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Submersion systems should be used whenever possible when trapping aquatic furbearers.

These systems have the following advantages.

  • The furbearer is killed quickly.
  • There are fewer escapes and less damage to the pelt.
  • Trap or fur theft is less likely.
  • The trapped animal makes less commotion at the set.

These systems also have some disadvantages.

  • Cost can be higher due to the additional equipment needed.
  • It takes more time to set the traps.

There are several ways to use a foothold trap in a submersion system. In some cases, you can simply stake a heavy foothold trap in deep water. The weight of the trap will pull the furbearer underwater.