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Posted By: gdccowboy

Best mink traps - 03/31/19 12:57 AM

My 7 year old daughter has her heart set on catching mink next season so I plan on giving it a shot I have some 110s but figured I better get some foot holds I was thinking Bridget number 11s but was hoping for some pointers from some more experienced trappers
Posted By: Dean Chapel

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:13 AM

1 1/2 coil is the mink trap of choice. Heavy enough to drown mink easily, but they drown pretty easy anyway. ANd can also be used on fox. Dukes are cheap and hold very well, but I sure love my bridger 1.5's.
Posted By: jeff karsten

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:29 AM

hard to beat a 1 1/2 longspring for mink but unless on a drowning setup not great for coon most including me use 1 1/2 coils for Deans reasons
Posted By: trapperkeck

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:32 AM

I am of the mind that the Bridger #1.5 coil is about as good as it gets for rats and mink.
Posted By: Yooper1978

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:37 AM

My mink trap of choice is the 1.5 Longspring. Maybe because thatís what I started with? I do have some coils but my longs definitely get set first. Fall of 2018 I caught a nice male red fox in one of 1.5 longspring mink sets.
Posted By: Mr. Ed

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:40 AM

Originally Posted by trapperkeck
I am of the mind that the Bridger #1.5 coil is about as good as it gets for rats and mink.


Same here,love the semi-flopper pan. I was going to try some of the MB 450 fox springs on mine to see if it would lighten up the tension a tad.
Posted By: jeff karsten

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:51 AM

Originally Posted by Mr. Ed
Originally Posted by trapperkeck
I am of the mind that the Bridger #1.5 coil is about as good as it gets for rats and mink.


Same here,love the semi-flopper pan. I was going to try some of the MB 450 fox springs on mine to see if it would lighten up the tension a tad.


I have some wild river pans on my bridger 1.5s bigger heavier and you have to tighten them a little to keep them set
Posted By: Computer Hater

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:56 AM

Duke 1 1/2 coil with a Wild River pan.
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:57 AM

Originally Posted by Computer Hater
Duke 1 1/2 coil with a Wild River pan.

Me too, and I have a few Bridgers 1 1/2s, and I like them too, but ever once in a while, a coon might get out of the Bridger. I am not sure why. The Duke holds them.
Posted By: jeff karsten

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 02:00 AM

is that in water les
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 02:08 AM

yes, might be the sharper jaw. I'm not a coon trapper.
Posted By: Zim

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 02:22 AM

The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim
Posted By: jeff karsten

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 02:23 AM

don't want to steal the mink post but might help them too ive used them for years on dryland coon with no issues and held coyotes but have heard that from water trappers and believe mtp made modifications to address it just cant figure why
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 02:27 AM

Originally Posted by Zim
The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim

Yes they are, and I have a few of them too. I have streamlined to the point of just one trap in the boat with fiberglass rods for stakes. The Duke is nice and light and I can get a lot of them in the boat.
Posted By: Nessmuck

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 02:33 AM

Aftah freeze up..I use a mink boxes guarded by a 110 with a wooden pan.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 04:50 AM

120 waxed.
Posted By: ~ADC~

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 06:44 AM

#2 double long springs are my top choice if setting footholds strictly for mink. Nice and heavy, good high grip and the bed very solid.
Posted By: SwampFox

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 08:38 AM

X2 on what Zim said!!! The old Victor #2 s.j. catch mink (and rats) more on the body. My first choice. Drown mink well. 110 Victor/duke are a must for a LOT of my mink sets!!! I also have used #1 1/2 coil spring (Victor, Blake& Lamb) and # 1 1/2 long spring ( Victor and B & L) with great success. I have used the # 1 l.s. (Victor and B & L) with success, but the bigger traps have more weight, so I went to them years ago. My go to trap for shallow water is the Blake and Lamb #1 Sure-Hold (I don't use the "delay pin". I take them off). For a "little" trap they are quite strong. IMO (They have held some very large coon and the stop loss arm keeps the coon in check) For some reason I just love this trap! A whole lot!!!

God bless and happy trails. Swampfox
Posted By: MINK I LOVE

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 11:02 AM

My Top 3 Best Mink Traps

#1-#2 Victor Square Jaw

#2-#1.5 Duke Coilspring

#3-#110 Duke Conibear
Posted By: BernieB.

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 11:34 AM

Coilspring is definitely the trap of choice for mink trappers. Lots of old time mink trappers like the #2 because it so often get's both front feet and it takes the mink down underwater so quickly. They hardly go anywhere. I have caught a lot of mink in #110s too, they are great for trails along creek banks, slip banks, underwater edges, etc.
Posted By: ratbrain

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 11:38 AM

I like both # 1.5 regular coil and #2 Victor square jaw coils. Personally I prefer the smaller 1.5 coil. All of mine are older model Victor.
Posted By: thebeaverguy

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 01:48 PM

Originally Posted by ratbrain
I like both # 1.5 regular coil and #2 Victor square jaw coils. Personally I prefer the smaller 1.5 coil. All of mine are older model Victor.


Same here. They both do the bulk of the work on my mink line. The B&L No.1 Surehold is also a great little trap, as has been previously noted. Just the same, I'll use No.1 and 1 1/2 Longsprings, as needed, if they fill the bill.
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 04:05 PM

Originally Posted by Zim
The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim


I also agree best mink trap I ever used. High catches and dead mink In shallow water. Put a wild river pan on that trap and you are good to go.

While a # 1 1/2 Duke Is a great trap your daughter will never be able to set that trap.
Posted By: PAskinner

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 06:21 PM

Any fairly fast trap with a sensitive pan, all the rest is opinion, lol. The problem is there are always other animals to consider, so I would go with something like a 1.5 double jaw, if buying new. The K.O.'s are nice if you can get em with normal springs.
Posted By: jeff karsten

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 06:33 PM

Originally Posted by The Beav
Originally Posted by Zim
The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim


I also agree best mink trap I ever used. High catches and dead mink In shallow water. Put a wild river pan on that trap and you are good to go.

While a # 1 1/2 Duke Is a great trap your daughter will never be able to set that trap.


smile I hear that
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 03/31/19 06:41 PM

I want a big heavy trap that will get you high catches and be heavy enough to drown a mink In shallow water.

http://thebeav.us/Setlocationimages/minksetlocations.html
Posted By: coydog2

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 01:49 PM

I go with 110 and #1 1/2 coil round jaws mainly because ,if you get coon in the trap, they can not work under the jaws to try to get out , like as easy as square jaw, unless the trap is double jaw. Because alot of times will get a coon in a mink set. also the #1 coil will work also. Have the user set the trap also and see how it will work for them. There is a place for a body trap and one for a foothold .Use both on the line .
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 04:08 PM

Originally Posted by ~ADC~
#2 double long springs are my top choice if setting footholds strictly for mink. Nice and heavy, good high grip and the bed very solid.


Interesting. You setting these in the water? I would agree on a double long spring but a #11 victor has killed a lot more mink than a number 2. LLL
Posted By: Larry Baer

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 06:33 PM

If you use a body trap - the 110 magnum BMI trap is tough to beat - especially if you wax it. The are pretty easy to put in a trail.
Posted By: hippie

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 07:04 PM

If your buying new, like others have said, go with Bridger 1 1/2s.
Posted By: JackPine

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 07:48 PM

Your choice of the #11 is wise, the other recommendation would be the 1 1/2 coil, both in double jaw would be better. Racoon always seem to show up in mink sets and these two traps would be top notch for both. The 110 and 120 Coni's for body grips. My favorite mink trap, the Victor pinch pan double jaw 1 1/2 coil spring.
Posted By: BernieB.

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 09:12 PM

Originally Posted by LLtrapper
Originally Posted by ~ADC~
#2 double long springs are my top choice if setting footholds strictly for mink. Nice and heavy, good high grip and the bed very solid.


Interesting. You setting these in the water? I would agree on a double long spring but a #11 victor has killed a lot more mink than a number 2. LLL


i would be surprised if that's true. Unless you are just referring to a #2 longspring. Some of the best longline minkers who have caught tens of thousands of them used #2 square jaw coilsprings.
Posted By: lumberjack391

Re: Best mink traps - 04/01/19 10:45 PM

About the only trap I wouldn't use is a #0 or #1. I like a little jaw spread or kill area, whatever you want to call it. Too big of a trap and you have trouble getting it fitted into some sets. I love double longs, but more often than not one spring always seems to get in the way of something making me work more getting it right where I want it.
Posted By: upstateNY

Re: Best mink traps - 04/02/19 12:06 AM

I use a mixed bag of B&L 1 1/2 jumps and a bunch of old B&L and Victor 1 1/2 Longsprings.All still very strong and have no problem holding coon.All used on drowning set ups.
Posted By: k9-hunter

Re: Best mink traps - 04/02/19 12:17 AM

I like 120 conibears never missed a mink yet in one plus easy to stabilize I find the trouble with 110s is not enough killing power unless in a drowning situation and 150s give them a little room to squeeze by as for legholds probably sone of the best would be the old victor#2 square jaw and the dbl #11
Posted By: Actor

Re: Best mink traps - 04/02/19 12:45 AM

For a leghold set a 1.5 coil, and body grip set a 120.

Garry-
Posted By: don403

Re: Best mink traps - 04/03/19 12:20 AM

i use victor #2 square jaw best trap for the job.
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/03/19 01:24 PM

Bernie I was speaking of #2 long springs that ADC was using to catch all his mink. LLL grin
Posted By: Gator Foot

Re: Best mink traps - 04/03/19 07:20 PM

Originally Posted by Actor
For a leghold set a 1.5 coil, and body grip set a 120.

Garry-

2x
Posted By: upstateNY

Re: Best mink traps - 04/03/19 09:35 PM

Originally Posted by k9-hunter
I like 120 conibears never missed a mink yet in one
LOL,,,that you know of.You would be surprised how many mink walk right through a conibear.
Posted By: madcotrappwr

Re: Best mink traps - 04/03/19 09:44 PM

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.
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 12:17 AM

I have been putting Wild River pans on about every close jawed trap I have, to make them better water traps.
Posted By: K52

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 02:14 PM

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.
Posted By: coonman220

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 09:23 PM

Who makes wild river pan ? Where can see online ?
Posted By: hogwild

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 09:58 PM

Originally Posted by coonman220
Who makes wild river pan ? Where can see online ?

Google them. It's quick and easy.
Posted By: coonman220

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 10:40 PM

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
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 10:59 PM

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.
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Best mink traps - 04/04/19 11:50 PM

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.
Posted By: coonman220

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 01:50 AM

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?
Posted By: Computer Hater

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 02:10 AM

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.
Posted By: BernieB.

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 10:53 AM

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.
Posted By: jabNE

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 11:12 AM

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
Posted By: Muskrat

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 09:29 PM

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.
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 10:05 PM

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
Posted By: Mac

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 10:15 PM

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
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 10:28 PM

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.
Posted By: Coon Duke

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 10:58 PM

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.
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 11:07 PM

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.
Posted By: Coon Duke

Re: Best mink traps - 04/05/19 11:21 PM

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.
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/07/19 01:30 AM

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
Posted By: lumberjack391

Re: Best mink traps - 04/07/19 01:40 AM

Is there any reason you run both 11s and 1.5s? Which one would you pick if you had to choose? Im not exactly sure what you mean by "wrapping an 11 around the edge of the pocket" or "putting the pan of my 1.5 that way".
Posted By: Gerald Schmitt

Re: Best mink traps - 04/07/19 11:10 PM

Did not read all the replies, but I would like to mention one thing that may not seem like much, but I think it is important. For myself, when digging lots of pockets and running lots of traps, using the same trap at every set makes me faster and more efficient at making sets. The trap you use (#11 vs 1 1/2 coil for example) will or should dictate the size of the pocket you make. Standardized equipment will allow you to use your time on the trapline most effectively. Time saved putting sets in will allow you to set more traps.
Posted By: Line Jumper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/07/19 11:26 PM

Originally Posted by LLtrapper
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


Now that is interesting, why the left front foot? I use 1 1/2 coils, make a pocket the same size as the trap and stick it in the opening. I still get a lot of hind foot catches, and I usually have no bait or scent so I don't catch otter or coon.
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/07/19 11:58 PM

I want to catch the mink before It even thinks about entering the pocket. I want to catch those mink that stand just outside the entrance but refuse to enter. It's all about the ones you miss not the ones you catch.
I may be a bit off but I'm thinking 50% or more mink never enter a pocket set. Keep that trap outside that entrance and set It so the mink will come in between the jaws. Most mink are traveling along the bank anyway. Place the loose jaw at the edge of pocket entrance. And place a guide stick right at the dog. This In theory will catch the mink when It's Investigating the pocket.
Posted By: Line Jumper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 01:09 AM

Originally Posted by The Beav
I want to catch the mink before It even thinks about entering the pocket. I want to catch those mink that stand just outside the entrance but refuse to enter. It's all about the ones you miss not the ones you catch.
I may be a bit off but I'm thinking 50% or more mink never enter a pocket set. Keep that trap outside that entrance and set It so the mink will come in between the jaws. Most mink are traveling along the bank anyway. Place the loose jaw at the edge of pocket entrance. And place a guide stick right at the dog. This In theory will catch the mink when It's Investigating the pocket.


Thanks Beav, I am sure I miss some, I can see where a bigger trap would help setting that way, I still don't get the left foot catch.. One thing I have learned over the years is you have to have a lot of mink to catch a lot of mink.
Posted By: Mark June

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 01:22 AM

Originally Posted by upstateNY
Originally Posted by k9-hunter
I like 120 conibears never missed a mink yet in one
LOL,,,that you know of.You would be surprised how many mink walk right through a conibear.


Longest lines I ever ran were for mink in Michigan back in the late 70's and early 80's. Paid for college with nice prices on red fox and mink. Those were the days!
I still have boxes of 120's set with the MacKenzie wires and micro ferrules on the triggers. Doug M. used to play a video of a mink running through a 110 conibear 30+ times before it fired. Made a believer outta me and I put the wires on the 110's as upstate NY was discussing.
The world was setting pocket sets then and I found that not too many were trapping deep runs OR land trails. No coon to speak of with this system.
Your daughter will need setters for conis wink
Posted By: Boco

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 02:13 AM

Catching mink aint rocket science.I'm with line jumper-If you got a lot of mink you will catch a lot if you have the ethic.Same goes for all furbearers.
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 04:30 AM

Originally Posted by Line Jumper
Originally Posted by The Beav
I want to catch the mink before It even thinks about entering the pocket. I want to catch those mink that stand just outside the entrance but refuse to enter. It's all about the ones you miss not the ones you catch.
I may be a bit off but I'm thinking 50% or more mink never enter a pocket set. Keep that trap outside that entrance and set It so the mink will come in between the jaws. Most mink are traveling along the bank anyway. Place the loose jaw at the edge of pocket entrance. And place a guide stick right at the dog. This In theory will catch the mink when It's Investigating the pocket.


Thanks Beav, I am sure I miss some, I can see where a bigger trap would help setting that way, I still don't get the left foot catch.. One thing I have learned over the years is you have to have a lot of mink to catch a lot of mink.


I don't understand this left foot either.
Posted By: SwampFox

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 05:32 AM

X2 what line jumper and Boco said...if they are there and I do my part, then I will catch mink. The BEST area I have ever seen for mink was Hamilton County, TN (I trapped the Northern part...north of Chattanooga). I would say it was about 50/50 for legholds and conibears. A WHOLE lot of mink (and other critters).

X2 what Mark June said about wires and ferrules for conibears. I believe they make a BIG difference in catching more mink


X2 what the beav said about catching mink "before" they get into the pocket set. I didn't want them messing the pocket up, if possible. Majority of time drowning wire rigged. Wanted them to see the "hole" and get interested and caught as soon as possible. I think them seeing the hole triggers their instinct to check it out. I have used lure and muskrat for pocket sets. Half a muskrat was more effective in my experience, UNTIL a mink was caught and sprayed the area up. This was the most ABSOLUTE best for mink at pockets!!! In my experience.
X2 what the beav said about "stepping sticks". I learned this trapping mink in TN. Watching them walk blind sets in creeks where I could see their tracks (mud) and not get caught. I believe properly placed sticks make a BIG difference in blind, pocket sets etc. when setting for mink with leghold traps.

I also believe in expanded pans, whether it is Wild River, Barker's (sorry been up all night) or the top from a tin can (done the right way). I believe that the "more" surface area (within reason) then the more it increases the catch. I believe they make a big difference and that reminds me I need 2 dozen Wild River pans for some new for me (used) traps.

I have caught mink in one of two ways: catching them in blind sets (them just doing their mink thing and all I do is set a trap and stepping stick, if not using a conibear) or bringing them to my traps (pockets sets and sometimes what I call a "fencing" blind set). Where I do my best to direct them to my trap and get caught. Wide areas they travel on edge of creeks/rivers and I will put sticks in ground with a "gap and a trap" ( sometimes 110s mostly legholds) AND stepping sticks on both sides when setting legholds.

Since the OP was talking mink, then I will say I still like the #2 Victor CS with expanded pan. I know what can happen with coon. Caught way more then I lost. Had it happen, however talking mink, it catchs them high and often times with both feet (at their shoulders). In shallow or deep they are drowned. Other areas still dead (where legal). My thoughts are it is high enough to kill them humanely and it does.

I would say (for mink) #2 Victor CS with expanded pans and 110 conibear with wire. In my experience, if they are there, then these are my choices. To me each trap is like a tool and if possible, then I want the correct tool for the job. Very important. I do understand the efficiency of standardized trapping. Did that down south. Very effective. I would catch myself saying I wish I had that trap, etc. I do things a little different now. I still believe each trap is a tool and I use them accordingly.

Thanks OP for the topic. Thanks to all who commented. I really like threads like this. It is appreciated.

P.S. I love trapping mink!!! It fires me up.

God bless and happy trails. Swampfox
Posted By: Cameron Kelsey

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 09:30 AM

Originally Posted by Gerald Schmitt
Did not read all the replies, but I would like to mention one thing that may not seem like much, but I think it is important. For myself, when digging lots of pockets and running lots of traps, using the same trap at every set makes me faster and more efficient at making sets. The trap you use (#11 vs 1 1/2 coil for example) will or should dictate the size of the pocket you make. Standardized equipment will allow you to use your time on the trapline most effectively. Time saved putting sets in will allow you to set more traps.


I would listen to this guy when it comes to mink trapping.
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 12:03 PM

Originally Posted by Cameron Kelsey
Originally Posted by Gerald Schmitt
Did not read all the replies, but I would like to mention one thing that may not seem like much, but I think it is important. For myself, when digging lots of pockets and running lots of traps, using the same trap at every set makes me faster and more efficient at making sets. The trap you use (#11 vs 1 1/2 coil for example) will or should dictate the size of the pocket you make. Standardized equipment will allow you to use your time on the trapline most effectively. Time saved putting sets in will allow you to set more traps.


I would listen to this guy when it comes to mink trapping.


I agree. LLL
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/08/19 01:20 PM

Originally Posted by The Beav
I want to catch the mink before It even thinks about entering the pocket. I want to catch those mink that stand just outside the entrance but refuse to enter. It's all about the ones you miss not the ones you catch.
I may be a bit off but I'm thinking 50% or more mink never enter a pocket set. Keep that trap outside that entrance and set It so the mink will come in between the jaws. Most mink are traveling along the bank anyway. Place the loose jaw at the edge of pocket entrance. And place a guide stick right at the dog. This In theory will catch the mink when It's Investigating the pocket.


OK I will try to unpack a few things for you beav. You say you want to catch the mink before it ever enters the pocket. Do you have any coon around? I do.

You said you want to catch the ones who do not enter the pocket. I am sure that there may be an out liar there but if a pocket is baited and is dug correctly the overwhelming majority will enter the pocket.

You say use a guide stick at the dog. If the trap is placed in the right sized pocket for the trap there is no need for or room for a "guide stick".

As far as a left front foot, well. I cannot explain why this is but I can only say it does when I set a trap to catch mink.

My pocket for mink has a pocket that will fit the trap. The dog will be on the right side with the levers turned counter clockwise making sure the levers pushed into the side of the pocket locking it in place. By doing this you expose the very tip of the pan which is the most sensitive to the foot of the mink. This is with a coil spring which I do use exclusively because I have a lot of coon here too.

A #11 can be used in the same way only you place one lever and the jaws of the trap in and turn slightly counter clock wise.

Again the left foot thing sounds funny but if you have caught many mink and you pay attention you know what I am talking about right Mike Kelly?

Catching mink is not rocket science. It is just a game of inches if that much.

I have said enough for now. LLL

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Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 12:28 PM

Just wish they were worth more. The new brown possum. LLL
Posted By: Steven 49er

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 01:42 PM

The selling point of the wild river pan isn't the increased kill zone, although it helps.

Beav, up here in God's country where it tends to freeze many nights, you will be putting Tha trap at least partially into the hole
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 01:54 PM

I'm still standing by my outside the entrance placement. If the mink approaches my pocket It's going to step In the trap before It enters the pocket and I have It.

It's my experience If that hole doesn't go any where then there Is no reason for the mink to enter the hole.

The other thing I like to do Is dig my pocket above the water line. It all depends on the bank but about 2" to 3 " works for me. It Is easier to dig the pocket and a small bit of water fluctuation won't put your set out of operation. It also gives you set a bit more eye appeal.

There are tons of bank situations where you have a good location but the height of bank won't allow you to dig a pocket. Of coarse you can make a blind set but In most cases I just take my tile spade and wallow out a slot In the bank. Kind of like when your planting pine tree seedling's. Place you bait (half a rat carcass) In the slot and just kick It shut. I will guarantee that a mink will find this bait and work that set.

In this fur market I don't see why you would want to avoid catching coon when those coon are worth twice what a mink will bring.
My placement catches the mink whether It goes In the pocket or It doesn't But If your trap placement at the pocket Is catching mink then that's what you need to do.
Posted By: Carolina Foxer

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 03:07 PM

Originally Posted by The Beav
I'm still standing by my outside the entrance placement. If the mink approaches my pocket It's going to step In the trap before It enters the pocket and I have It.

It's my experience If that hole doesn't go any where then there Is no reason for the mink to enter the hole.

The other thing I like to do Is dig my pocket above the water line. It all depends on the bank but about 2" to 3 " works for me. It Is easier to dig the pocket and a small bit of water fluctuation won't put your set out of operation. It also gives you set a bit more eye appeal.

There are tons of bank situations where you have a good location but the height of bank won't allow you to dig a pocket. Of coarse you can make a blind set but In most cases I just take my tile spade and wallow out a slot In the bank. Kind of like when your planting pine tree seedling's. Place you bait (half a rat carcass) In the slot and just kick It shut. I will guarantee that a mink will find this bait and work that set.

In this fur market I don't see why you would want to avoid catching coon when those coon are worth twice what a mink will bring.
My placement catches the mink whether It goes In the pocket or It doesn't But If your trap placement at the pocket Is catching mink then that's what you need to do.


So the won't enter a baited pocket set if the hole doesn't go anywhere, but it will guaranteed work a filled in slot? Isn't that the 'same difference'?
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 05:40 PM

Not really since there Is no hole and the slot Is vertical not horizontal. And In some cases the bait will be exposed right at the edge of the bank and the mink can access It with out going In to a hole. It's right out In front of the mink.
And If that mink wants that bait he has to work for It and that gets It moving around giving you a better chance of It stepping on the pan. It also works great for as coon set.
It's fast easy and you don't have to get down on your knees to dig a hole In the bank.
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 08:32 PM

Originally Posted by The Beav
I'm still standing by my outside the entrance placement. If the mink approaches my pocket It's going to step In the trap before It enters the pocket and I have It.

It's my experience If that hole doesn't go any where then there Is no reason for the mink to enter the hole.

The other thing I like to do Is dig my pocket above the water line. It all depends on the bank but about 2" to 3 " works for me. It Is easier to dig the pocket and a small bit of water fluctuation won't put your set out of operation. It also gives you set a bit more eye appeal.

There are tons of bank situations where you have a good location but the height of bank won't allow you to dig a pocket. Of coarse you can make a blind set but In most cases I just take my tile spade and wallow out a slot In the bank. Kind of like when your planting pine tree seedling's. Place you bait (half a rat carcass) In the slot and just kick It shut. I will guarantee that a mink will find this bait and work that set.

In this fur market I don't see why you would want to avoid catching coon when those coon are worth twice what a mink will bring.
My placement catches the mink whether It goes In the pocket or It doesn't But If your trap placement at the pocket Is catching mink then that's what you need to do.

By your comments I can tell you have never trapped in real coon country. I try not to catch mink until Thanksgiving and not after I have knocked down the coon a bit. Do you honestly think I pass on coon? A trap bedded in shallow enough water around here to catch a mink will be rumbled over, flipped, pulled over, well before a mink ever came by. You will miss way more mink on the outside of your pocket then I will the mink that do not enter a baited pocket with a trap placed properly (tight) in a pocket around here. Coon will still get arm caught and reach over the trap but that is a issue for another thread. LLL
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 09:05 PM

LOl never trapped In real coon country.
Posted By: Muskrat

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 09:09 PM

uh oh
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 09:23 PM

I guess we have gotten off the best mink trap post.

But as you can see there are at least 2 different trains of thought on the placement of the perfect mink trap. Now It's up to each trapper to try the different approaches and see what works for them.
Posted By: Line Jumper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/10/19 11:46 PM

Originally Posted by The Beav
I'm still standing by my outside the entrance placement. If the mink approaches my pocket It's going to step In the trap before It enters the pocket and I have It.

It's my experience If that hole doesn't go any where then there Is no reason for the mink to enter the hole.

The other thing I like to do Is dig my pocket above the water line. It all depends on the bank but about 2" to 3 " works for me. It Is easier to dig the pocket and a small bit of water fluctuation won't put your set out of operation. It also gives you set a bit more eye appeal.

There are tons of bank situations where you have a good location but the height of bank won't allow you to dig a pocket. Of coarse you can make a blind set but In most cases I just take my tile spade and wallow out a slot In the bank. Kind of like when your planting pine tree seedling's. Place you bait (half a rat carcass) In the slot and just kick It shut. I will guarantee that a mink will find this bait and work that set.

In this fur market I don't see why you would want to avoid catching coon when those coon are worth twice what a mink will bring.
My placement catches the mink whether It goes In the pocket or It doesn't But If your trap placement at the pocket Is catching mink then that's what you need to do.


Beav, to each there own, I set almost identical to LLL, you mention if a pocket dead ends, I dig my pockets so you can't see the end. I either bend the pocket around a corner or put a tuft of grass in. Also like 49er says, if you set in the pocket your set will be more freeze proof. Also I try to have my pocket facing south if possible to get that solar warming and ice melting. I am no pro or big numbers guy, but I have hit 100 when in better mink habitat. Also like I said most of my pockets are scent free to avoid otter and coon. I am sure I miss mink because of this but I avoid a whole laundry list of incidentals. Setting this way you are more at the mercy of the weather, high pressure nights usually suck, dips in the Barrometer is what you want.
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 04/11/19 03:47 AM

To each his own. But you aren't fooling a mink that the pocket isn't a dead end.
So no bait and no lure right?
Posted By: Line Jumper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/11/19 11:06 AM

Originally Posted by The Beav
To each his own. But you aren't fooling a mink that the pocket isn't a dead end.
So no bait and no lure right?


No bait or lure on most sets, some I will bait with fish or muskrat later and incidentals go up and not much different on mink, except more YOY males and females. But up here we don't have a lot of mink, the best is after the first mink then other mink need to investigate.
Posted By: LLtrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 04/11/19 11:39 AM

I want to know where ADC sets his #2 Long springs and how big of a pocket he uses. Which is it Jayme inside or out? LLL
Posted By: Wolfdog91

Re: Best mink traps - 04/29/21 07:17 AM

Ttt
Posted By: MadTrapper375

Re: Best mink traps - 04/29/21 09:33 AM

My favorite traps for mink are #2 victor square jaw with wild river pan for blind sets, No-Bs 1.5 with lighter springs for pocket sets and I like the 150 bridgers for bottom edge sets.
Posted By: Wolfdog91

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 06:32 AM

Ttt
Posted By: The Beav

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 06:57 AM

Originally Posted by Zim
The old Victor No. 2 square jaw, while not good for much else is a very good mink and muskrat trap.

Zim


This^^^^^

High jaws gets you a high hold. And heavy enough to drown In shallow water. And a large pan.
Posted By: Minklongliner

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 07:47 AM

Originally Posted by MadTrapper375
My favorite traps for mink are #2 victor square jaw with wild river pan for blind sets, No-Bs 1.5 with lighter springs for pocket sets and I like the 150 bridgers for bottom edge sets.
what wrong with no.2 springs on the no bs 1.5 why lighter springs I never have a problem with them Or any heavy pan tension ? kill pile of mink and coon every year with them
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 09:37 AM

LL trapper definetely traps northern WI. Have set many a start of mink season and next day waters are frozen and stay that way. Frozen traps dont produce mink, justs mink tracks if a skiff of snow . Agee on the nbr 2 victor square jaw.
Posted By: All33

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 11:58 AM

Like many trappers, the number 1 1/2 dbl coil has helped me take many mink over the years. Recently, the number 11 has been my preferred trap for guarding pockets and blind sets for mink. Those little traps bed easily and you can get that trap pan up tight against the bottom of a pocket set or any edge for blind sets. The 11 is an excellent coon trap when those incidentals get into your mink sets. The 11's will hold anything and everything that gets in them. Otter, beaver and even a few surprise coyotes have stayed put after getting caught in some of those mink sets.
When ice sets in I use collapsible wire cubbies guarded with a 120 and rigged with a wire loop on the trigger. Coons can be a problem with this set up if they are not holed up because of the cold. I absolutely love those collapsible wire cubbies! Trapping on top of the ice is so easy with this method. Doesn't matter if it's a frozen stream, ditch, river or muskrat marsh. They work! Tie off to something solid or use a gutter spike for anchoring this set up.
At one time I would chase those fuzzy tails across a couple states just to get my fix. Probably never made a dime on those trips but sure enjoyed myself.
Posted By: AirportTrapper

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 02:40 PM

There are lots of variables to be considered. If you are in an area where pocket sets work , you are going to want a foothold. In my area, you will catch ALOT more with snares and 160s in blind sets instead of a pocket.
Posted By: Line Jumper

Re: Best mink traps - 01/14/22 10:39 PM

I just read through all five pages before I realized it's an old thread, am glad Wolfy bumped it back up!
Posted By: Feedinggrounds

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 12:11 AM

#2 Victor square jaw, #1 Duke coil, both doctored up. 110 Conibear, older strong square jaws. I normally don't set a mink trap on a waterway till after 3 to 4 days of hard heavy coon trapping. I then leapfrog the coon traps to the next watershed, while setting up for mink, I pull coon sets, the mink sets are maintained longer than coon sets.
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 03:21 AM

1 1/2 coilspring trap or #1 stoploss in non drowning situations.
Posted By: Vinke

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 03:55 AM

Cage or a well built colonyÖ..

Cage you can let the females go
Posted By: dirt trapper

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 12:28 PM

I see we have a lot of good mink trappers on here, My question is what the best lure & bait , either commercial or home made.
Posted By: Minklongliner

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 01:16 PM

No lure just a chunk of fish like carp or there heads cut in half or any rough fish
Posted By: backroadsarcher

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 02:56 PM

If I and going to pick one of my traps just for mink it is the old Victor 1 1\2 coil with the square pinch pan.
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 03:00 PM

Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
If I and going to pick one of my traps just for mink it is the old Victor 1 1\2 coil with the square pinch pan.

My favorite mink trap.
Posted By: MNTrapper21

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 03:01 PM

#2 victor square jaw is the best mink trap ever made
Posted By: seniortrap

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 03:18 PM

gdccowboy: Using most all of the coilspring traps have very strong springs to set for a 7 year old young lady.

If you can find some older square jaw #2 Victors with weak springs that's good. Or soften the springs with a gas torch to get them softer.

Adding the wider pan is great. It won't take much to hold that mink if it can drown.
Posted By: lumberjack391

Re: Best mink traps - 01/15/22 04:29 PM

Shucks, I will make a number 4 double long work if its all I got. I just hate 1s and smaller because of the jawspread,
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