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Reply #15 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 10:40am
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I presume you have checked out your proposed trapping area,so you should have  reasonable knowledge of the terrain and expected numbers.For the distance you indicated I would be inclined to walk in, make two or three trips to get your gear in, and set up a comfortable camp.Helicopter hire will eat your profits very quickly. Nothing worse than working off a dead horse. As others have already said, use tape if you can't follow your trap line.Put the $ into buying another 50 good quality traps, you are going to be there to catch enough to make a living.Put time into your trap sets, trapping is hunting. Forget that spacing stuff, at times you may have several traps within fifty yards. Don't take much flour, if any . Try Using corflute 6inches x 4 inches. Take some liquid lure,aniseed, lemon, eucalyptus aniseed. Mix it with water in there and just spray it on.Much lighter to pack in, and reusable. plus you won't need that unsightly tape. Hey good on you for having a go. There is so so much to learn,the first eleven years or so will be the most trying however once you have made it through to there it becomes easier.
  
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Reply #16 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 10:42am
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I presume you have checked out your proposed trapping area,so you should have  reasonable knowledge of the terrain and expected numbers.For the distance you indicated I would be inclined to walk in, make two or three trips to get your gear in, and set up a comfortable camp.Helicopter hire will eat your profits very quickly. Nothing worse than working off a dead horse. As others have already said, use tape if you can't follow your trap line.Put the $ into buying another 50 good quality traps, you are going to be there to catch enough to make a living.Put time into your trap sets, trapping is hunting. Forget that spacing stuff, at times you may have several traps within fifty yards. Don't take much flour, if any . Try Using corflute 6inches x 4 inches. Take some liquid lure,aniseed, lemon, eucalyptus aniseed. Mix it with water in there and just spray it on.Much lighter to pack in, and reusable. plus you won't need that unsightly tape. Hey good on you for having a go. There is so so much to learn,the first eleven years or so will be the most trying however once you have made it through to there it becomes easier.
  
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Reply #17 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 10:42am
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Reply #18 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 11:05am
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You don't have to say everything  twice bon.
  

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Reply #19 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 11:13am
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Reply #20 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 11:13am
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Reply #21 - Apr 15th, 2019 at 1:19pm
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I like the comment from Bon that "trapping is hunting" and "sometimes you may have several traps within fifty yards". Has kind of made me change the way I was looking at the setting of my traps.
I'm definetly keen to stay away from areas that have weka and kiwi so I don't have to elevate my sets.

Seeing as I'm so green the plan has always been to take in 50 traps on the first trip and come to grips with the terrain and setting the traps and recovering the fur etc. Then to take another 50 traps in on the next trip and do a line off 100 and just work from there.

I like the idea of spreading the traps further so as to keep them catching longer. While being aware as Bon mentioned that some areas based on the sign will require more traps in a smaller area. It's more walking but as Salmoner said it's about possums in traps.

Gonehuntin- This is my fifth post so will be able to PM after this. (thanks for the offer).

So much to learn and i can't wait to get started.

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Reply #22 - Apr 19th, 2019 at 5:40pm
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Not to stir the pot too much but..
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and then..

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Reply #24 - Apr 19th, 2019 at 5:43pm
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Reply #25 - Apr 20th, 2019 at 11:36pm
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Kickstart has been at the single malt again. Cheers!
  
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Reply #26 - Apr 21st, 2019 at 10:56am
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Waiting on an invite.  Grin
  

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Re: Wannabe Possum Trapper
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I trapped possums in the 80’s every weekend I could, and loved it so much it’s been on my bucket list to do full time ever since.
Get on you tube and look up a couple of channels. Keeping it wild and Bryan Ritchie.
Also Paul Micheals has a good podcast with Shay Williamson (from keeping it wild).
DONT commit to a block until you’ve walked in there and spent a few nights scoping it out.
If you want to make money you’ll probably need a half decent block and 100+ traps.
Make sure you can get round your block in any weather.
Use a mountain radio.
Use a chopper to get your stuff in. You’ll live a lot more comfortably.
Talk to the pilot about getting your stuff back out later, he should be able to give you a good deal if he’s already passing your camp.
Be prepared to run your trap line where the possums are. The ridges may not always be the best spot.
Put your traps on the runs and the feed or play trees, not 50m spaceings.
Take plenty of flour, you can make bread and scones and pancakes with it.
Put you dry fur in those sealable buckets from mitre 10.
  
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