How Is Mink Trapping Done?


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Mink trapping is done by learning the habits of the animals and setting effective lure or bait traps. As minks prefer to hunt their own prey, fresh flesh tends to work as the best bait. Examples of good bait include rabbit and muskrat carcasses, minnows and fresh fish. Lure traps involve using fish oil or gland lures to attract minks and mink urine to eliminate human smells near the trap.

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Minks have specific routes that they follow. It is not uncommon for minks to travel over 10 miles in a day, but they tend visit specific spots on their routes. A trapper who memorizes these spots has better success when attempting to track down a mink.

Typical mink traps are the No. 1 1/2 coilspring, longspring, jump trap, No. 2 longspring, No. 11 Victor and the 110 Conibear. Traps can be used in both water or above ground. When placing a trap in water, a trapper must cover it loosely with vegetation and place it in a spot that the mink will pass on its route.

One of the most popular trap setups is the "den" trap. This involves setting the bait in an empty den or muskrat run, then hiding the trap at the entrance. Using a little bit of lure can help improve the efficiency of the trap.

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