Cecil

Attempts at capture of mink unsuccessful

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First saw this large mink come out from under a pier while walking the dog after the dog discovered his scent under the pier and started nosing around. Unfortunately was helpless to do anything about it as the gun was in the house. Watched him swim the length of a pond and disappear. 

Started setting traps and it's been like the cartoon the Willey Coyote and the Road Runner. Bait taken, trap not tripped. Bait gone and trap tripped with no mink. And one of the latest a live trap apparently trapped the mink but he chewed his way out. We are talking steel wire here! 

You can see in the photo where he left some of his fur. To the left and down is an opening created by chewing and bending the wire that cage is made of. Not shown to the left of that is an outward bulge created by the mink. 

This is one mean character to chew through metal!

 
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Latest saga is when he came running out of a burn pile I started burning. I thought I was ready for him as I brought out the shotgun just in case he came running out from under the pile as I set it a blaze. Sure enough it happened while I was distracted lightng the pile in strong winds. However the shotgun was not really close as I didn't want it to get burned. By the time I got to the gun and drew a bead on the animal is was half way across the pond on the ice and I only succeeded to blow hole in the pier!
 
He proceeded to go into a drain tile that was blocked on the other end. Sure thing now right? Set a trap at the opening and he had to go through it right? Came back the next day and the trap was tripped with no mink ... again!
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It's -6 F. today (-21.1 C.) this morning and the snow cover is not showing any mink activity nor are there any hits on the new "cubby" traps I built and baited with salmon. Maybe too cold for even mink to move?

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Mink are very cunning,smart and notoriously hard to trap.

Back in the 1950's I used to trap them and muskrats for their hides,and just about everything we trapped we ate.

Times were hard,and with 10 kids on a small farm hunting was a large part of your diet.

Nothing was wasted.Especially not ammo.Every shot had to count,so you learned quickly how to shoot straight.

Chances are good if you have seen mink,there are probably muskrat around too,they use the same trails and compete for the same resources.

If you haven't caught him yet, check out this link for proper traps:

https://www.trap-anything.com/mink-traps.html

Good luck,Wiley!

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On 2/11/2018 at 0:04 PM, bigpincher said:

Mink are very cunning,smart and notoriously hard to trap.

Back in the 1950's I used to trap them and muskrats for their hides,and just about everything we trapped we ate.

Times were hard,and with 10 kids on a small farm hunting was a large part of your diet.

Nothing was wasted.Especially not ammo.Every shot had to count,so you learned quickly how to shoot straight.

Chances are good if you have seen mink,there are probably muskrat around too,they use the same trails and compete for the same resources.

If you haven't caught him yet, check out this link for proper traps:

https://www.trap-anything.com/mink-traps.html

Good luck,Wiley!

Wiley,

Thanks for the response and the link. I've been watching for sign in the snow and on the ice and no tracks. We are due for a spring thaw in a week or two so I will be on the look out. I'm gong to probe for old muskrat openings in the bank and set traps in front of them all. Maybe I'll get a mink along with my baited land traps? 

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Hi Cecil

Be aware of the risk to catch pets (cats/dogs), if you set the trap in a pathway or opening above water.

Here in Norway, we are obligated to set the trap inside a box/tube, with a max opening radius of 10 centimeter, at the trap entry point, to use them legally above the waterline. 

cheers

     edit to add : there is some pics in this doc https://www.njff.no/jakt/Last nedsider for jakt skyting og hund/Last ned jakt/Minkjakt - tips fra SNOs fangsprosjekt på Smøla.pdf

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Ande,

I am quite aware as my parents and my sister walk two small lap dogs on a daily basis on my property. All our dogs here are walked on a lease and the traps have a bright red flag near them to mark where they are. Everyone stays clear of the traps. Any other dog or cat that comes onto the property is either a feral cat or a dog someone does not have restrained which they are supposed to by law. No liability on my property. 

BTW all my traps are inside tubes or boxes. Even the small lap dogs would have trouble getting to them. 

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