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#5852247 - 03/20/17 07:42 PM pan tension ?
forestman3 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 956
Loc: Huntingdon Co. Pa.
Headed back out west next year and want to set pan tension so I don`t catch rabbits.What do you guys out west try to set your pan tension at?Will be mainly after coyotes but also red fox and bobcats.I`m in the process of putting paws I trip pans on all my traps.

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#5852304 - 03/20/17 08:19 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 8799
Loc: N.W. Iowa
3-4 lbs will stop most rabbits n skunks, some still set it off, but sure cuts down on problems
I use 3-4 lbs and steel screen pan covers


Edited by Tactical.20 (03/20/17 08:20 PM)

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#5852866 - 03/21/17 11:38 AM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
forestman3 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 956
Loc: Huntingdon Co. Pa.
Would just a bit over 4 lbs be to much?Does anyone else go that heavy?

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#5852883 - 03/21/17 12:03 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Taximan Offline
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Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 2431
Loc: SW Montana
That should work.I rarely measure mine but some of my MB650's,I'm sure are that heavy and they don't miss foxes.They will catch skunks but always by the back feet.I don't think you will stop jack rabbits as they can weigh up to 8 lbs but you should stop all cottontails.I don't have much trouble with jackrabbits except in snares and trail sets.

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#5852966 - 03/21/17 01:45 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
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Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 8427
Loc: Eastern Shore of Maryland
When setting tension, keep in mind the pound of dirt you will be putting on the trap for cover.
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#5853240 - 03/21/17 07:13 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Tactical.20 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 8799
Loc: N.W. Iowa
I don't know if I can tighten my bolts enough to get 4+ lbs, also measure at mid pan, end of pan will fire at lighter weight I would think

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#5853274 - 03/21/17 07:35 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
forestman3 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 956
Loc: Huntingdon Co. Pa.
Well after putting the paws I trip pans on a lot of them today, I am only able to get around 3 1/2 pounds on the number 2 bridgers but the #4 dukes and #3 bridgers I can get over 4 pounds easy.I know I will catch jack rabbits but the cotton tails was the big problem last time.

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#5853336 - 03/21/17 08:07 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
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Registered: 03/06/11
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Loc: williams,mn
I don't get excited about pan tension.
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#5853340 - 03/21/17 08:10 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
bhugo Offline
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Registered: 05/08/07
Posts: 631
Loc: Flint, Michigan
I try to get 4#.

Makes for good high catches.
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#5853348 - 03/21/17 08:15 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
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"Chippendale Trapper"

Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 8427
Loc: Eastern Shore of Maryland
Try adding a split washer.
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#5853355 - 03/21/17 08:20 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 8799
Loc: N.W. Iowa
it sure helps though, day and night difference between 0-1 lb and 3-4lb

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#5853463 - 03/21/17 09:51 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
coonman220 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 1564
Loc: n.e, iowa
My Sullivan pan tension tester just fled to peices last nite an spring came up out though top an lost it, the only thing I ever used it in was beaver traps an an I put them away an adjust to about about a pound last nite for fall an going leave them that way, 1.5 an 11s I just loosen screw so pan flops down by itself

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#5853515 - 03/22/17 12:01 AM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Taximan Offline
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Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 2431
Loc: SW Montana
Originally Posted By: forestman3
Well after putting the paws I trip pans on a lot of them today, I am only able to get around 3 1/2 pounds on the number 2 bridgers but the #4 dukes and #3 bridgers I can get over 4 pounds easy.I know I will catch jack rabbits but the cotton tails was the big problem last time.


I think you will do well with that.The only time I have seen foxes and coyotes step on pans without firing,was on wolf traps with 10# pan tension.

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#5853663 - 03/22/17 08:31 AM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 8799
Loc: N.W. Iowa
O'Gorman makes a steel one, jaws don't hit it

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#5853713 - 03/22/17 09:28 AM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Law Dog Offline
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Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 8782
Loc: Central, SD
Not a problem here and we have a ton of rabbits they have been getting in my cages and eating my carp this year more then anything else. Must be where I'm setting more away from the thicker brush that helps more then anything!
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#5853809 - 03/22/17 11:34 AM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
reddawg Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 1486
Loc: Kent Co. Delaware
Do not fret over pan tension . Do not add any. Your traps alone have enough You're wasting your time . If your catching too many rabbits stop using carrots for bait .
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#5854254 - 03/22/17 09:10 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 8799
Loc: N.W. Iowa
wow they eat fish!
I had way too many toe catches, and 2 power outs, then was advised to use 3-4 lbs tension, out of several hundred in last 20 years I had 2 toe catches, one due to 4" of snow since changing, I like not catching very many skunks n rabbits, no need for it, just stops me from catching a coyote

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#5854312 - 03/22/17 09:56 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
west river rogue Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 1701
Loc: Philippines,,ohio
salt draws rabbits whistle
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#5854322 - 03/22/17 10:06 PM Re: pan tension ? [Re: forestman3]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 8799
Loc: N.W. Iowa
they check out urine, so do skunks, same as a dog or cat

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