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Freshened up my sets yesterday with sardines. Checked them this morning and something had dug all the bait out and the dirt over my trap was froze solid. Dirt was too wet and I think I had too much dirt over it. gonna go back with some dry dirt and try to fix it.
 

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Got me a bag of peat moss, 50 lb bag was about $6. Can mix some with you dirt to bead trap with if not to wet and sift it over trap, very light and will not freeze. Also use a pice of wax paper to cover your trap before sifting, crumple it up place over trap and sift. no dirt inside of trap jaws, nothing to freeze, pan will fall.

I only use when very wet or cold, got 2 bags last year and havent used all the first on yet so it will last if you dont wast it.
 

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I have found when using peat moss there is no reason to use wax paper. Bed your trap then put down peat moss over the trap smooth it out then sift a little dry dirt over the set to blend it in. Peat moss will not pack under your pan like regular dirt will in a rain.
 

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My peat moss came from wal-mart, more like compost than moss, if it is good and dry no salt needed. can put some salt in the dirt used to bead trap to keep it from freezing to the trap, but none needed in the peat moss.
I still ues wax paper over my traps and sift the peat moss over it.
Wet dirt can be heavy and you can get to much over your trap for it to work right even it it dont freeze up.
 

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My peat moss came from wal-mart, more like compost than moss, if it is good and dry no salt needed. can put some salt in the dirt used to bead trap to keep it from freezing to the trap, but none needed in the peat moss.
I still ues wax paper over my traps and sift the peat moss over it.
Wet dirt can be heavy and you can get to much over your trap for it to work right even it it dont freeze up.
I think that was more it than anything. Plus my pans were set really tight so I'm going to adjust the pan tension to be fairly light.
While I'm on pans, should the dog be facing the critter or should the open side of the pan be facing the critter?

Thanks y'all
 
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