Post by marshwalker on Oct 15, 2012 23:09:30 GMT -5
do any of yall store yalls traps in drums of water during the off season? Everyone down here always would throw their traps in a drum of water after the season was over.. then they would put moss on top of the water on the drum... and the traps would sit there until the next season... when we would pull the traps out, they would be jet black and ready to go... I know times change and people do different things, but is this still common? Excuse my lack of knowledge...i never was a full time trapper but did trap as a youngin with my family... Thanks!!
Born and raised on the bayou... it'll never leave my veins
Post by Eric Cottrell on Oct 16, 2012 8:55:22 GMT -5
I have never heard of anyone leaving traps in water during the offseason. When I was a kid, my Dad always dipped all his coon traps in used moter oil and hung in the shed till the next year. I just keep mine in the shop stored in plastic tote tanks. Been doing that for 20+ yrs. Just before season starts, I'll go through them all and tweak and tune to be ready to go for the openner.
Post by marshwalker on Oct 16, 2012 11:14:21 GMT -5
I hear ya.... well I also remember boiling some with oak leaves and bark sometimes...but I remember everyone having the drums for the traps.. one of my uncles who trapped probably had 7-800 traps and all were always in those drums until the season... I helped him a few times get them ready... we'd pull them out about 100 at a time... open and close them, check the dogs and chain and then slide the ring on the end of the chain down a rope.... we'd haul the rope with all the traps to his boat and off he went... he'd set about 100 each day until all were out during the season and move them around as needed...