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Old 09-25-2013, 11:40 PM   #1
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so this year ive added lots of new shiny traps to my line and i want to prepare them and was wondering if i should prepare my water traps differently then i do my land ones, is there a better way to di or conceal water traps?
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:47 PM   #2
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Myself and my trapping partner prep water and land traps the same way. Green dye and wax them we laminate the jaws helps with coons getting free
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:48 PM   #3
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do you boil the wax on?
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:01 AM   #4
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Yes that's the only way I've waxed traps
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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I use a cheap engine degreaser on my new traps to get the factory oil off. Dishwasher will work if you are allowed to. Then I will let them get a light coat of surface rust and then dye them in logwood crystals from a supply dealer. Walnut hulls work also.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:23 AM   #6
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We paint alot of our traps. Seems to work pretty good.
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I like to let traps set out side for a week or two get some rust on them then mix up water walnut husk in a clean metal barrel then then boil them for about 6 hours over a fire work the best the old trappers way nice n black when you pull them out if want to wax them put the wax in the barrel when liquid is hot when wax is melted it will be on the surface of the water die mix pull traps out one at a time
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:47 AM   #8
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For trap prep, I never wax my water traps. I have done this in the past and I have regretted doing it. I had a big problem with the traps being sprung with nothing in them. I believe the wax just allowed the trap to go off by itself. I now spray paint traps that will be set under water. I let them get a slight coat of rust and then paint with the ultra flat brown spray paint you can buy at Walmart. Make sure you do this early enough that the paint can fully cure. I have dipped them in the past as well. I always dye and wax the traps that I use in dry land sets. The wax helps keep your traps from severely rusting when you begin to use antifreezes such as salt when the ground begins to freeze.

You should also do a few improvements to the pan and dog. Take the pan off of the trap and file the sides, where the hole is, down so no sharp edges prevent the pan from falling. I recommend you file a night latch in all of your traps. Put the pan back in between the posts and square this up by taking pliers and squeezing the post on both sides. Put the bolt back in and tighten so the pan is tight, but falls freely.

I would also recommend center swiveling all of your traps.
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i like speed dip for my water line and full metal jacket for my land sets and snares
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