Numbers were low both for members and guests. The vendors were the same that always attend, but that's great it's good to catch up with them from year to year. This year was Callie's, my 11 year old daughter, first time at a rondy. She loved watching all the demos and going around smelling all the lures and baits. She can't wait till next years rondy and she is already planning her fall trap line. She wants to do a demo at next years convention, so that'll be something she works on till then. I really want to thank all the members of the MTA and attendees of the convention that took the time to talk to a little 11 year old girl and make the past weekend one she will remember for years to come. Good luck to everyone this fall, may your traps be full of sellable fur.
It's a lot less space taken up if you skin first. If you want the meat for bait, don't even worry about freezing it,just preserve it. The only thing I would freeze whole would be a taxidermy quality specimen.
Staying dry is a plus, I got soaked last year. 4 inches of water in my tent with a collapsed canopy made for a rough nights sleep. Thankfully I met some great folks that helped me out with some dry bedding and I was able to make it through the weekend. Can't wait till the next one.
Yeah I had a fun day planned with the wife on Friday and then school called Thursday and said Friday classes were canceled, Kids stayed home and spoiled my plans. Our roads are clear, the driveway not so much but we managed to get out today. We only got a skim layer no more than 1/8 inch or so. Nothing like they were predicting, but I think it stayed more to the south.
He's been lookin' and trappin' but aint having much luck. Had a few dig ups lately but think I caught the coons that were doing it. Took a walk around in the snow last week and found lots of tracks so I put in 6 sets. Hopefully I'll connect in the next few days. Now it's just a waiting game. Caught a coon Wednesday and another on Thursday, both big boars, sure wish prices were better on them. That makes 17 for the year.
Yeah my cat sets stick out like a sore thumb, but my coyote sets are usually blended in pretty good. Like Dale, most times I step back and think, Oh boy this one'll be hard to find if there's no catch. Usually the backing gives it away though. As for scents the most I'd use is a bait, lure, maybe some urine. Don't like using feathers for coyotes maybe a bone or stone.
I like what you said Dale, so many ifs. I've reworked all my triggers so I don't have to worry about covers and I tested tension with a scale so we're good there. It's not that I'm afraid of getting caught by my own trap, I just hate having to reset it because I set it off trying to bed/cover it. The year my traps really rusted over the summer was the year I used calcium chloride for anti freeze. After season I just put them in the shed in a tote without ever rinsing them off. This year was the first time trying a dye that wasn't a speed dip. I think I prefer the Speed Dip. There are so many things to always learn, I'd love to have made it to the school or many of the other events advertised on the site but due to distance, timing, or prior engagements I can never make them.
Thanks John. I'll probably redye my stuff at the end of this season and then before next year I'll clean them up and wax them all for the season. I could put them in a large tote and put some leaves in there for storage. I was using a tall kitchen trash can with ALICE straps and it works great for long hauls, this year I started using a trappers bag. It works great also but not as well on long hauls. A lot of my places I can't drive up to the best spots, so there's a lot of walking. I'd rather carry weight a distance on my back with my hands free. I throw everything in the basket though, the bait and lure is in a pouch on the outside. I usually do remakes with the same tools as a fresh set as well. I've been lacking on the use of foot guides because I didn't wanna make things look odd. One set I made I used a small clump of dirt as backing and something still approached from the backside, with the wind at it's back, and dug out the bait. So far its been a great year for coons, I've caught 16 without trying. Most of them were caught in K-9 sets recently. Wish coons were what they were 4 years ago.
I was afraid the totes might sweat and hold moisture. My shed flood gets wet-looking when it rains if it's real humid out. A lot of my tools got a nice layer of rust forming on them if there tools that don't get used much, the good ones go in the house.
What do you guys do with your traps between the time there boiled and the time you set them? I hang them to dry and air but what about hauling around on the line or from home to trapping grounds. I'm currently using a 5 gallon bucket or a milk crate now but I was curious as to other ideas. What about in the off season as well, how do you store them? I hate the idea of just leaving them hang outside all summer. I don't wax my traps, I'll probably try that next year, so they tend to rust up over the humid summer in the shed.
When I tried using poly, sometimes I'd find a set were something had pulled the poly from under the pan. Sometimes it was gone and other times it would just be slightly pulled from under the pan still sticking out of the dirt. That's from around the Macon Mo. area and around Winfield/Troy. Still got over half a bag of the stuff in the shed, it does make good flagging though. Couple tufts in a low tree branch can be seen from a long way off.
bverboy: yup.. joe told me so
Feb 25, 2017 19:20:11 GMT -6
raymond: I heard Joe was bringing an sr22 for everybody at his table . Thanks Joe .
Mar 4, 2017 15:15:34 GMT -6
Walleye Joe: You need your hearing checked Ray!
Mar 10, 2017 20:21:31 GMT -6
krank: He said "Lesser fun for you" not "SR22".....
Mar 14, 2017 11:29:03 GMT -6
farmnhunter: If you want to avoid feline, you can't use any meat or fish item or scent. Try a piece of black licorish covered by dairy feed, or lucky charms or corn/koolaid (mix 1 qt whole corn with a package of grape koolaid)
Apr 5, 2017 19:42:37 GMT -6