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    Fox snare help

    I have just purchased 10 Relax-A-Lock fox snares that I intend to put down next week when I go down my cousins farm to help him with the lambing.
    What I would like to know is what is the best way to get rid of the smell of newness,being factory oils and greases and of course human scent.
    I need to get these down A.S.A.P.
    Any help or tips will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.
    These snares are in addition to lamping.

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    Go to the garden centre and buy a bag of peat add water and soak snares for a week or longer.
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    I am using those at the moment and the only advice I can give is get them outside as soon as you can. Other than that I cant help. I have six in one three acre field and have shot six fox's and caught nothing. I must be the worlds worse trapper.

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    Cut a load of bark chips from an oak tree cover them with boiling water and stick the wires in with it. The tannin will discolour the wire and destroy all scent. When tilling the wire rub your hands in the soil (away from the site) and you shouldn't have too many problems. Set the loop big enough. There is some good advice on snaring on the web.
    Good luck.

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    Boil them in soda crystals till scum forms then flush under a cold tap till clear so you dont retaint them by pulling out thro scum, they will be free of oil so dont last as long as leaving out for some weeks to season, so will rust quicker. I normaly spray mine with matt brown camo type aerosol paint which when left outside for a week or two doen't smell if you choose the non thinners type, water based is best, and blends in well anywhere, you aint got time but new snares smell of oil and dont catch, so just boil them and remove smell and at same time take away the brightness of the wire. deerwarden

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    Quote Originally Posted by old keeper View Post
    Cut a load of bark chips from an oak tree cover them with boiling water and stick the wires in with it. The tannin will discolour the wire and destroy all scent. When tilling the wire rub your hands in the soil (away from the site) and you shouldn't have too many problems. Set the loop big enough. There is some good advice on snaring on the web.
    Good luck.
    Quote Originally Posted by deerwarden View Post
    Boil them in soda crystals till scum forms then flush under a cold tap till clear so you dont retaint them by pulling out thro scum, they will be free of oil so dont last as long as leaving out for some weeks to season, so will rust quicker. I normaly spray mine with matt brown camo type aerosol paint which when left outside for a week or two doen't smell if you choose the non thinners type, water based is best, and blends in well anywhere, you aint got time but new snares smell of oil and dont catch, so just boil them and remove smell and at same time take away the brightness of the wire. deerwarden
    Great advice. Thank you both.

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    skin a rabbit then pull the whole snare through the skin before setting it, charlie will be more interested in the small of wabbit
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    skin a rabbit then pull the whole snare through the skin before setting it, charlie will be more interested in the small of wabbit
    Surely this is bad advise the fox dosen't want to smell the snare at all he has to put his head through it........... If he smells it he will know its there.

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    I dunno, it works though!
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Put the snares in a large pot with some teabags this not only gets rid of oil grease scents but also stains making them almost invisible to any antis or tree huggers who might be about

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