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trapperkid135
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what is the best set to catch a mink that just wont go into my set i have a pocket set in a pool in the stream and the mink just wont go in it is there a better set or how can i improve the pocket set
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Blind sets were always more effective for me than pocket sets on mink, just find a rock, log, tree, debris, etc. that the mink is having to get in the water to go around along the edge of it's travel way and place a trap up tight against the structure it's swimming around.

Keep the trap in shallow water though, a inch of water over the trap as mink have short legs.

Good luck.

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redsnow
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This would be a good place for a picture. I'm not exactly sure how you've made the pocket set?, do you have you're trap inside the pocket? Don't expect a mink to actually "enter" the pocket. I like to set my trap even with one lip/edge of the hole, on the downstream side, if possible. The bait/lure should hold it there long enough to find the trap. [Smile]
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How much water is over the top of your pan? should not be more than 1". make sure your pocket is as deep as possiable . and like Redsnow said you don't have to put the trap in the hole I prefer the downstream side.
And for a change up I like a double pocket know more than two or three inches between holes make them deep as possiable shave the dirt between them. and bed your trap with the pan right between the holes good luck

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Hal
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I hate to be the one to ask this but...

How do you know there is a mink avoiding your pocket set?

[question] -- Hal

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trapperkid135
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i saw the tracks about 10 yards from my trap but i mite just not have a strong smell i am using beaver flesh that i fleshed off my beaver thanks every one for your help
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10 yards may just as well be the next county when talking about mink.When I use Mink lure it is to keep them at the set for a few seconds longer not to call them to it.

You want mink traps right on there line of travel.

Go back out to where your set and the tracks are.Lay down with your head on the ground and look around.That is the minks point of view.If your set wasn't visiable from down there it was in the wrong location for that mink

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This is the very same reason I use mostly blind sets for mink. Ric is right if your not on target then your a million miles away. Also the way I see it, if I have to be that close to the minks line of travel might as well save myself the work of digging a pocket and set a blind set. Also if you are targeting JUST mink blind sets will keep all those pesky coon from tearing up your perfect mink location you worked so hard to find. (finding the perfect blind set like J was talking about only comes along once in a blue moon on my line, most of the time i have to make them)
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