Originally Posted by 72shane
i trap year round for meat to eat and sell, fur, and animal damage control. I trap alabama and tennessee. 24 hr check should be fine. If its super hot or you are paranoid, check in the evening from a distance. Dont check "an hour after dark"...especially for nocturnal target animals. And dont check "twice a week" even if under water. Sometimes it may be lunch or later before i get around to some sets and ive never had any problem with spoilage. You will have green belly or hair slippage before meat ruins.
Ive been trapping for over 15 years and still remember taking the trapping safety course. I even remember the booklet stating an hour after total darkness is the time to check your traps, and to this day it holds true and has fetched me many animals. Here is a little tip mate. You check your raccoon traps an hour after darkness and you find you caught a couple, dispatch, remove and reset. These are highly curious animals and will watch from the trees as you are messing about with one of their kind. After you leave with your kill they WILL come down from their hidey holes and investigate and then guess what? Your trap is now again gripping another animal.
On your water trapping expertise, Beaver season is always in winter time for the most fur possible on the animal. If you are constantly checking beaver traps, youll find you wont catch any Beaver. These animals are highly aware of their surroundings so if you meddle about too often, they wont even go near your sets. I had no idea there were an abundance of Beaver in the southern states, march on with your bad self mate.