Wooden and Metal Trapping Sifters

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Trapping Sifters are a must on any trappers line. Both the wood and metal sifter work well for the task. The metal sifter has a sharper edge so if you need to dig some nearby dirt it works really well. The wooden sifter is a bit more economical and a little smaller.

Wooden Trapping Sifter: 7 x 9 wood frame dirt sifter has a 1 / 4 mesh screen and features sturdy construction for long life and efficiency. A must have for any trapper!

Metal Trapping Sifter: The Metal Sifter is excellent for land trappers in making land sets. This sifter is 8″ x 10″

Wooden Trapping Sifter $9.80

Metal Trapping Sifter $11.15

Local Trapper Profile – Mike Midkiff

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Today we will be featuring one our our local trappers Mike Midkiff. Mike has over 30 years experience trapping in south Alabama. After taking a break for a few years he has gotten back into trapping with the fur market at all time highs. Mike has a full time job so he generally runs a line close to home so he can get up early and check the line before work and at night does all his work in the fur shed.

Mike has been running his line for 3 weeks and I have posted his results below. Majority of the sets he has used has been dirt hole sets.

22 – Raccoons
11 – Opossums
5 – Skunks
2 – Grey Fox
1 – Coyote

Baits and Lures Used:
Coon Catcher
Jack Mackerel
Black Magik Crayfish Bait
Predator Supreme Bait
K-9 Call Lure
Grey Fox 102
Canine Select
Coyote Urine
Otter Lure Supreme

Traps Used:
Duke 1.5 Coil Spring Foot Trap
Duke 1.75 Coil Spring Foot Trap

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
Ztrap ZCap – Click Here
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.

Groundhog Trapping Tool – How To Video

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Ground Hog 3-in-1 Trapping Tool is a trowel, hammer and hoe all in one tool. Approximately 20″ long, weighs 3 pounds. All metal construction. This is the most useful trapping tool you can own. I personally use it myself. Perfect for digging trap beds, dirt holes and pounding in trap stakes. Unique feature allows you to dig a perfect dirt hole while removing the dirt with one twist of the tool. Awesome tool for your trapline.

Groundhog Trapping Tool $21.19

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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

REVISED 2014 AUCTION SCHEDULE
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. www.nafa.ca