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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6380464
11/24/18 02:24 AM
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Been sick for a week finally got out today, be out for about 10 days is all. NonPC i also live in the “W” county , but rarely set a trap here. I usually head south- so much more RRW down ther and i love the area. Dont live in sewer falls anymore, but still too close for comfort for me. Its really wet a couple counties south, which means some corn still in. Coon sign hot in spots, horrible elsewhere. Got a few yote sets in, hopefully they like the smell of flem because im coughing uncontrollably at times. Ill post results- if there are any.

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6380476
11/24/18 02:38 AM
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4th roadkill in a week I have seen more roadkill then live deer in the last week, seen it before then later in winter you see them in groups like they came out of nowhere.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381182
11/24/18 11:19 PM
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Catch of the day 2 yotes and 2 badgers one yote has a touch of the mange so far I'm looking at 50% with mange so far but it's early! Badger on the left was a biggin!

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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381321
11/25/18 02:02 AM
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Sorry to hear of mange on your yoders guys. I'm sure that drains the excitement of seeing a coyote waiting in a trap or tied up in a snare.

Trapper Tone- I can only dream of getting a top lot in a Western Northern coon, although I do typically have about 30% of my critters grade that region. Just never that good or large. I thought you might be north of the South Dakota "grinner line" but it doesn't sound like it or its moved recently. Somewhere in the northern reaches of the state, possums doesn't exist or are rare.

DWC- get well and get some stuff!! My biggest issue with trapping in this county are ditch tigers, although they can be pasture tigers as well. As far as I'm concerned they are an invasive specie to the wildlife in this state, although the biggest money making wild thing in SD is a foreigner as well. I wonder how many game birds prowling ditch tigers kill a year around here?

I caught my first pepe in a dp this morning. I'm thinking a coon either pulled my corn cob and didn't commit and then the skunk came by or the stinker pulled over the trap somehow (but's its wedged between 2 cinder blocks?) and got into it. I'm not equipped to dispath skunks like Law Dog so went home to get my kid's nice .22 pellet rifle to whack it without it blowing in his guy's farm yard. Between the pellet rifle a couple of times and owner's .22 short, we finally put it down with a minimal of stink. The pepe didn't even have nice white stripes!

A couple of pixs from this morning. About the same sized coon that made this cubbie get dragged about 6 feet did move it a twitch this time. I guess it all depends on the invidual critter and how the trap hits them.

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Another place it was possum city. I thought this juxtaposition of the grinner and the horse manure was fitting given the sale-ability of possums about now. This one was actually a decent one in size and color. I'll home tan it and see if anyone buys it as a gag gift on an internet sale.

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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381432
11/25/18 05:53 AM
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Some of the pics with my kids on the trapline this year.

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A critter in the truck is better than 2 in the bush!
Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381468
11/25/18 11:21 AM
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nice great pic. thanks for sharing

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381478
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Outstanding Flash!! Looks like they had fun!!


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381610
11/25/18 03:41 PM
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Love the pics Flash~


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381618
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Law Dog, did you weigh that big digger you caught yesterday...?


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381640
11/25/18 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by NonPCfed
Law Dog, did you weigh that big digger you caught yesterday...?


Not yet will weigh it today heading out to hang them in the heated shed now!


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381702
11/25/18 06:01 PM
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It was right at 25lbs, after the first 2 being of such poor quality (early) I was hoping to avoid them until around the 1st of the year but the last 2 looked way better. The badger population seems to of exploded this year SOOOOOOOOO many holes out there and a lot seem to be active. Last year they went underground and became inactive for the majority of the season so the catch was way down here.


This year you can drive down the road and see mounds in about any direction never seen this many fresh holes. I still plan to wait and have passed up dozens of good fresh looking holes. Seen 1 in the ditch doing his thing the other day that I put the sneak on with the pistol but he was watching me and he went down the hole when I was 30 yards away, tough shot with a pistol and a losing effort if I did connect.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6381773
11/25/18 07:56 PM
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Lawdog how do you catch a badger? Bed your traps like coyotes or is there other ways. We have tones of them in and around our crp fields.

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: phsnt guide] #6381888
11/25/18 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by phsnt guide
Lawdog how do you catch a badger? Bed your traps like coyotes or is there other ways. We have tones of them in and around our crp fields.


Make your best yote set and a badger will find it! LOL Really I set a lot of badger mounds for coyotes the little ones they make while digging out mice and gophers are the best but I set the big mounds also. I make sure there is a shallow trench coming out of the hole (I make one if needed) sometimes I make a Y and set the center of it or at both ends of the top of they Y. I bait between the trap and the hole to give me a shot at either one.


If your out for just badger snaring the hole is the easiest. Set the loop in the hole with the loop lining the hole, stretch the cable back from the top of the hole avoiding staking into the hole itself. Use up all of the cable or you have a fight getting that badger out if he has too much cable. Using up the cable also works as a "support" so no matter what way that badger goes he's moving the lock not the cable.


They make a lot of mounds so look for fresh dirt with tracks or wait until winter and set the "open" holes this cuts down on setting inactive holes they do move around a lot. The master mounds will be on the highest parts of the fields, that keeps their holes dry during the melt offs.


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Thanks alot. We have alot of badgers in nw iowa.

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6382048
11/26/18 12:37 AM
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"Trapper Tone- I can only dream of getting a top lot in a Western Northern coon, although I do typically have about 30% of my critters grade that region. Just never that good or large. I thought you might be north of the South Dakota "grinner line" but it doesn't sound like it or its moved recently. Somewhere in the northern reaches of the state, possums doesn't exist or are rare."

You can get them. We actually had five western northern top lots come out of our shed last year and our breakdown is about 50-50 western northern to western north central...its more about volume than anything. The top lot is a 4x so its not like you need to catch a bunch of the 5 and 6x monsters we get. Fun fact: the two top lots that were not on my ticket were either caught the last week of October or the first couple days of November so you don't need to get those top lots deep into the season. He top lots on that line every single year too and we run that line half a week prior to the water opener and half a week after the water opener every season and that is the only line he runs. There is also a trapper about 15 miles south of me that caught one during that same timeframe. That South Dakota grinner line keeps creeping farther north every year. I think we caught our first three years ago and have increased our catch every year since.

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6382254
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Well, Trapper Tone, I'll keep trying and maybe I'll score someday.

My coons typically grade 65% W. North Central, 30% W. Northerns, and 5% Western Semi-heavies. Last year, I only sent a few to NAFA and got no Northerns and more W. Semis, they were all later coon, from early Dec through first week of March (farmstead clearance). Ironically, the only Top Lot I've gotten has been for a Western Semi Heavy coon at a glorious price of I think $13.50. Go figure...


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6383075
11/27/18 02:43 AM
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Looks like badgers might be the way to go this year yotes looking bad so far if not mangy they seem young and rubbed but badgers seem endless everywhere I go. The badger today was another big one that looked way better then the 1st 2.

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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6383160
11/27/18 04:28 AM
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Nice going Jerry! So far I’ve picked up a coyote and a coon on the fox lure you gave me at the dakota line open house! I have lots of badger activity where I’m at too, only got one so far, he came on a Tbone set I was hoping to see a coyote on. Nothing on the remake yet.

Hoping to see the moon go Black soon, my last two checks been very unproductive as in goose eggs.

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6383179
11/27/18 05:05 AM
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Using a lot of T-bone sets this year a bit more ground cover then past years and most guys planted beans (I like to set in corn rows) so less defined areas to make a set in, the T-bone gives a guy more options and some backing at the same time.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6383281
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Law dog. We think the same for folks that have never met lol. T bones are my go to. And I also set a ton of badger mounds for coyotes. I’ve been doing what I can to avoid catching them, figured I’d nab a couple around the 15th of December and see what’s what on them. I like January puffballs a lot, but irritates me bad when they decide to hole up for the entire month of January.

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