Anybody catching anything? I'm waiting for it to ice up so I can trap some muskrats in their huts. Until then I'm trapping weasel.
I dont have any traps out. Because of fur prices down.
I was told raccoon was only going to get $2 and that's not enough to make any money.
I did build 5 weasel boxes like yours, but it's been so warm I am not sure the fur will be good. Waiting for colder temps,
My friend did get a river otter.
Fur primeness isn't based off the temperature it's based off the amount of daylight. I can go out and set weasel traps on the 23rd of November every year and catch a fully prime weasel even if the temps are 60°F
The rabbit fur is just a visual attraction, I currently am out of muskrat and beaver meat for bait so I used that to make do. The stick isn't holding it in place, it's just holding some Lenon's weasel lure on it. As far as the black thing, I have no idea. It's just a telephone pole.
What are best traps for rabbits?
I always see fucking rabbits while /out/ with nothing on me. as soon as I go back with my pellet rifle, balm no fucking rabbits any more.
if anything I want to use live traps. hunting preggo rabbits when they aren't really a nuisance here I'd rather not do. I tend to spare preggo animals because it just helps with numbers keeping them alive. some will argue that if you kill a female and it just had baby's that you also killed the baby's too. but that's not really the point here.
Plus catching small rabbits, or rabbits with tons of ticks all over them, aren't exactly gonna make good fur pieces.
Snares or 160/220 conibears on blocked down trails. They may not be legal where you are though. I don't know much about cage traps because the kind of trapping I do doesn't suit those traps.
Just know snares and conibears will kill the animal
If there are cats or other pets in the area, then look ar a live trap.
You can buy one for $20. Or there are many plans one line to build your own for less,
Why are you hunting weasel?
Anyway I use a similar method for minks who are an invasive species. They're cute, but they're replacing our otter population, and already eradicated the european polecats.
Although it is not feasible to eradicate the minks in the long run, it is more than likely we could slow down their expansion enough to allow the other wildlife to adapt slightly.
Weasel has always been the fur of kings
People have to eat.
People have to wear clothes,
And someone has to kill and animal in order for you to eat, and to wear your leather belt.
If you choose to force others to kill animals for you that's cool.
But stop bitching at those who do the killing.
>And it's really not respectful to leave animals to suffer in a trap until you decide to come claim it.
Conibear traps are near instantly fatal. Leg hold traps are not painful (pic related). A proper trapper ethically places traps to minimize suffering. Camouflaging traps so you don't catch the wrong animal, providing cover near leghold traps so an animal can shelter itself, checking traps frequently etc. Wearing fur has less of an environmental impact when trapping is properly regulated as compared to wearing synthetics that come from petroleum products. If you want to see animals suffer see them after an oil spill. Don't drink the peta koolaid.
I haven't trapped since I was a kid. (Neither does anyone I know since nobody wears fur anymore) I am about to start again though. I just paid a $1200 vet bill yesterday after my dog got torn up by a coyote. They have over run my state and have really hurt the deer, rabbit and ground nesting bird populations.
Trapped a red fox about a month ago. First time ever doing it.
I fully support and condone the harvest of fur but you are an absolute fuckwit.
i got an awesome trapper story
this actually happened, so don't be upset, ok?
>out trapping near paxon alaska
>i'm bent over gutting this arctic fox with my knife
>suddenly i feel three heavy taps on my shoulder
>i instantly knew what it was before turning around to look, because i also felt its claws
>its a fucking black bear
>i literally almost do a forward flip but end up just tripping away trying to stand and fall at the same time
>this fucking bear is just sitting upright, with his bottom feet sticking out, like casual as fuck
>he is right next to my fucking rifle which is leaning against the tree right fucking next to him
>so im just standing there completely in shock looking at him, wondering how am i going to grab this fucking gun
>then suddenly the bear is doing this sign language shit at me
>i have never seen an animal do something like this before, it was obvious he was trying to communicate in his own primitive way
>all my fear instantly turned into intrigue, the bear was making a real effort to establish basic communication and there clearly was no need to fear for my life anymore
>i was still standing there just looking at him though, i could tell this bear was extremely intelligent. it was quite obvious he had roughly patched together what he had observed humans do
>this animal was truly aware, i felt as if i was visited by one of the rare beings special beings of earth. something that only comes around once in a million years
>now the bear starts moaning and making noises
>he falls on his back and is making puppy gestures to pet his belly
>i thought to myself "well, iv'e got work to do, and he's obviously not going to leave me alone"
>so i casually walked over, grabbed my gun and planted a .308 FMJ right between his ears
>he was just looking at me the entire time before his eyes fell lifeless
>as if he didn't understand why i would do such a thing
still got the fucker hanging on my wall too
best faggot i have ever shot dead
Just need a few more to reach legendary status.
I never hunted/trapped before, mostly because of fuckk-off gun laws in my communist country, but I was curious to know: how the fuck do you make sure you are not eating some parasite-infested animal? The hunters I know send a piece of the meat to a lab, that clears the meat safe to eat. Can`t do that while /out/.
Also, I image i would feel somewhat guilty for killing any animal, how do I get around that?
>trap first squirrel today
>attempt to skin it
>make cuts like YouTube video tells me to
>begin to pull off fur
>doesn't come off cleanly
>spine sticks to fur
>guts fall out
>smell makes me gag
>pull skin harder
>squirrel snaps in half
How do I make sure this doesn't happen again?
i had a parasitology professor ask us that questionthis is the conversation
>"ok who knows the best method of killing any parasite:
>blank stares from 99% of the class
>"batter and hot oil"
weird but high heat kills 99.999% of parasites that's why you cook pork to 160F to kill tanea solium (pork tapeworm), that 0.001% of parasites not killed are so badass that not much will kill those. also if you are worried about parasites at home and dont have acces to a lab for testing your meat, freezing the meat for I think its 3-4 weeks will kill many of even the hardiest of parasites.
If you are eating wild fish while /out/ when you get back get your hands on some pickled ginger and garlic both have antiparasitc properties on intestinal worms.
I hope any of this will help
Yeah, I was wondering why anyone would need to lab test game. Those free-range, GMO and growth hormone free animals are a lot healthier than sleeping-in-their-own-filth farm animals could ever be. Cook thoroughly and enjoy!
If say i was to trap the rats of the sky(pigeons or doves) alive, would it be feasible or even possible to feed them up on clean grains and the like, and remove any diseases they might have, then eat them?
i ask this because i just finished mowing my lawn and as quick as it took me to crack a beer and sit on my balcony admiring my yard they were down there haveing a fat old time and i thought, welll they would do nicely in my oven for dinner
Actually, the reintroduction of coyotes and other predators keeps populations of prey animals healthy and in check. Sucks about your dog though, I'd be outside with a good rifle for some vengeance too.
hi guys, how do you trap squirels ? suquirel is a discret animal and i wonder how do you see them when you'r hunting, i'd like to shot one but i don't know how to do it
sorry for my english level, i'm from france
Hello frenchbro. This is poaching (braconnage) and since you sound twelve, you'll certainly get caught. A lot of people poach once in a while but bracos who get caught are scum. If you're above 18 please forget the idea.
>how do you see them when you'r hunting
Sit down by a BIG oak tree and be quiet.
Use a shotgun with #4 shot if the leaves are still on the trees, use a 4x magnification scoped .22 LR if the leaves have fallen off.
You might also have luck along the tree lines surrounding agricultural fields.
Walk carefully in the fall. Listen for the sound of falling nuts/ acorns. Stalk toward them. Shoot them in the head. If you find an area with squirrel you can also lean a long limb against a tree and place a trap or snare on it.
Caught two beaver under ice over the weekend, the larger one is 40+ lbs. The gf and I set up 3 lodges with baired 330s suspended in the wayer and another lodge with some snare poles. We only had action at one lodge. After some research I learned beaver are less active the week or two after Christmas so hopefully that's why the other 3 lodges didn't have any action.
The smaller beaver is missing a foot because I cut it off for the dog to play with. Pic is a lodge we put snare poles at
I found out it was because the squirrel wasn't fresh, which causes the muscles to stick to the skin more. I had picked it up off the road since I thought it would've been better to practice on before I start actually trapping, but no. I trapped a squirrel a couple days later and the fur came off much easier.