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Working and Trapping
Like most trappers, I work 5 days a week 7a.m. to 3p.m. All traps are ran after work. I use an ATV and have for the last 2 seasons, it really helps a lot. This past season I was running on 5 farms when the season opened. I would pull on the the first farm around 4 p.m. and most evenings I would pull in to the house around 10-11p.m.
Running the line
The way I run my lines is, on the weekends I set as many sets out as I can run. Through the week I make sure the sets are working and if I have any catches I remake them and move on. On the days I don't have catches I try to add sets in spots where I have seen tracks and sign. The first week of the season this year I was running 87 sets after the first week. 40 some sets being put in opening day and the rest I put in over the week. I try to set as much on each property as I can and I will run that property for about 3 weeks. I pull everything I can then pick up and move on to the next. Later in the season I will go back and see what kind of sign is showing up on the property I trapped at the beginning of the season. I have learned that animals move around and at different times through the season some spots tend to pick up more animals then others. There is no need to trap the same piece of land for 4 months if you can get in and set the right spots pull the fur and move on to better ground. Then maybe a month or two come back and check and see if new animals have moved in or not.
After the catch
On the evening I do not have a big catch I would skin and put up that evening. Most of what I catch gets skinned and goes to the freezer through Nov & Dec., then come Jan after deer season is over and the lines slow down some I start laying out fur to work on the weekends. That systym seems to work good for me. I will run traps at daylight and then get back and put up what I caught that day and then start working on fur I have layed out. I have picked up a few tips for fur that goes in the freezer. I will roll up all fur, fur side out, go from the tail to the nose. I will lay them in the freezer with the nose on top. I do this so when I pull the fur out to thaw I can hang them up from the nose and let the weight of the hide help pull them down as they thaw out. This way helps them to thaw out faster.
The bigest way to have a line that work for you is to try different things and see if it helps you. I have tried a lot of stuff that did not work for me but at the same time I have picked up stuff that I never would have thought would work and it turned out to be a good thing.