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#5998016 - 09/13/17 01:44 PM Berkshire stakes and coyotes
gcs Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 80
Loc: ny
Will the standard Berkshires hold up to coyotes? I know when I use them for coons I can only pull them out in sand or marshy ground.
I'm considering using them in hard clay/loam. Thanks

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#5998073 - 09/13/17 03:24 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
Maggot Offline
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Registered: 02/28/14
Posts: 110
Loc: Nebraska
People will tell you that they won't, but they absolutely will. I use the standards all of the time, and 15" in regular midwest loam soil will hold coyotes all day. I've never felt the need to use HD Berkshires because once the ground freezes I switch to rebar. Occasionally I ran into some soft ground that worried me a little, so I just used two Berks and cross-staked just like you would with rebar. Coyotes never even budged them.

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#5998074 - 09/13/17 03:27 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
wamp Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 619
Loc: indiana
Yes they are all I use bhai here in southern iIndiana wigh 12-14 inches of cable. Never had one pulled yet I do gest holding power when I drive them in
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#5998117 - 09/13/17 04:51 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
curtisd Offline
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Registered: 03/30/13
Posts: 394
Loc: kentucky
I used them for 4 or 5 years with no problems other than the will bend when you pull them.
switched to super stakes last year just because they are indestructible.

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#5998175 - 09/13/17 06:39 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
tbn Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 4018
Loc: kansas
Disposable is just what it says.Clip and go.$28 a 100 isn't worth me fighting frozen ground and time.
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#5998204 - 09/13/17 07:22 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: tbn]
LDW Offline
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Registered: 03/12/16
Posts: 504
Loc: N.E. Nebr
Originally Posted By: tbn
Disposable is just what it says.Clip and go.$28 a 100 isn't worth me fighting frozen ground and time.
X2

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#5998207 - 09/13/17 07:26 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
2 TRAPS Offline
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Registered: 11/10/13
Posts: 3554
Loc: Bland Virginia
I have used them with great success. If you can pull it up so can yote. If I can't pull it up. I trust it to hold coyote.
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#5998228 - 09/13/17 07:40 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: 2 TRAPS]
traprjohn Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5948
Loc: Central NC
Originally Posted By: 2 TRAPS
I have used them with great success.


x2....what Kevin said!!!
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#5998448 - 09/13/17 10:02 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
AirportTrapper Offline
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Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 341
Loc: Louisiana
I have held a few hundred with the standards. All of my snares have them built on the end.
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#5998456 - 09/13/17 10:15 PM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
10bands Offline
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Registered: 11/10/13
Posts: 1778
Loc: Meridian, Idaho
No problems here either. I've switched to chained super stakes on my traps because they never bend and are permanently attached to my trap. However, like AirportTrapper, all my snares are prebuilt with a berkshire as the anchor. Cheap yet effective just like a snare.

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#5998537 - 09/14/17 04:49 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
jabNE Offline
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Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 2767
Loc: Hickman, Nebraska
They work just fine. I used the heavier ones for later in season, make a pilot hole with rebar or driver if necessary. Never lost a coyote on any of those.
Jim
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#5998563 - 09/14/17 06:06 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
Cameron Kelsey Offline
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Registered: 08/13/07
Posts: 1458
Loc: PA / MN
I have never used the standard Berkshires but have held plenty of critters, including coyotes, with the Heavy Duty ones.
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#5998568 - 09/14/17 06:29 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
luvcanids Offline
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Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 645
Loc: SE PA ,VT,
Hd berks work for me. Had one pulled last year and could not understand how. Two days later the GW called, seems a fellow was walking his 5 yr old Newfoundland male dog and it got in my trap. The owner did not know how to release the trap so called the police and the LEO with the owner [maybe the dog] pulled the berk from the ground. GW told me no problem as the dog and owner were trespassing and I had permission to trap. He even brought my trap to the house. The LEO was upset as he had to walk about 3/4 of a mile into the trapped dog.
So IMO hd Berks work in the right soils, that Newfie must have weighed 135/150 lbs.


Edited by luvcanids (09/14/17 06:31 AM)

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#5998586 - 09/14/17 07:14 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
Aix sponsa Online   content
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 5650
Loc: Louisiana
Y'all don't ever fold standards in half when pull testing them? I have, and I'm definitely not a big guy at all. I do trust the HDs when I get them to stick
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#5998613 - 09/14/17 07:51 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: Aix sponsa]
Maggot Offline
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Registered: 02/28/14
Posts: 110
Loc: Nebraska
Originally Posted By: Aix sponsa
Y'all don't ever fold standards in half when pull testing them? I have, and I'm definitely not a big guy at all. I do trust the HDs when I get them to stick
I don't mind that they sometimes fold, just means I have to flatten them before reusing. People pull straight up, critters pull sideways. Never had an animal come close to pulling one out.

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#5998620 - 09/14/17 07:58 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
gcs Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 80
Loc: ny
Thanks all, reason I asked is I still have a bunch and figured no sense buying more stuff if I didn't have to. smile

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#5998632 - 09/14/17 08:19 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: Maggot]
Aix sponsa Online   content
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 5650
Loc: Louisiana
Originally Posted By: Maggot
Originally Posted By: Aix sponsa
Y'all don't ever fold standards in half when pull testing them? I have, and I'm definitely not a big guy at all. I do trust the HDs when I get them to stick
I don't mind that they sometimes fold, just means I have to flatten them before reusing. People pull straight up, critters pull sideways. Never had an animal come close to pulling one out.



That's true. Guess I need to pull sideways. Just a habit of driving it then pulling I guess
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#5998673 - 09/14/17 09:11 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: Maggot]
Ditchdiver Offline
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Registered: 07/15/16
Posts: 828
Loc: Michigan
I used to use the standards, but switched to WolfFangs. I would NEVER reuse one that I bent.

[/quote]I don't mind that they sometimes fold, just means I have to flatten them before reusing.[/quote]
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#5998698 - 09/14/17 10:05 AM Re: Berkshire stakes and coyotes [Re: gcs]
The Beav Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 10709
Loc: Wisconsin
If your not sure then you can cross stake just like with re bar stakes.
And I sure wouldn't re use a bent disposable.
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