For those new to trapping, here is a crash course for trap preparation.
It seems trappers by nature are a fairly frugal breed. Trapping is just a pursuit that seems to attract the guy or gal who changes their own oil, does their own taxes, patches the hole they put in the wall, and always has a bit of duct tape and WD-40 on hand to fix whatever comes up.
I don't know why this it turns out like this, but that just seems to be the way it is. It is no wonder then that trappers pay close attention to keeping their traps in working order.
Traps aren't getting any cheaper these days, and with fur prices sinking lower and lower each day they are getting harder to pay for with trapping money.
Taking care of your traps is important and can really extend the life of your traps. If you are new to trapping and have just picked up a couple dozen traps here is a good video demonstrating a few trap preparation chores to consider before you start setting.
Tom Florin (the bearded gent in the video) is an expert trapper and has a number of good YouTube videos for young trappers.
I can't seem to find Tom's trapping supply website any longer on the web, but there are a number of other retailers that can get you the supplies you'll need to prepare your traps. One good business is Minnesota Trapline Products.
I've used them over the years and they've always been excellent to work with. As mentioned in the video, you'll need to dye your traps and wax your traps for the upcoming season. Follow the instruction in the video and note the difference in land trap preparation and water trap preparation.
On a final note, in the video Mr. Harper cautions trappers about the volatility of wax under heat. There is one easy way to avoid catching your wax on fire while you are preparing your traps.
Rather than placing the wax pot directly on the heat source, place it in a larger pot filled with water. Place them both on the heat source and boil the water. When the water boils it will heat the wax enough to melt it, but not enough to cause it to combust. Melting trap wax in this way may take longer, but is an easy and safe way to get the job done.
Odds are if you've spent the money on your traps you won't want to let them rust on you. Take a day before you hit the line to prepare your traps and you'll thank yourself down the road. Once that job is done you can get back to fixing the front gate with the piece of baling wire you found in the pickup.