Muskrats in a pond

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  1. countryboy3006

    countryboy3006 6 pointer

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    I recently got permission to trap a pond that has some muskrats in it. I have never done any water trapping but I got a half dozen 110s and a couple No 1 and 1 1/2 long and coil spring traps. I also made a couple colony traps from videos I saw on you tube. I was gonna try to get a few sets in for the last week and see what happens. The pond has been frozen for a while so I haven't been able to see under to look for runs or bank dens. They have a hut made on one bank and there is one part of the pond that is not frozen and has a couple trees laying over where it looks like they have been feeding on. Anyone have any advice on what would be the best sets to put out? Most of what I have seen and read has said to use carrots or apple for bait. Is there anything else that would work? Trying to get sets out quick and throw everything I can think of at them since the season is almost over.
     
  2. Nock

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    Ear corn works as well.
     
  3. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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  4. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

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    Pretty sure that's rabbits
     
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  5. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    You are right. Fur was below this. Feb 28th last day.
     
  6. Feedman

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    Whatever happened to " Muskrat Love"
     
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  7. Thumb Catcher

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    If you have trees laid over and there chewing on them you have Beavers, as well as Muskrats
    from what you described
    Post pictures
     
  8. Trapper Delk

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    Ice is good way to see trails look for bubbles all in a row they will lead to bank dens , break ice set 110 there, I know there's snow on but should sweep back enough to see,. I caught 54 one year in pond...
     
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  9. Nock

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    I took it as they were getting out on the tree to feed. Or are you saying they are eating the bark on the tree?
     
  10. countryboy3006

    countryboy3006 6 pointer

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    Correct they are climbing on the trees and feeding there. I tried looking for bubbles but the ice was too cloudy to see through. I ended up cutting a couple holes around their hut and setting some 110s there with bait under the ice this past weekend. No luck yet but hopefully the ice will melt a little bit and make it a little easier to see something. I did break a couple holes around the trees they are feeding on to see if that would let them get back to them.
     
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  11. rcatron

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    Caught my first muskrat yesterday in a colony trap. Same as you said, I couldn't see through the ice after the rain (top 1/2" was just slush), but found a spot that looked like some bubbles. I couldn't believe it worked. Had my 3 year old son with me and he was pumped. I can't wait to get out there today to check again. I can definitely see how this becomes addictive
     
  12. Trapper Delk

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    Here's one more tip when things are frozen over for a long time walk banks of ponds slowly and look for vent holes where they den up most times it'll be very small but if there's a heavy frost it'll be melted around it, straight in front should be a hole under water.
     
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  13. rcatron

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    1 more muskrat yesterday. Ice finally thawed around the edges and I was able to find 2 really good looking runs, so I'm anxious to get back out. Amazing how much better skinning the second one went. My 6 year old daughter was quick to point out that I wasn't nearly as good as the people on youtube hah
     
  14. countryboy3006

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    The ice finally thawed out yesterday where I could get some better sets in and find some bank dens. I ended up catching one while I was setting a trap on an entrance that was about 5 ft from it. Hoping to have a few more today.
     
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  15. Trapper Delk

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    Look for toilets, could be big clump of grass or a log that has droppings set a 1½ long spring/coil spring just under the water there
     

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