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3 years 4 months ago #137 by DuaneFronek
DuaneFronek replied the topic: Wolf Hunting
When waxing just dip in the melted wax and leave in the wax til the white disappears on the trap which basically is wax that hardened on the cold steel, once the trap warms up the white goes away and you'll have a nice even coat of wax. The wax acts as a rust preventative and adds lubrication. The reason for rusting a trap is so the dye will adhere to the steel, but dyeing really isnt neccesary imo and on new traps I just wash and wax. Dyeing comes in handy with water trapping as the trap is more exposed and dying the trap helps coceal it. I dont wax any part of my wolf fangs, I'll just clean them up to get factory oils off just like the traps, but being they are gonna be so far in the ground scent isnt a problem. Tags you can put on before or after waxing it doesnt really matter, as for the quick links I dont usually wax them, I just ziploc the bunch in a bag and use as I need them. As for steel smells, I dont worry about it, there are so many rusted and steel things in the ground canines pass over everyday like old fence wire, cans, old tractor parts etc. its a natural thing out there. The main thing is bedding solid, get in and set as fast as you can and move on. A lot of trappers tend to over think and give the animal more credit than they deserve,lol, but they are just a critter with habits. I use to over think and be paranoid about every detail, but when I realized it wasnt rocket science and relaxed and paid more attention to what the animal was telling me, things started falling into place. Always keep it simple, I think you'll do good. Good luck ;)

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3 years 3 months ago #138 by aellingson
aellingson replied the topic: Wolf Hunting
Hello there- I suppose everyone's busy gearin' up for the trapping season. I'm trying to finish up my order in time for the 10/15 wolf opener. It'll be here before we know it:

Several different brands of 'wolf fangs' on the market. Any recommendation? May not matter, but I think I once heard the Wolf Creek brand are the best.

Black or white wax...I think either is fine.

Anyone out there boil new traps in water, perhaps w/ a little lye, prior to dipping or waxing? I own a powerwasher so that may work just fine.
I likely won't dip this late in the game, but I see they do make a couple dips now that don't require mixing w/ a petroleum based product: 1) FMJ, 2) Dakota Line Trap & Snare Dip. I've never talked to anyone that used them.

Any recommendations on a trowel? A trowel of course can be used for digging the dirt hole, along w/ starting to bed the trap. I see they make various drill bits for punchin' holes quick. I suppose just angle it a bit and boar away! I'm no sure what depth or diameter the hole should be. Various options, w/pros and cons to everything I guess. A person must decide what tools to use to make a dirt hole, what to use as a trowel, then decide what kind of hammer to get. Those fancy little 1.5" OD manual Dirt Hole Punches are kind of intriguing for making a dirt hole. Either way, some sort of trowel'd still be needed tho for digging the bed. Originally I was thinking just a cheap little Wal-Mart handheld plastic scooper that I own. The old fashioned type 22" yo ho would work too I guess.
I see they make some pretty fancy hammers for not a ton of money, maybe better than buying a cheap claw hammer.
Perhaps you've saw all the different dirt sifters F & T sells. Decisions, decisions. :cheer:

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3 years 2 months ago #160 by aellingson
aellingson replied the topic: Wolf Hunting
Thanks for the advice early on Duane. It helped, but despite some close calls I'm still in pursuit of the wiley wolf (in zone 6 now). Any strategic suggestions for trapping in snow? I'm a rookie remember. We are snow covered now and w/ the temps forecasted, it appears it may stay for now. I arrowed a buck Saturday night so now w/ meat in the freezer ALL emphasis is on wolf trapping :)

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3 years 2 months ago #162 by WWH Admin
WWH Admin replied the topic: Wolf Hunting
Kudos on the Deer, aellingson. Not to change the subject, but how much snow did you guys end up with up there last night?

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3 years 2 months ago #163 by aellingson
aellingson replied the topic: Wolf Hunting
Thanks.
3 to 4". Cold weather forecasted though, so it probably won't be melting anytime soon. Hopefully those wolves will have to work harder to find food, thus travelling more and maybe finding 1 of my dirt holes.

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3 years 2 months ago #166 by WWH Admin
WWH Admin replied the topic: Wolf Hunting
Yep, and thats hopefully just enough to do it. ;)

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