the cavities under the drifts. with sub zero temps coming, be sure to seal any huts that you opened. use wet vegetation and cover with alot of snow to insulate. best to not open huts in these temps at all.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7784012
01/27/23 03:32 PM
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When doing the eyes on the muskrat, cut higher on the body. You will eventually see where you need to cut. Some of my muskrats still have the eyeball in hide when I put them on the board. Also while the rat is still on the wire, run your hands up the hide, this will put the saddle back into place and same with the belly side. Keep up the good work!!!!!

You do not need to do this, but I cut off the bottom lip and I use a large zip tie with tape on the end of it to pull the arms back into the fur.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7785933
01/29/23 05:46 PM
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Well, Friday I caught 3 rats and Mark Steck came along for the ride. He said he wanted to record me running my trapline so we worked out a schedule and he came out on Friday. It was a fun experience being with him and his cameraman. It was a little slower paced than I usually like to run but overall a good experience mixed with two very good people. I met Mark at the fall state convention and we talked from there.

Didn't check traps on Saturday since I ended up ice fishing all day. Got a couple of walleye but nothing special.

I went out today to pull traps and caught nothing so I'm done trapping this spot until spring and I'll only run a couple of floats at most. I think I'm going to shut down my season until spring thaw comes and then I'll be back at it for a couple of months.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7785990
01/29/23 06:56 PM
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Is Mark as cool in person as he is on his show?
When does your rat season close?

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: Mad Scientist] #7786012
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Originally Posted by Mad Scientist
Is Mark as cool in person as he is on his show?
When does your rat season close?


Yeah, he's a great guy full of information and just as full of energy as on his show. We had a guy come behind us on the road and usually I don't have a problem with that since the road is only a one way due to drifts, but they must have been taking care of something at the house. I said that I'd go move the truck and Mark volunteered to do it, 5 minutes later and here he comes back on the slough. Still as energetic as before.

Rat season closes East River April 30th

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7789590
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Haven't been doing much the last few days, just hanging out mainly. Did bring my floats in from the shed and scraped the sparrow poop off of them. Need to put foam on about 18-20, most of them need little things here and there like bait holders, random bits of wood taken off since they don't fit my traps, and some sides replaced. Looking for a good way to attach my traps to the floats since using them fence stapled right to them last year was not too much fun to take them off, thinking of using the spring hook carabiners with the threaded lock. Went out and finally tested my auger and it cut like butter, had the blades upside down, and also brought my rod with me and some waxxies and caught 5 perch in about an hour. 6-8" was pretty normal, the first hole too so I must have dropped right in on the school. Fished out of the truck so I stayed decently warm, had to unthaw my line twice but luckily I had a spare rod with me. Might start splitting some more wood here soon or go walking around.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7789641
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use an eye screw on the end of the float, and a carabiner snap to attach the trap to it. the carabiner can stay with the floats when not in use so nothing on the trap chain when its used for something else. our snaps were about 2 inches long. dont use the tiny ones. ours are spring loaded but not threaded. keep it fast and simple.

if 2 traps on a float, attach each trap to opposite ends. when the second rat gets caught, you dont want him hanging next to the first rat, as itll chew the first one caught. lots of unnecessary damage that way.

we staked floats with a 3/8th inch 4 foot fiberglass fence post down through the float. float can rise with the water if flooding happens. fast and simple.

we used no bait, just a smear of musky lure on the highest point of the float. after that the rats climbing on the float will keep it well scented. fast and simple.

good hut busting weather coming starting saturday. hope you have a few more spots to go to yet. good luck.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7789994
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I usually use a fence staple and attach trap with a circle of wire.

Re: TYT's 2022-2023 Trapping Season [Re: fossil2] #7790239
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Originally Posted by fossil2
use an eye screw on the end of the float, and a carabiner snap to attach the trap to it. the carabiner can stay with the floats when not in use so nothing on the trap chain when its used for something else. our snaps were about 2 inches long. dont use the tiny ones. ours are spring loaded but not threaded. keep it fast and simple.

if 2 traps on a float, attach each trap to opposite ends. when the second rat gets caught, you dont want him hanging next to the first rat, as itll chew the first one caught. lots of unnecessary damage that way.

we staked floats with a 3/8th inch 4 foot fiberglass fence post down through the float. float can rise with the water if flooding happens. fast and simple.

we used no bait, just a smear of musky lure on the highest point of the float. after that the rats climbing on the float will keep it well scented. fast and simple.

good hut busting weather coming starting saturday. hope you have a few more spots to go to yet. good luck.






Ok, I just figured the threaded one because then I could use them on other traps too. Was planning on using a fence staple to attach them to since most of the floats already have them.

Yep, got that figured out last year.

I just used rebar electric fence posts last year but will probably use my fiberglass posts this year since I'm also going to run hagz and hangman brackets. They're 6ft tall

I like using the bait since it gives me a place to put the lure so that way I don't stick my hand in the lure.

I'm done busting huts till spring, no more spots with visible huts. Got too cold the last time anyway.

Was thinking about using these, no clue what size to use though, I have a few on my 220s for coon boxes, will need to measure them.

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