How To Make Waxed Dirt For Trap Covering

Every winter I turn my sites away from mink, muskrats, and beaver and focus on trapping fox and coyotes. I love winter predator trapping and cannot wait to get out there every season. One of the challenges though was finding an effective, freeze proof trap cover but a few years back I was swapping stories with an old trapper friend and he turned me onto using waxed dirt.

Ever since I’ve used it for all of my cold weather predator sets. It is easy to make and doesn’t hurt the pocketbook which makes it the perfect winter trap covering.

Waxed Dirt Trap Covering Recipe

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I’m not much of a cook but this recipe is so easy I can’t mess it up. Follow these steps and you’ll have a perfect waxed dirt covering for your traps.

  • 1 Pound Finely Grated Paraffin Wax
  • 2 and 1/2 Gallons Dry Sifted Dirt

Take your paraffin wax and mix it with your dirt. I like to use dirt from field runoffs or river bars. The sandy dirt mixture works very well blended with the paraffin wax.

Blend your two ingredients in a large pan and then heat. You can use your kitchen oven but I prefer to do it over an open fire.

Heat until the wax starts to melt and then stir until the entire pan is mixed thoroughly and the wax is completely melted.

Remove the mixture from the heat and continue to stir until it has completely cooled.

I like to store mine in airtight containers (like the ones you store your leftovers in). Keeps the mixture soft and ready to use.

Store in a cool dark place until you go and set your traps. And that is all there is too it.

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