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old Indian trick to make traps 10x more productive

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all  summer and fall  occasionally bait your traps and snares (unset) while you have lots of green plants, young dumb animals, fish are easy to catch,  beehives, sap, etc are available. Then, when the weather cools and before all the critters  hibernate or migrate, set your traps. There will be several generations of critters that associate your scent with food and there will be nothing (noticable to them) different about the set. Bait everything again, very well and it will be WORTH running your trapline 2x a day. Doing so prevents rotting of the catch, and also limits how many caught animals will be lost to predators.

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so, when you need the meat, when the colder weather helps you preserve it,when the cold limits the number of ticks, lice, flees, flies and skeeters you have to deal with and the pelts are prime, you'll have lots of meat and hides. By then, you should also have the means to salt, stretch,dry, and cache the meat and hides. Then you can face the winter with confidence. You should also have stored-up plenty of maple and birch sap/sugars, bee-honey, and edible plants, of course, especially fruits, seeds, nuts and acorns. Figure on eating some cattail roots, pine cambrium, and spruce needle "tea", to keep your guts working, keep away vitamin deficiency problems, and constipation.

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