Coil Spring Trap Setters

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Are you tired of trying to set your coil spring traps with just your hands. Try the Coil Spring Trap Setter. Handles slip over trap’s levers to make setting strong traps easy. Fits all size coil spring foot traps through #4’s.

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Here is a video that shows you how to use the coil spring trap setters.

Snares and Snaring Book by Raymond Thompson

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Written, edited and published by Raymond Thompson, this book details his experience and knowledge of snaring. These seventy pages, with many illustrations, describe what equipment to use and how to use it. Also includes information regarding habits of animals, sets to use adn how to set snares. Read about the history of Thompson Snares and how steel wire came into use in the snaring industry. 70 Pages. Paperback.

This is the best book you will ever find on snaring. I highly recommend it.

Snare and Snaring Book $ 14.80

Dog Proof Raccoon Trapping – Ztrap Dog Proof Coon Trap

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The Dog Proof Raccoon Trap is one of the best selling raccoon traps on the market and we decided to test out the Ztraps version and make a video for our customers. In this video we used all three color variations of the Ztrap. They come in White, Brown and Camouflage. We used 9 total traps ( 3 of each color ) at 3 separate locations.

We baited the traps with a mixture of corn, high protein dog food, marshmallows and Coon Catcher Lure. Traps were staked down with Berkshire Disposable stakes and attached to the cable with a quick link.

The traps were left out for 5 days and we caught 2 opossums and 3 raccoons. The three coons were caught on a brown, white and camo trap. Take a look at the video below at the 5:00 mark for raccoons caught.

Ztrap Dog Proof Raccoon Traps – Click Here
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Berkshire Diposable Stakes – Click Here
Coon Catcher Lure – Click Here

Trappers Hide Tanning Instructions

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Trapper’s Hide Tanning Formula allows easy home tanning of all fur skins and deer hides. It produces a soft, supple Indian-style tan in 5-7 days, and is pre-mixed and ready to use.

Trapper’s Hide Tanning Formula comes in an 8 oz. bottle and tans all fur skins — raccoon, fox, coyote, muskrat, mink, beaver, squirrel, rabbit, etc; and tans deer either hair-on for a rug or mount or hair-off for bucksin leather. Also tans elk, moose, caribou, bear………and even snakeskin.

One bottle will tan two medium sized fur skins or one deer hide. Elk, moose, caribou and bear require 3 to 6 bottles.

Click Here To Order Trappers Hide Tanning Formula $10.00

Directions: Follow steps carefully for best results

1. For best results, start with fresh, green skin. Carefully scrape or cut off all meat and fat until skin is very clean. If applicable, skin out ears and paws, split tail. If skin has been dried, you should first soak in plain water, just long enough to soften. (For red or grey fox use salt water, ½ lb. salt/gal. at room temperature.)

2. To tan hair-on: Salt the flesh side with TABLE SALT. Work PLENTY OF SALT into entire hide including ears, paws, etc. Fold salted hide flesh on flesh, roll up and leave 24 hrs. Then scrape off old salt and repeat with clean salt for another 24 hrs. Then scrape off salt again and go to Step 4.

3. To tan hair-off: (e.g. buckskin) Immerse hide in plain water. NO SALT. Change water daily until hair loosens (usually 4-6 days of deer or elk). Pull or scrape off hair is removed. Rinse well in clean water and go to Step 4

4. Prepare a salt bath by mixing 1\2 lb. of table salt per gal. of hot water. (For hair-off tanning only, e.g. buckskin, add 1 capful of Clorox per 5 gall. of salt bath). Mix salt bath thoroughly and let cool. Then Immerse hide 6-8 hrs. (except red or grey fox just 15 min.). Remove, rinse in cool water and drain.

5. Using a sharp knife, thin skin as much as possible, removing any remaining membrane. A wire wheel can be used if skin is allowed to almost dry first.

6. After skin is thinned, wash in warm water with liquid dish soap (e.g. Dawn) to remove salt and grease. Very greasy skins such as raccoon, beaver and bear should be washed twice with dish soap to remove all grease. Then hang to drain

7. Warm Hide Tanning Formula (HTG) by sitting bottle in pot of hot tap water for 30 min. The skin should be at room temperature, semidry, but still moist and flexible. Shake warm HTF well and apply an even layer to the flesh side. Apply with paint brush, or by hand wearing rubber gloves. Massage firmly into all areas of the skin.

8. Fold the skin flesh side unto itself and leave overnight (12-16 hours). If it is a cased skin, just turn it fur out and hang at room temperature, away from direct heat. This will allow the fur to dry while the hide is tanning. After this 12-16 hr. tanning time, open the flesh side to the air (or if a cased pelt, turn the flesh side out again) and let dry slowly over 2-3 days. As it dries, periodically pull and stretch the skin until it is completely dry and soft. If the skin is still stiff in a few spots, dampen those areas with warm water, reapply warm HTF and repeat.

9. OPTIONAL: When the skin is fully tanned and dry it can be thinned further with a wire wheel or coarse sandpaper if a higher degree of suppleness is desired. Also, pulling the tanned hide back and forth over a tight rope works very well for softening.

Wild Fur Pelt Handling Guide by NAFA

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Here is a great Guide to Wild Fur Handling by North American Fur Auctions. Here is NAFA aution schedule from their website.

Last Receiving Dates

Last Receiving Dates
February Sale: LRD January 6, 2014
April/May Sale: LRD March 10, 2014
June/July Sale: LRD May 5, 2014

February 17 – 23, 2014 (On show Feb. 12 – 16)
April 28 – May 3, 2014 (On show April 23 – 27)
June 27 – July 2, 2014 (On show June 22-26)

Credit: NAFA – North American Fur Auctions. 2013.

Berkshire Disposable Stakes – How To Video

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Berkshire Disposable Stakes are excellent for all sizes and types of traps, including cage traps, snares, and is perfect for anchoring rodent bait boxes in place. Has no weld that can break, can be reused.

You can purchase just the stakes or you can purchase the stakes with a 15″ cable already attached. The standard stakes are great for normal soil conditions, the heavy duty are for hard ground or frozen ground and the softground stakes work best in real sandy or swampy conditions.

In the video demonstration below I use a Stake Driverto drive the stakes in the ground. This stake driver is highly recommended for the Berkshire Staking System.

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Tan Your Hide Book

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If you are looking for a book that explains how to tan your hide then this is the perfect book. Tan Your Hide is a step-by-step guide to making vests, belts, and wallets by home-tanning and hand-working furs and leathers. Complete with Illustrations ! 144 Pages

Tan Your Hide Book $8.50

In The Fur Shed DVD $30.00

In The Fur Shed DVD

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Here is an really good dvd by Kyle Kaatz & Brian Steines. This DVD is great for a beginner learning the proper techniques of fur handling.

In the Fur Shed: A Complete Video Guide to Fur Handling with Kyle Kaatz & Brian Steines Join Kyle Kaatz and Brian Steines to learn their methods of handling muskrats, mink, raccoon, otter, beaver, opossums, coyotes, and fox. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced fur handler you’ll gain valuable insights! Properly handled fur is always in demand. Take advantage of additional markets and higher prices by learning to skin, flesh, and stretch your catch. With spring beaver trapping in full swing, gain the knowledge you need to maximize your fur check!

In The Fur Shed DVD $28.50

How To Wax Traps

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We get many calls about waxing traps and I have put together this article and video in hopes that it will answer any questions you might have. In this video we used two different methods of waxing traps. We used the Double Boiler Method System and the Traditional Method of using your existing logwood solution. Both methods work well it just depends and whichever you prefer. I personally prefer the double boiler method. I feel like it does a better job.

How To Wax Traps

Benefits of Waxing Traps: Waxing your traps will help keep the odor of the dye down to a minimal level so not to spook off any wary target animals, it will also help speed your trap up and it will operate much smoother. Waxing traps will help protect your traps when you are using any antifreeze or salt that would cause corrosion to the trap.

Choosing Trap Wax: When choosing a trap wax make sure that you get a trap wax that has no beeswax in it. The beeswax will cause the wax on your trap to harden and chip in cold conditions. I recommend the Petes Best Trap Wax that can be found in 1 lbs. and 5 lbs. bars. If you are using the Double Boiler Method then you will need 5-10 lbs. of wax. The traditional method you can use the 1 lbs. bar of wax.

Trap Dye: You will need to make sure you have dyed your traps. Instructions on Dyeing your traps can be found on our previous post with video. How To Dye Your Traps

1. Double Boiler Method: If you decide to use the double boiler method you will need a heat source ( I used a Fry Daddy Stand), 2 Pots ( 1 smaller than the other so it can fit inside with about 1-2 inch apart), small metal spacer (to put in the bottom of the 1st pot so the 2nd pot doesn’t sit directly on the bottom) and Wax.

The reason behind using two pots and boiling water is so that your wax does not heat up till the point of catching fire. Wax is very flammable and it has a low flash point. By heating the wax up with the boiling water you know that the wax will never reach its flash point and catch fire. Water Boils at 212 degrees. The flash point of wax can range from 250 to 400 degrees.

2. Before dipping traps in dye solution make sure you put a nail or stick in between the jaws to hold them open.

3. Once you have your wax at a liquid state then you can dip your trap in the wax. I would leave the trap in the wax for 2 minutes then take your trap out and hang it up to cool off.

1. Traditional Method Using Existing Logwood Solution You have your logwood solution already heated up so you can place a bar of wax in the solution and let it melt. At that point just dip your traps in the solution and pull your traps back through the wax that should be sitting on top of the water (wax floats on water even in liquid form)

2. Before dipping traps in dye solution make sure you put a nail or stick in between the jaws to hold them open.

3. Once you have your traps hung up and cooled off then you can place them in a container with leaves and your all done !

Logwood Trap Dye Powder

Logwood Trap Dye Liquid

Trap Wax