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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #135 - May 11th, 2015 at 2:04am
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Reply #136 - May 25th, 2015 at 4:34am
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Saw another recipe for cleaning rust which is molasses with water on a 1:9 ratio.[10 per cent solution by volume of molasses in water (1 part molasses to 9 parts water) The dude bought the horse molasses from Farmlands. The article is in the Shed magazine April/May pg 6.
  
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Reply #137 - May 25th, 2015 at 5:02am
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wonder if the sweetness would give you a high rat kill?
  
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Reply #138 - May 25th, 2015 at 8:25am
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Some of our DOC250s at the Park are getting a bit scungy inside - might be general dampness or might be some of the Connovation Salmon spray I squirt around
I see one of your pics Chris, you had a scrubbing brush beside your gear - do they need a scrub out now and again - or does that just upset the sweat smells of deceased rats and hogs
We have now kill trapped 131 Possums, 200 Rats and 20 Hogs - God knows how many killed with bait - but still haven’t touched a stoat or ferret 


I saw a cat up the farm a week back so set a cage - didn’t get the cat but got a quarter grown kitten - bound to be a few more of them with Mum but too much travel for me to operate a cage and check it daily so I need another solution - get lucky with a 22 while I am working up there or try a kill trap
I picked up some No6 Fenns on TM a few months back but have only used a couple in dry culverts to clean up some rabbits - but also caught some Hogs - so gave up - can anyone think of a suitable housing for some Fenns that might catch a cat
  
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Reply #139 - May 25th, 2015 at 10:00am
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good tally there Cruz Cool
once a year over winter i would give every trap on my lines a good clean.
i carry a paint scraper and remove the internal mesh and give the whole inside of the box a good scrape out.
then the traps get a good scrub with a wee wire brush, especially any rusty areas.
a scrub in the creek if theres one handy then a good all over oiling with lanolin oil.
especially any moving parts.
traps last better and trigger more reliably if they are well maintained.
  
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Reply #140 - Oct 27th, 2015 at 6:04am
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hopfully taking this guy out mite save a few ducklings and pheasant chicks, caught in a doc 200 trap near the dam that i shoot on.
  
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Reply #141 - Oct 27th, 2015 at 6:22am
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its a "good ferret" now Wink
  
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Reply #142 - Oct 27th, 2015 at 7:47am
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bit off topic but caught a tom cat using tuna as bait  Wink
  

duck fever: disease duck hunters commonly suffer from during the off season.
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Reply #143 - Jan 17th, 2016 at 10:27pm
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Thought I would give this thread a refresh - it’s too good to get lost
Lots of young quail around at present - easy meat for any predator
I saw a hen pheasant fly yesterday - young chicks calling for her to come back - which she did - easy for a predator to track them down with all the noise
I checked most of my traps and bait stations - one lousy rat in about fifteen traps and buggar all bait moving - cats and possums have all gone - so it all gets a bit boring - wish I could catch some stoats
I quite like the Snap-E traps - bit safer on fingers than the Victors - will have to replace most of my Victor traps in boxes as they have gone rusty
Hope you trappers have some success stories out there to motivate people



  
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Reply #144 - Jan 18th, 2016 at 5:46am
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I enjoy your posts Cruz.

Been slow in my traps this year, I had not checked them for a couple of weeks and found a very manky hedgehog   Embarrassed
  
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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #145 - Jan 18th, 2016 at 5:58am
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Salmoner wrote on Jan 18th, 2016 at 5:46am:
I enjoy your posts Cruz.

Been slow in my traps this year, I had not checked them for a couple of weeks and found a very manky hedgehog   Embarrassed
                                    Hedgehogs go manky in 24hrs i put a spike through them to get them out of the doc traps and turn my nose off. Wink
  
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Reply #146 - Jan 18th, 2016 at 8:09pm
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I put a few DOC200s around my ponds a few months ago. Caught my first stoat this week! Hopefully that means there aren't too many around .....
  

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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #147 - Jan 18th, 2016 at 10:32pm
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Cruz'
What they do down here with the' victors' is to use lanoline spray oil and a bronze wire brush[think tooth brush size] and give them a good scrub up every now and then.
Some traps are years old and still catching.
  

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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #148 - Jan 19th, 2016 at 12:59am
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[quote author=7246555A575D476B7B4646340 link=1378501783/70#70 date=1389949536]Constructed the first couple of traps today – a bit rough so maybe some variations tomorrow
Couldn’t buy any square mesh so had to settle for a viewing hole with some netting
The box is 400mm long – made of 150*20*1200 palings – all glued and nailed
Got the trap positioned close to the entrance hole so he might jump on the foot plate
Started off with an egg and a chicken drumstick for bait couldn’t see any bunnies so fresh meat may have to come later
Total cost of a trap was $3 for the wood and $5.50 for the trap – nails, glue and other bits sitting on the shelf – plus a bit of time



Thanks for the advice threeoeight - I am going to bring in my first ten boxes for maintenance - will wire brush the traps and give them some lube - might save some concerned looks from my wife about buying more trap gear
I am going to knock out the end with the small hole and convert that end to steel mesh - will take the wire netting off the other end to give them a larger entry hole - will convert the top to a screw latch instead of the silly wire hooks
I am sick of getting down on my knees to see if there is anything in a trap box
I am also going to open up the steel mesh entry openings on all my other trap boxes (250s etc) - I reckon two pieces of mesh out each way is not quite enough - hogs are really having trouble getting in and I am having real trouble getting them out
Also been reading back through the two threads on stoat trapping - I am going to find some ponga logs and set up some Fenns like “Traps” showed us in Stoat Trapping Notes - tunnel - trap - tunnel and no stinking bait - might even try a few Fenns in culverts now the rain has stopped
  
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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #149 - Jan 19th, 2016 at 5:42am
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Lanolin oil works real well in my experience.
I carry a pair of pliers, oil and a small wire brush and clean up the traps as I go.
Once a year they get a real good on site clean up.
  
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