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Thread: 2018 Trap Line

  1. #81
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    I had this years spike scalped just because... I cut as much meat and hair off as I could and caked Borax on it - after a week I cut off what I could but it needs more work. I wonder if I should boil? Meanwhile I'm just letting it sit with Borax on it to dry it out.

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    Borax will dry out the spoilable material and prevent bacteria growth. It doesn’t cause material to come off easier.

    If you decide to boil, use the method I mentioned above. The water only needs to cover the skull cap and the antler bases. Do not submerge the entire antlers.

    Washing soda is key, otherwise the process is a PITA.
    Leave my rifle, my fishing pole, my traps, and leave me be.

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    Thanks Outdoorsman - I'll pick some up and try it

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    Went squirrel hunting this morning and made a classic rookie mistake of unloading my rifle as I walked out. About 400 feet from the truck a squirrel stood perfect for me while I loaded my .22 and then ran as I took aim.

    Edit: Both photos were taken in the "Big Woods" of Unit M.

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    Last edited by outdoorsman; 11-26-2017 at 05:33 PM.
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    Had the last hour of light to use for hunting purposes this evening and headed out to a deer stand I had seen a number of squirrels running around. Needless to say didn’t see any squirrels. Had a few birds fly inches by me though.

    Beautiful place to watch the sun light fade away:

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    Last edited by outdoorsman; 11-28-2017 at 06:29 PM.
    Leave my rifle, my fishing pole, my traps, and leave me be.

  6. #86
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    Default Fisher Season

    Fisher opened December 1st. I made a cubby set behind my house where I?ve had very good luck the last few years. So far no captures though.

    I bought a second battery tray for my 2500HD to add electrical storage while plowing. Spent the evening turning wrenches under the bright light of a headlamp. Was able to use the battery cables out of the 87 parts truck I purchased for the other truck. The install came out well and has doubled my cold cranking amps from 800 to 1600.

    The engine turns over fast now!

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    Leave my rifle, my fishing pole, my traps, and leave me be.

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    Placed a game camera watching my fisher set. So far I’ve photographed mice eating a lot of beaver meat. Little rascals have eaten an entire thigh. I rebaited but have no skunky life at the site so there are low odds of success. I’m having fun with the camera and really do not care if I catch any fisher this year.

    Fingers crossed for some cold weather to start the chase of under ice beavers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoorsman View Post
    Placed a game camera watching my fisher set. So far I’ve photographed mice eating a lot of beaver meat. Little rascals have eaten an entire thigh. I rebaited but have no skunky life at the site so there are low odds of success. I’m having fun with the camera and really do not care if I catch any fisher this year.

    Fingers crossed for some cold weather to start the chase of under ice beavers.
    I walked onto a really small pond yesterday, and as I stood there thinking it was almost all the way froze over after that downpour Tuesday night, 3 very nice beavers surfaced. Your thread makes me want to get back into trapping. Someday, if time becomes a little more available, I think I might. All my old traps are still hanging in the chicken house waiting for me....

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