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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:12 pm

Still filling taxidermy orders with my dozen cages.



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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:10 pm

Nice work Tracy. First pic looks like you have parked there a few times! What year is your Tacoma?
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:45 pm

Great pictures Tracy! Good work with the cage traps. Do you want me to bring buns and condiments for the hamburgers and hotdogs served at the auction next Saturday?
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:24 pm

I don't believe Tracy is going to put on a feed at the sale. He has other committments
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:32 pm

Great pictures Tracy! When do they grey fox start to rub? I know the Reds around here aren't any good after New Years. Grey fox stay prime longer?
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:30 pm

Well got out and took my end of line pic today. By far not my best year but I had a blast just like every year. Fallon bound this Friday hope to see a bunch of you guys there.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:19 pm

Great picture Lance!!! You da man!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:26 pm

Still picking up a few. These Scouts have a great time. We are taking blood samples to test for exposure to plague. Our County Health Department (who has the responsibility to collect samples and monitor disease) begs us for samples every year.
Most kids have no idea what goes on in the hills. Their parents are always squeamish -- "I don't know how Jimmy will react to you . . . you know, killing a fox and then taking a blood sample." After the first one, Jimmy is yelling at the top of his lungs, "The next one is mine!!!"
I will make one more run in the morning and pick up most of my 12 cages. Then make one more Friday run for the end of the season finale.



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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:28 pm

nvsage wrote:
Great pictures Tracy! When do they grey fox start to rub? I know the Reds around here aren't any good after New Years. Grey fox stay prime longer?

Usually the grays are good until the end of the season. These are all coming from 8,500-9,000 feet so maybe that has something to do with it?
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:05 pm

Love the picture Lance, way to go man!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:26 pm

That's awesome Tracy your taking the scouts out on your line. I wish when I was in scouts I had leaders who had done the same. I'm sure you are making memories  with these boys they will never forget.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:11 pm

I seem to be stuck on three.

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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:15 pm

Nice work Tracy.! U coming to the sale?
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:24 pm

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Nice work Tracy.! U coming to the sale?

Yes, but I'm only coming to see my favorite Fallon resident professional cat trapper and fur handler turned graphic arts guru. Actually, I'm bringing a big, odd collection of stuff -- lifesize frozen gray fox, bobcat meat, misc. trinkets and probably a couple of crates of traps and drags to sell. I might even bring some fur. Probably look like the Clampetts when I roll into town.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:28 am

Yes, but I'm only coming to see my favorite Fallon resident professional cat trapper and fur handler turned graphic arts guru. Actually, I'm bringing a big, odd collection of stuff -- lifesize frozen gray fox, bobcat meat, misc. trinkets and probably a couple of crates of traps and drags to sell. I might even bring some fur. Probably look like the Clampetts when I roll into town.

Haha. Well you will fit right in sir. You make me sound like I know what I am doing! Fooled you. See ya there partner.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:38 pm

Last check of the season. I miss trapping season already.



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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:12 pm

Nice pictures and great season Tracy!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:21 pm

I finally had an evening without much wind and took a season ending picture. I was joined by my two trapping buddies as well! I have the same feelings as Tracy expressed earlier, I'm already missing trapping season Sad

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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:00 pm

Hell of a Job Don! Can't wait to check em out! Love the picture with the kids also.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:45 pm

Well just got home from my first trip to the Fallon sale. Boy did I have a blast! I know my daughter did as well. I was able to spend some time with some good friends, put some faces to a couple of users on here and just sit around and shoot the sh!t with a bunch of great trappers. I almost came home with a dog... Sorry muleskinner wish I could man! My daughter won the kids raffle for a box of traps looks like we are going water trappin next weekend!
Anyways thanks to all that help put the sale on as it was very well organized! Talk of the Rondy has hit an an scheduling my vacation as soon as the dates are final! Can't wait to see everyone again.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:59 pm

I'm sure Lance doesn't like to toot his own horn .....but he won Best Handled Coyote yesterday at the sale. Way to go Lance! Congrats on your daughter winning the trapping supplies and I know you'll love setting up for muskrat and beaver this spring.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:50 pm

its was nice to talk with you guys! that's a nice barn shot teach!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:21 am

I want to thank everyone for adding pictures and stories to this sight. I haven't looked at the numbers to see how many come here to read what's going on but I do see the few that add to it. Thanks again and thanks to Lance for starting this post year after year. Congrats to you trappers that go out and do what you love regardless of the doom and gloom. I truly enjoy the no bs positive attitude we have on bobcatsrus, that's something nobody else offers and we can all be proud of. Keep it up!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:44 pm

Well went out Kenzi set all of her traps that she won at the Fur Sale! We will go check on Sunday.




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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:07 pm

Well no luck with the couple of traps we put out. I am going to do another run next week so Kenzi can have come fur to maybe put on the NAFA truck when it comes to town at the end of this Month. Going to have to do some reading and have gotten some tips from others on here on hot to catch rats... I am just out of my element dredging around in the water lol
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:50 pm

Looking at your first picture I can see at least three islands of cattail. Take a couple of old 2x8' 2 feet long or so and nail a trap chain to each end. (two traps per board) Put board in tule patch after you pull some down to make a bed which stabilizes the board. put a cut up apple, parsnip or carrot on board. make sure the water is at least 1 foot deep so they will drown. I would put one in each island.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:16 am

That sounds great Jim. I will make a couple of them before I go out next week. Do you use just a nail to stabilize the actual trap itself on the board? And same with the apple, parsnip and carrots so they don't just take it.... Kinda have to work the set for say? Thanks again I need all the help I can get lol
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:32 am

Jim's floats are deadly in the spring. Once rats start climbing on them, you won't need bait anymore.

Other good sets are den entrances and feed beds if present.

If none are there, in addition to floats, you can make a mud pie much like for beaver. Plop some stinky marsh mud on the bank right at the waters edge and place a trap under an inch of water right in front. Slick up the bank right above the trap. You can put a slice of apple or orange peel on the mud pie but the mud itself will get them.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:30 pm

We interrupt this thread for a brief fundraiser.

A member of our state association donated some traps. I'm trying to sell them. This first batch is 20 #3 Northwoods longsprings. They are in great shape, have good springs, and would make a great cat trap. If you aren't familiar with the Northwoods design, they are one of the only longsprings where the free jaw will lie flat regardless of the orientation of the springs -- bend either spring any way you want and the free jaw will lie flat.

Asking $8.50 each or buy the whole lot of 20 for $155.00 plus shipping. I have these on Tman as well so they will go fast.

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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:08 pm

Traps are sold. Told you that wouldn't take long. Watch for coil springs later this week.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:56 pm

I attach each trap to the end of the board. The trap is just sitting on the board, no nail. I like to put the traps close to the end of the board as I have watched hundreds of rats climb up mainly from both ends. Some of my boards have a finishing nail in the center to attach the parsnip. I very seldom use any bait. The main thing is to make the board fairly stable.

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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:32 pm

Folks, there's a legend right there. One day we will all be sitting around telling young whippersnapper trappers that we remember seeing pictures of the legendary Jim Curran trapping rats.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:30 pm

Boy thank you so much for the pictures and info Jim!! I will be setting a hole bunch just like that here next week. I just showed Kenzi the pictures and she said well that's what we need to do dad.... Where are we getting the wood? LoL I can't wait to get back out there with her and get some rats! She will get all of the money from these ones she has been saving up for a 4 wheeler. Girl hourds her money and makes me proud!

Again thank you very much!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:16 pm

Thanks for sharing Jim and John. My son caught his first rat setting a trap on an piece of steel stuck in the mud covered with rat droppings. They sure like to climb up on anything out in the water. Do you have to do anything to keep board in place in the cattails . Will they pull the board out of cattails into open water when caught?
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:41 pm

Rat trapping is a great way to introduce kids to trapping. Cause it is so productive.

Rats like to climb up on dry things to poop. Logs, wood planks, rocks, etc. Great places to catch them. They can't resist a float the right size and shape. And the rat comes to you instead of slogging through a marsh looking for each feed bed or den entrance. Sometimes one float will catch 30 or more rats without moving it.

Beaver are different and poop in the water versus high and dry. So floats are not as effective or used very much for the big rodents.

Muskrat floats come in various size and shapes. I will post a pic of ones that I make that can handle a lot of current and wind. And the traps are submerged. I use 1 1/2 coils and nail little wood guides on the trap platforms to stabilize the trap.

But a simple flat board with the trap on top as Jim posted works too. Most trappers stake the float in place with a long stick or fiberglass rod pushed into the mud. Sometimes a hole is drilled right through the middle of the float and the float rises and falls on the stake. (Willows make great stakes, just cut six feet lengths with a garden tool and tie an orange flag on it). Or a piece a wire forming a loop is stapled into the side of the float and the stake goes through the loop. Or the float may be wired or cabled to a bush at the waters edge in the pond. Or even use an anchor. I know a rat trapper who put cement into cans to make anchors and used long pieces of wire to connect the anchor to the float.

If the pond is small and water not deep, you probably don't need to worry about it. If the rats drags the float around, you can still find it and won't have to swim for it if less than 4 feet deep. But as a rule, staking it in place is the way to go.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:32 pm

The only draw back to floats especially in the spring is that ducks like to climb up on them also. Easy to release. If the tule cover is not heavy I will use a smaller board 12"-14" and only one trap to prevent hawks from seeing a caught rat and landing on the board. If the cover is thick enough I will pull them over the board to form a roof so they are more protected from soaring hawks.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:22 pm

Leo, way to lay the hammer to the rats! Spring break is right around the corner and I'm getting out with my kids this spring. I'll bet it is more enjoyable not bundled up with blowing snow Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:15 am

Well I wanted to get a test run in before I head back out the where I was last week so I went and set a place close to town yesterday morning and we went and check this morning when I got off work. Needless to say we had one happy little girl this morning. Thanks for all the info everyone. Can't wait to go again later this week.

Helping dad out. LOL
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:26 am

Those pics are awesome. The second one with your little girl offering a hand to pull you out of the muck is especially good.

Those muskrat glands can really soup up lure and bait. Rich Kaspars is a rat trapper from the Midwest and makes one of the best baits in the country and he puts a lot of glands in his bait.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:31 am

Good job Lance. We are continuing to live the trapping dream through your photos. Keep em coming.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:53 am

Lance, I love the pictures, way to enjoy the spring weather! Tell your daughter that Mason said good job!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:57 pm

Well had one heck of a fun day today. 16 rats and 1 mink. Mink came off of one of the boards Jim. Daughter was happy as can be!!


Sporting our new waders and finally getting some use out of my ice fishing sled.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:30 pm

looks good lance great job!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:02 am

Sounds like the old mink was out hunting muskrats also. Great pictures!!! Have you caught any in the floating live cage yet that is in your picture? I have two of those and only tried them a few times -no luck.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:57 am

Buddy of mine had that float and had never used it... Wanted me to test it out for him. I did catch 3 rats in it. Worked pretty good just kinda big and bulky to be lugging around.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:10 pm

If we ever get rats back in a few years I will have to try them again. The fellow that makes them catches thousands of rats from Moses Lake, WA where they can't use footholds. You can go to www.nongriptraps.com see how he set them.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:06 pm

Those trail camera videos of it are awesome! Wow.... On the price of that bad boy!! I guess when rats were $10 didn't take much to pay for it though. NAFA truck is coming through this Friday... Hopefully she will do well with them. I know this is going to be a yearly thing from now on too. She reminds me of how I get when I catch a coyote. Try and get her where she can set her own traps by next year.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:44 am

Great job dad teaching your daughter. I did see in the one pic where you were standing in the water. Kinda looks like cat country behind you?? Well done Lance. Yota looks pretty good too!
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:24 am

Matt I am standing in the middle of the road that has been washed out by beaver. I could probably still get over on a quad but didn't trap it this year. Last year this is the only cat i saw in this area. Did catch a red fox on that side last year though.
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PostSubject: Re: 2015-2016   Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:18 pm

Look at the fat belly on that cat. Might be where the beaver went.
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