We asked camo associate Dalton for some tips for the upcoming trapping season, here's what he said:
-Prevent your scent from being around the trap
-Use twigs and branches to make a funnel point
-Make sure you use proper bait and traps depending on what you're looking to catch. For example, marshmallows work for raccoons, while things like otters and beavers take stink bait
-To trap beaver, put the trap around beaver lodges near their mudslide, or where they come in and out of the water. That goes for otters too.
-Always make sure traps are secured to a strong branch or something, and make sure your name and phone number are on it!
-Kona bear traps, or box traps, can be put in water to catch beavers. It snaps shut fast and is almost instant. They can be put in creeks or rivers, or even big bodies of water.
-Use snares and leg traps for bobcats and coyotes.
-Conservation areas have good bodies of water with lots of otter and muskrat activity such as the Missouri River or Lamine River, but you need to get permission from conservation agents.
-People don't really trap coyotes anymore, they are hunted more often.
-To find something to trap, you may want to check your game trail cameras if they have caught any activity, otherwise you should walk the property.
-Raccoons are actually one of the more popular animals to ruin crops; they can go through an acre of corn really fast. To trap them, try setting leg hole traps along a tree line or fence line.
Badger, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, opossum, raccoon, rabbit and striped skunk season is November 15- January 31, 2014.
Otter and muskrat season is November 15- February 20, 2014.
Beaver and nutria season is November 15- March 31, 2014.
Check the Conservation Department for bag limits and regulations.