Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
North Dakota Furtakers Educational Manual
Factory condition traps need to be cleaned and processed before dyeing. To get
the oil and grease off new traps you need to boil them in a large container
filled with water and baking soda. Boil the traps for 30 minutes to 1 hour then
rinse them off with clean water. Leave the traps outside until they get a light
coat of rust on them at which time they are ready for dyeing. The rust will
help the dye adhere to the metal. For dyeing traps fill a barrel with sufficient
water to cover the traps. Add trap dye as recommended on the package. Trap dye
can be obtained from a trapping supply house and usually 1 pound of dye is used
for each 4 to 5 gallons of water. The dye water is brought to a boil and allowed
to simmer for an hour or so. After the traps have taken a good blue-black color
take out and let them air dry. After the traps have cooled down store them where
they will not come in contact with any foreign odors.
Here is a list of other tools for the land trapper. You will need stakes,
a trowel or small shovel, dirt sifter, hammer, pack basket or pail, hatchet
and a good pair of gloves.
For the water trapper the list is almost the same, but a few extra items
such as hip boots or waders, rubber gloves, wire, pliers and a retrieving
hook. An ice cutter may be needed as well.
Next you will need bait and lure to attract the animal to your set. A beginning
trapper is always better off if he buys his bait and lure from a reputable
source. There are many good brands of bait and lure on the market. Try the
different lures until you find what works best for you and your area.
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