Fur traps are available in a variety of different styles and they're produced by several different manufacturers.
In fact, there are so many different options that it's hard to decide which style will work best for your individual needs.
Before you decided to buy your first trap or replace those old rusty ones sitting in your shed, you should ask yourself a few basic questions.
What size trap do I need?
What style should I use?
What brand is the best choice for me?
Or maybe most importantly, what's your budget? Traps are not cheap so choosing the best possible trap that fits both your needs and your budget is important.
First, what's your targeted species? Choosing the right sized trap is one of the most important steps to becoming a successful trapper. Choosing a trap that's too big may result in missed catches. Choosing a trap that's too small may result in trap loss or animal escape.
Plus, if you're going to target several different furbearers you're going to need a variety of different sized traps and styles.
Muskrats for example can be trapped with relatively small, inexpensive foothold traps or conibears. Beavers on the other hand are very strong animals and require much larger, heaver, more expensive traps.
Second, what style of trap should you choose? Your targeted species, geographic location and local laws will all dictate which style of trap you should select.
For example, some states have completely outlawed foothold traps while other states allow them without many restrictions. It's important to read and understand your local laws before you purchase any traps.
To help you learn more about individual trap styles, click on one of the links below to learn more.
Do you use conibear traps? Read here about the conibear safety gripper and see why everyone should use one.
Also, which manufacturer should you choose? With a variety of options on the market how do you decide which company you should use?
When comparing trap manufacturers you will notice a variation in two major elements....price and the overall strength of the trap.
When comparing two similar traps made by two different companies it's not uncommon for one trap to be less expensive but you'll notice the trap springs might be weaker.
To learn more about individual trap manufacturers and the traps they produce click on one of the links below.
Your new traps will come in a box and the traps will be shiny and covered with oil and grease. In order to use your new traps you should clean off the oil, allow them to rust a little bit then dip them in a dye to turn the shiny new metal into a nice deep brown or black color.
This article on dyeing and waxing traps contains step-by-step instructions for dyeing traps using logwood dye.
Take the time to research and shop around for a fur trap that's right for you.
Whether you trapping furs for profit or simply trying to catch a nuisance animal, using the correct trap size and style will make it a lot easier to catch your targeted species.