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Offline .17HMR

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cover hulls?
« on: October 30, 2005, 03:53:02 pm »
Are cover hulls a freeze proof material?
How do you use them?

Was thinking of getting some so I don't have to wax dirt
total for this year so far
3 grinners
2 coyotes
4 coons and
1 skunk

 so far :grin:


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cover hulls?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2005, 05:32:59 pm »
Yes, that is the idea of coverhulls, they are freeze-proof. They are very light weight and will blow away easily if one doesn't cover them with a little dry dirt to hold them down. One problem I had when I give them a try was too many set avoidance to suit my standards.  That is probably because they are so foreign in odor for this wilderness country.  They probably wouldn't be a problem in farm country.  Ace

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2005, 08:18:34 pm »
I use a lot of cover hulls on my dryland sets. As Asa mentioned though, some of my success may come from fact I trap mainly farmland here in midwest.
Coverhulls will freeze if you get a rain then a hard freeze. They will also "crust over" after several nights of freeze/thaw conditions, as we seem to experience around here.
I try to make my sets in the shade now. Seems to go against the grain a bit, but I've found if I keep my dry sets in the colder areas on location, like the shady side of a hay bale, or fencerow, or overgrown thicket, etc. that the sun never hits them and they don't seem to fall prey to freeze/thaw as readily as my sun-exposed sets do. If they are going to freeze anyway overnight, keep the sets in an area where the immediate ground surrounding the trap bed stays cold. Seems to help, anyway.
I also use a wad of insulation under my trap pan, too. I dig the trap bed, line the trap bed with a couple of sandwich baggies, or piece of black plastic garbage bag, etc. then press the set trap with insulation under the pan right down into the bed. The plastic keeps ground moisture from seeping back into the cover hulls or working parts of the trap. Then I pour a generous layer of cover hulls on the trap much like any other cover material, smooth out a place over the pan and rest of general target area. If i want to blend in the set a little more, I might chop up some dead grasses very finely and sprinkle them over the cover hulls. If wind is a problem blowing the hulls off of the trap, a light layer of dry dirt works, too.