I’m part of the Blowhard Bush team. We’ve tried several different baits over time - smoked fish, cat pet food roll, fresh meat, Terracotta Lures with salmon spray, as well as Erayz, and just last time chicken nuggets, as fried chicken was suggested.
We have a SA trap, but the bait is been eaten by something without triggering the trap. The trap is mounted vertically on a tree. Should it be mounted on a ramp? We have 2 Timms traps, plus 2 chimney traps with a Timms inside, as well as lots of DOC 200s. We have seen 2 different cats on our cameras in recent months, they must be trap shy or extremely wary.
We are about 4km from the nearest farm out on the edge of the Kawekas, an hour from Hastings. Using a live capture trap would be difficult as we usually only service our traps once a month, but it is a possibility.
Any other suggestions we would be interested to hear of.