I’ve never been a believer in top secret trapping lures. With quality ingredients, a basic understanding of lure making and an open mind, trappers can formulate very effective lures on their own. I’m by no means an expert, but I have started developing lures to fit the needs on my trapline. The first lure I put together was a long distance call predator lure to use on the marten and fisher line. I wanted a lure that would stand up to the extreme weather conditions we experience in Maine during November, which includes anything from rain to snow, with temperatures varying anywhere between zero and 50 degrees. It took a couple of years, but I finally developed a lure that’s been effective thus far. And I want to share it with you.
Below is a video showing how I make my LDC lure. I didn’t hold anything back – you can see all of the ingredients used and their proportions, and you’ll realize pretty quickly just how simple it can be to get started formulating lures. Want to get started making your own lures but don’t want to purchase a bunch of supplies? I put together a few pre-made kits that include everything you need to make four 4-oz bottles of this lure. All you’ll need is a bowl and a nice sturdy stick to stir the formulation together! Continue reading below the video for more on the lure kit and ingredients.
Four 4-oz bottles of lure usually retails for $80 plus shipping. If you purchased an ounce of each of the ingredients needed, you’ll end up spending a whole lot more than that, and have a bunch of leftover ingredients you may not need. I’m selling the kit for $75 shipped to your door! Not only will you save a few bucks, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s in your lure, the satisfaction of making it yourself, and the ability to make small tweaks and changes to the lure to see what works best on your line.
Click here to purchase the LDC Lure kit – there are limited quantities available, so you’ll want to order before I run out!
If you’re just interested in buying the ingredients yourself, here’s a list of ingredients (with links to purchase them) and quantities you’ll need to make the lure:
NLGI II Food Grade Grease (14 oz)
Pure Quill Skunk Essence (0.4 oz)
Beaver Castorium (0.4 oz)
Muscaro Musk (0.2 oz)
Tonquin Musk (0.2 oz)
Anise Oil (0.2 oz)
Ambrette Musk Oil (0.2 oz)
Civet Musk Oil (0.2 oz)
Also recommended: Icing Piping Bag (for dispensing lure into jars without making a huge mess!)
Tired of shopping around for all of those ingredients and buying more than you need? Consider getting my kit. It’ll save you money and give you everything you need to make the lure (including lure jars) and nothing you don’t!