So I must confess..this is my first go at lynx trapping. I'm a dog guy, and a pretty poor dog guy at that...so lynx, SHOULD BE easy right...haha, read on.
A couple days ago I laid some steel, 4 number 4 longs to be exact. 3 trails and one cubby in an area chock full of kitty sign.
Just going into this place gets your heart pumping....I let it sit a couple days to cool off, and check it this evening. Man alive, in the new snow, cats everywhere! Dang near drove into the ditch looking at tracks, a kid at xmas. First trail one of the big cats detoured down and turned back. My sets oh 200 yards away..dunno what happened there. The 2nd trail set had one wandering around looking for bunnies and didnt manage to walk down it far enough. My third set is a really impromptu cubby, (I'll get pics this weekend). A grouse wing, hunk of something smelly Al passed on to me and some pacific call spread liberally inside the cubby on a stick...stuff smells yummy. Reminds me of Deans old place on airport. I didnt walk down to it, the trap is chained to a tree....nothing in the trap.
The fourth, aaaah yes, the 4th trail set is right where I called from one night. Talk about a trail, holy toledo, I didnt think cats did this. Its a dirt mound pushed up by who knows what or how long ago, with a gap. Natural funnel and the cats are using it. If britches deep isnt enough to get you pumping, having one walking right to your set really gets ya all warm and fuzzy inside.
But the trap is still there, unsprung. The fresh snow told a tale that only gets better.
The cat stepped ON the pan, yes ON IT perfectly! But didnt set the trap. It than bounded oh a good 3 feet instead of its typical walk down the hill. I THOUGHT it was bead good, packed snow as best I could around the outside and wraped in wax paper, and covered with the perfect cat print on top. I was left scratching my head. A trap shy cat??? Never heard that before.
Now kids, dont do this at home. Remember number 4 long spring. I decided I'd feel for the pan just to be certain it hit the pan...thought maybe I was off on my print. I knew I wasnt. And about the time I noticed the wax paper making a ton of noise, SNAP goes that number 4 on my pointer finger on my liner gloves. That'll give ya smarts right there LOL!
Needless to say the trap wasnt froze down either. SO what gives? Other than admitting to something I shouldnt tell my bestest of friends....I've been cracking up all night about it. Did the cat hear that paper and vamoose? Maybe I had too much travel in my pan? This one fired on a hair trigger...though when setting a trail set, I hook the pan with my scoop so I know where its at while making my foot print. I'm thinking my hair trigger wasnt so hair, and the sound of the wax paper sent this kitty on its first trip to kittyhawk.
Too much fun, and one helluva good laugh! Not quite as good as pinching the palm of my hand on the spring of a mb750 the other day, just enough to give you some serious smarts. Relayed my evening with a wolf trapper friend of mine I dont get to talk too every often....after the laughing setteled down, he had two good stories, two seperate fellas with 330's on there arms........what we do for fun!