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#1 aggiepride5

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 01:39 PM

hey guys, I am needing some advice on how to start trapping some bobcats, fox, and Coyotes! I am not that new to calling but i am wanting to try something different and try to get good at trapping. I would like to know what kind of traps you guys recommend, what size, what type of bait.. ect..

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:18 PM

hey guys, I am needing some advice on how to start trapping some bobcats, fox, and Coyotes! I am not that new to calling but i am wanting to try something different and try to get good at trapping. I would like to know what kind of traps you guys recommend, what size, what type of bait.. ect..

Thanks, aggiepride5

Haven't trapped in years,but when I did I used Victor #1 1/2 for coons,and fox. #2's would be better for Bobcats as they are a little bigger and stronger than coons.As for bait,I have used sardines,cheap cat food,any thing with a strong odor that smells like food.The really critical part is your technique.wear latex gloves,have a scentless piece of plastic to kneel on,leave NO scent behind.spraying down with Scent Killer on shoes and clothes VERY helpful.I used to use Baking soda water to de-scent with.a home made sifter is a big help.You need to look around for books on trapping for equipment Ideas,as the sets for different animals are different.Example:you bury your trap on Ant hill for fox,and for coon you make a V with two logs,boards,etc. at the trunk of a Tree.place the trap near the trunk.this makes the coon walk into the v and increases the chance of the catch as he can't dig around as easily.I was told by Johnny Pickle,an old fur buyer where I grew up in Jonestown,Texas, that coons won't climb over something to get to food if there is any other way to get to it.this is how he told me to catch them when I was a Kid and I caught a bunch this way.But there are other ways to set also.On the downside,Traps were expensive 35 yrs. ago,and I got paid alot better for my furs back then.From what I've seen on fur prices,It's not economically feasible to try to trap for money.will take you forever to recoup your investment.Tons of other things you should know,but not room here.good luck,

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:27 AM

Haven't trapped in years,but when I did I used Victor #1 1/2 for coons,and fox. #2's would be better for Bobcats as they are a little bigger and stronger than coons.As for bait,I have used sardines,cheap cat food,any thing with a strong odor that smells like food.The really critical part is your technique.wear latex gloves,have a scentless piece of plastic to kneel on,leave NO scent behind.spraying down with Scent Killer on shoes and clothes VERY helpful.I used to use Baking soda water to de-scent with.a home made sifter is a big help.You need to look around for books on trapping for equipment Ideas,as the sets for different animals are different.Example:you bury your trap on Ant hill for fox,and for coon you make a V with two logs,boards,etc. at the trunk of a Tree.place the trap near the trunk.this makes the coon walk into the v and increases the chance of the catch as he can't dig around as easily.I was told by Johnny Pickle,an old fur buyer where I grew up in Jonestown,Texas, that coons won't climb over something to get to food if there is any other way to get to it.this is how he told me to catch them when I was a Kid and I caught a bunch this way.But there are other ways to set also.On the downside,Traps were expensive 35 yrs. ago,and I got paid alot better for my furs back then.From what I've seen on fur prices,It's not economically feasible to try to trap for money.will take you forever to recoup your investment.Tons of other things you should know,but not room here.good luck,

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your advice seems sound. i'll try it.




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