Post by paintedpaw on Mar 10, 2020 15:08:24 GMT -5
Good luck with the rats. Can not believe how much the ice receded on my beaver ponds just over night. A hairy time retrieving a couple of sets. Time to go to scent mounds along the streams.Those big males are moving!
I ran all the 81 culverts from cental square to mannsville back about 10 years ago right after a heavy rain for three checks close to 100 rats state police gave me a hard time about stopping on 81 but did not say to pull my traps told them was only doing 3 checks
Way back when, 60s & 70s, local buyer would give us a premium for the black ones. There was one stream in particular that every rat we caught from it was black. Haven't been able to trap those areas for decades now... Don't know about today, maybe if like back then you bring in 25 or 30 in a lot that are all black, but idk...
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After 4 days of lack luster action on the floats, walleyed pulled out all the stops Friday the 13th and took drastic action.
A daring daylight raid on the Sandy Creek Dollar General Store netted walleyed five $1.00 bags of peppermint & spearmint candies which were then recklessly loaded on to every float to augment the apple baits already deployed.
walleyed paddled up and down stream with his cheeks stuffed like a foraging chipmunk spitting out two mint candies at each float in a last ditch effort to attract climbing muskrats.
Walleyed then let his floats ride on Saturday skipping a check.
When the smoke (and Ice) cleared this Sunday afternoon, walleyed had 20 plump, well-furred water voles riding in the bed of the truck.
It is unclear if the spearmint/peppermint candies had anything to do with the much improved catch or If the rats simply started to climb up onto floats over the last 48 hours.
Spent the last 2 hours adding traps to another 40 floats, and loading them into the truck for a major deployment tomorrow.
Last Edit: Mar 15, 2020 23:04:27 GMT -5 by walleyed
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Wednesday 3/10 I dropped canoe on Port Ontario south beach, paddled upstream to the Rt 3 bridge and was thoroughly unimpressed with fresh muskrat sign, or lack thereof. Loaded canoe back up, drove north to Mud Brook and repeated that process... and said process left me equally unimpressed. Nice morning for a leisurely paddle, saw large flocks of swans, misc waterfowl and two dead, very foul floating muskrat bodies. That was it. Very sparse sign, nil fresh toilets, smattering of live houses. Nowhere near worthy of a remote commute.
Continued north to check out Dexter Marsh, French Creek, etc all the way to Clayton where I had lunch. Turned south from there, hit I-81 and home three hours later.
Next day loaded up the beaver gear and southwest to Alleghany county where beaver alone are (were) open until 3/15. Deployed 13 #330s across various public WMAs already hard hit by fall beaver trappers. Friday check was two adults.
Saturday check was seven mixed sizes.
Sunday check & pull was three more from big Dukes and one from a vintage B&L #3 long-chained. Old school style.
Morning coffee at the Hogsback formation in Letchworth park, roughly two miles from my door. Pondering the next move from here... plans are to pack the beaver (and otter) gear north for a trip to Black Lake - Fort Drum area. A close friend and outdoors partner has a family camp off the point opposite Back Bay. Will deploy from there and roam around the region by auto or canoe, scanning waterways for fresh mud pies glistening in the early spring sun.
Thanks for the options walleyed.Im glad to hear they are climbing for you. 0 catches here so far.What are your water levels like up north ? We had little snow pack and the water is dropping fast. I hate to say it but I think we need rain for trapping LOL.Im not sure but I think the water level should be up by the yellow at minor flood stage for mass travel. Good luck and be safe.
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