Drowner sets

Discussion in 'Trapping & Fur Taking' started by 223Smitty, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Tony had a question about the drowner cables I'd sent him, so I thought I'd post a few pics to show him how to use them. Many times, a pic is better than 1000 words.

    Some use cable, some use wire, whatever you use, be sure it's strong enough to handle the largest critter you might catch. I like to make-up 10' cables from 3/32" cable with an L-type lock & about a 1.5" loop on each end.

    The bottom of the water your trapping in will determine everything in how you anchor the bottom end of the cable. For rats, coon, mink, etc. a rebar stake may work, or a weight of somesort (brake rotor, railroad plates, etc.). For beaver, I use large concrete blocks.

    On the top end, I usually stake them in the ground, just above the water using a T-handle rebar stake driven into the ground all the way (18-24"). I didn't drive them in for these pics.

    The trap set could be placed infront of a pocket, a den, or in a run (again, depending on your laws). In the pic below, the concrete is the bank, and the grass would be water.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/traps/Sets/IM001647.jpg

    The main thing is to be sure your slider lock is facing the right direction. the long part of the "L" that your trap is attatched to should point TOWARDS the water (to the right in the pic, the trap & the bank is towards the left in the pic). Slide your trapchain & lock down until any slack is removed.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/traps/Sets/IM001648.jpg

    Once an animal is caught I in the water, it cannot return to land, as the lock will bind the cable.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/traps/Sets/IM001649.jpg

    Also, the rivet (J-hook) connecting my trap to the lock hasn't been pinched closed in the pic, this was just a set-up for pics. The cable should be stretched tight between the upper (bank) stake, and the lower stake or anchor weight, to allow for easy sliding of the lock.

    You also need to be sure you have enough water depth to drown your catch, with no rocks/logs nearby they can climb onto. Say 16-18" min for rats & mink, 24-30" min for coon, and 36" min for beaver.....these are minumum depths (just my opinion), and more is better. Some trappers drive another stake (tangle stake) in deeper water so that an animal will wrap the trapchain around it also.

    Tony, if you or Curt have any questions, post them here....someone else may like to know the same things. Or, if any of you others have anything to add or I missed something, feel free to add to the post.

    Smitty
     
  2. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Just wanted to be sure this made sense to you.....sometimes I'm not good at explaining things......

    Smitty