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    I have a bunch of boxes with 120 conibears in them. They are resting on running logs going up to trees. My bait is gone almost every time that I check them but I have only caught 1 ermine. Any suggestion on what to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcook33 View Post
    I have a bunch of boxes with 120 conibears in them. They are resting on running logs going up to trees. My bait is gone almost every time that I check them but I have only caught 1 ermine. Any suggestion on what to do?
    Turn a couple upside down with the trigger wires pointing up you will soon find out what is stealing your bait.

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    You could bend the ends of the trigger up and tie some fishing line or small diameter wire to make like a pizza slice.

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    Take the trigger and bend it 90 degrees. Attach hardware cloth or corrugated plastic to make a pan.

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    Most likely it's shrews that are cleaning you out. When I have this problem, I'll wrap my chunks of bait in a mesh or screen. The scent can still get out, and it keeps those little buggers at bay for a while.
    Pass it on, take a child hunting, fishing or trapping.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I will give them a try.

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    Shrew! Make a wire cage for your bait or hand your boxes higher. Good luck

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    I agree that it's most likely shrews, but another possibility is least weasels or small female ermine. They're small enough to slip past the trigger of a 120. If you're curious you could set a few boxes with ordinary rat traps to see if it's the smaller weasels.

    Shameless plug: I'm currently looking for least weasels, shrews, and other small mammals to buy for skulls and skeleton mounts.

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    Depending on how your trigger is set Birds can also be your culprit, although Shrews are a good possiblity. Check around your site for shrew or bird droppings. If you think it is shrews put a sticky trap next to your bait,and tack it down, then the thief becomes the bait.

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    I also would say shrews. They've been eating my bait almost as fast as I can put it in. I also had a coni get hung up in the box when a marten hit it, shrews got to it, had to put quite a few stitches in that one. I've had shrew droppings in nearly every box. This is the thickest I've seen them in a decade. Actually been thinking of setting mouse traps in the back of the boxes, at least the shrew would make for more bait.

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