MAINE MINK SET—What is the best set for mink in a country where the snow is of a packy nature, and the best covering for traps at these places?
Having never trapped in Maine I couldn’t say what methods would be best, but I understand that mink do not take bait well there. I presume that where you trap there are many lakes and ponds, and most of the streams are small. If a hollow log is placed across the outlet or inlet of a pond, and a trap carefully set inside without bait, covered with fine rotten wood and worm dust, you have a pretty good winter set, that will stay in working order in all kinds of weather, if it is in a place where it will not be buried by drifting snow. A little musk of mink placed back in the log doubles the effectiveness of the set but this must be fixed up before snow comes; therefore it is not practicable on a large scale. A trap set in the end of any hollow log along the stream and scented is good. Good blind sets may also be made along the streams where the bank is steep and overhanging trees or logs shield the trap from snow. A bunch of dead brush may usually be arranged to guide the mink into the trap.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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