In today’s story, I’m going to write about Marten, about his life and where he lives. Going to list top five baits for catching Marten. Last but not least I’m going to describe hunting trip where I caught a Marten.
Where to find Marten?
Usually, Martens live in old woods where there is a lot’s of fallen trees. Most often he likes spruce forests, where he makes his nest. He is a nocturnal animal who starts his hunting trip during dusk. Probably best climber out there. It takes him no hassle to jump branch to branch.
Martens like to prey on rodents although he eats small amphibian as well. He won’t catch only mice and frogs. Rabbits, hazel grouse and wood grouse are also a good feast for him. For dessert, he probably goes for beehive if there is one near his territory. Most of his time he roams around the spruce forest.
How to build Marten trap?
Marten trap is a simple wooden box. It basically looks like a wooden bird nest. Top and bottom should be left open without lids.
On the bottom put a thin mesh wire, where you can place a bait. Mesh wire is important because it enables wind to carry the scent further. The best case scenario is when a small piece of bait is tangling from the mesh. It get’s, Marten excited and he will drop his guard.
On the top, you have cut two notches in order to place Conibear trap inside the box. An ideal place is middle of the box. After you put in the Conibear trap tie it with wire or strong rope in order to prevent Marten from escaping.
Place the fully assembled box on to the tree. Before choosing location consider the possibility that other animals aren’t able to destroy the trap or eat the bait. It doesn’t matter if the box is placed horizontally or vertically. Marten is without a doubt excellent climber.
If possible there should be some spruce branches covering the box in order to stop snow falling on top the trap. A thick layer of snow prevents scent from spreading and makes it more difficult to catch Marten.
Catching Marten with a trap.
Marten hunt takes patience. In order to catch Marten with your newly built trap, you have the place to box during summertime. Set them without any Conibears or mesh wires. It’s wise to set the bait one time in a week. That way Marten will become accustomed to a fact that there is a food laying around. If you notice that bait is missing or see some track you know that spot is right for the trap.
When choosing a spot, pick a place where you can see if there is Marten inside a trap or a not. You don’t want to leave footprints all over the site. Marten is a very clever animal and can sense right away if there something off.
When to start baiting.
After planting the bait all summer along, it is finally winter. There is a nice and cushy blanket of snow on the ground so I’m able to spot Marten tracks. I’ll visit my main spot and notice that Marten has been able to get the bait from the bottom of the trap. There is no need for him to climb inside from the top. Where the Conibear is located. Probably the steel wire mesh loop is too big. After making some small adjustments, I’m ready to go.
Usually, after planting the bait I’ll check the trap least twice in a week. Because you have to get the Marten out of the trap. Otherwise, birds will destroy the fur by pecking holes inside, in order to get some meat.
Today morning when checking my traps I noticed some Marten tracks. Those tracks lead straight to my trap location. Heading a bit further I witness that tracks all of sudden disappear. I suspect that he has climbed a tree and make his way from there. Hopefully to my trap.
Walking with little excitement a see a small tail hanging from the trap. And what you know. It is a Marten. Carefully I take him out and put inside my bag and start heading back. It is a male with a perfect winter coat.
To catch a Marten you have to have excellent bait. Top 5 baits are:
- Game stomach – It has very specific scent and is extremely valuable to lure a Marten.
- Beaver meat- has a distinct smell and is allrounder for attracting predators.
- Honey – This is probably one of Marten favourite food. It’s sweet and smells great. What’s here not to like.
- Fish – Has very very strong scent. It is superb choice for baiting.
- Pigeon – If you manage to get some then cut open from middle and place inside the cage. Great choice for attracting Marten.