WEASEL—HOW TO TRAP—What is the most practical method of trapping weasels when the snow is a foot deep, also when there is no snow?
There is no secret about trapping weasels and all that is necessary is to get after them, with traps and fresh, bloody bait, as though you mean business. Set the traps where you see the most tracks, under stumps and logs, among roots, and anywhere that you can find a small natural enclosure, where the trap will be protected from the elements. If necessary you can lay up an en closure of rotten wood, bark, etc., and roof it over. If the snow is not more than a foot deep you can scrape it away to make the set; if deeper, tramp it down firmly. Pin the bait down with a small stake, in the back of the enclosure, so that the weasel cannot drag it away. Set the trap as lightly as possible, and place it up close in front of the bait, and well inside of the enclosure. Fasten the trap; it is not necessary to cover it. I prefer No. 1 1/2 Victor traps, as they catch over the body and will spring easier than Newhouse or most other traps. The best bait I know of is fresh rabbit, the more bloody the better. If you have plenty of traps, Set two or three a few rods apart, where tracks are plenty, and drag a freshly killed and gnashed rabbit from one trap to another. Set your traps only where you see plenty of tracks; don’t try to catch every one.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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