Just curiuos what is the purpose of the dye? Why are we darkening our traps when we are setting in white snow?
I understand some wax some dont......some of my older traps are waxed and used 2 years...I've reboiled them again this year more then a few times, there's still wax on them, though barely they are fast...is wax needed? does it help reduce the metal smell?
I am working the pans and dogs on some number 2 coils right now...just a few, making the stepped notch in the pan for that 'click'....nothign else better to do while boiling snares . All of these are dyed black. Do I need to clean them and re dye them? Or can I just reboil?
If you dont have to redye traps every year..how often do you redye?
My understanding is the dye is there to keep the traps from rusting to badily...other than that it serves no function.
If you dip in the gas mixtures..how long is recommended they sit before boiling and using?
Kinda stinks doing this mid season...I have a limited number of traps (always looking for more ....I have no martin traps if anyone has some 110's they'd part with?, or 2-3-4 coils or longs for dogs and cats, I dont need a ton, as I have a limited area itslef to trap...though I did find a new area no one is trapping and no one has trapped in years, I may check it out this weekend).....and my experience is minimal.....I've caught fur but very irregularly in years past, mostly in snares at that. WHen I finally figured my leg hold spots out, fur started getting stolen (close to town), quite flustering. Now I found some better hidy holes where people dont get out of their rigs and cant see my sets, but cant catch the fur....I'm mostly dog trapping. Got lynx all around me but so far no takers on anything....trail sets track sets, cubby, and some blind snares on hare trails.....Did managed to call one in, actually called in 5 last weekend, only saw one....stunning critters to say the least!
I'm boiling my snares in baking soda...shoudl I add spruce bows? I'm pouring water in to float the crud off the pot...oh 5 or 6 times a set till its boiling clean....this last set I think I Have to redo. I know better than to dye or wax them...is there any other way to get that metal smell out?
Lastly how long do you guys hang before setting? I'm boiling in winter...and setting a couple days later, is this adequte for both snares or legholds? I know longer may be ideal....got limited time and a small pot to boil in. That and I like calling also....cant spend every waking moment watching water boil haha.
Thanks for the prep tips...any and all tips are welcomed! I definatly can use all the help I can get....tomorrow off to my dog line and some calling.