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South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season #6363183
11/02/18 01:10 PM
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I've enjoyed reading other states trapping season threads so I thought I'd start one for SoDakers. Tomorrow is the closest thing we have as an "official" start of the season when water critters open up so perhaps today is time to get a thread running. Still only limited sign of a muskrat come back in this county so I'm not going to be putting out any steel this weekend. I hope to get my before work short coon line going about Veterans Day. Hope to see some South Dakota guys put some pixs on here. To rip off an old SD Tourism saying, show some "infinite variety" of how different trapping can be across this state. Good luck all, Law Dog is already piling up some fur!!


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6363252
11/02/18 03:03 PM
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Few more days and moving more to the yotes as the coon and skunk numbers seem to be down places. I was 9 for 9 on skunks a few years ago at a place that yielded 2 so far and 2 coons where a half dozen was the norm before so time to move along to K-9s. More crops are being harvested everyday so the majority of the line is ready or will be soon.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364180
11/03/18 09:41 PM
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Worse then I thought on the coon/skunk numbers 1 kit, 1 large coon and a small skunk today, started to pull some cages and I will start on the yotes next week, drizzly day today should make digging easier then the dry years.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364471
11/04/18 02:40 AM
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Well darn, I showed a guy n his son how to set coyote traps, snares, and got rained out about 3 pm, rained nearly all day, and will tonight, set stuff on three farms

Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364506
11/04/18 03:39 AM
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Yeah, it will probably rain on you tomorrow as well, at least through the morning. My youngest kid brought some pheasants home today but he was pretty wet. Monday's feast.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364631
11/04/18 12:30 PM
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I hope someone will catch some of the badgers that I fall in their holes while pheasant hunting.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364672
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That's Law Dog's specialty! He thins them out a bit in his area.

Diggers are an interesting critter. I always thought that badger numbers were linked to the amount of grassy land cover, such as pasture. that was in an area but I think even in areas with high amounts of cropland, such as around me, diggers have adapted to being able to live/run in the grassy road ditches. These ditches do link to where there are still larger patches of pasture or hayland but it seems that each section (a sq. mile) probably has a couple of badgers that are somewhere on it. No where like the numbers of coons, skunks, and around here possums or even coyotes, but badgers even in my area where its probably 85-90% cropland out in the country, seem to do ok.

Jackrabbits, on the other hand, seem to have about vanished from se SD, very rarely see one anymore around here. Its kind of ironic that the state's land grant university's moniker is the "Jackrabbits" yet that animal in this state has massively declined in numbers. Wildlife biologists and management don't seem to know why or even much care. Of course, if jacks were a money critter like the phessy birds, the state would care about them. There are priorities to political game management...

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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364727
11/04/18 02:53 PM
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Last year the badgers held tight in their holes most of the late season now they have exploded here several per square mile this year holes everyplace I go on my line!

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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6364956
11/04/18 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted By: NonPCfed
That's Law Dog's specialty! He thins them out a bit in his area.

Diggers are an interesting critter. I always thought that badger numbers were linked to the amount of grassy land cover, such as pasture. that was in an area but I think even in areas with high amounts of cropland, such as around me, diggers have adapted to being able to live/run in the grassy road ditches. These ditches do link to where there are still larger patches of pasture or hayland but it seems that each section (a sq. mile) probably has a couple of badgers that are somewhere on it. No where like the numbers of coons, skunks, and around here possums or even coyotes, but badgers even in my area where its probably 85-90% cropland out in the country, seem to do ok.

Jackrabbits, on the other hand, seem to have about vanished from se SD, very rarely see one anymore around here. Its kind of ironic that the state's land grant university's moniker is the "Jackrabbits" yet that animal in this state has massively declined in numbers. Wildlife biologists and management don't seem to know why or even much care. Of course, if jacks were a money critter like the phessy birds, the state would care about them. There are priorities to political game management...



When I was a kid here in Mn there were white tailed jackrabbits all over the place along with snowshoe rabbits and cotton tails now we still have the cotton tails but the other 2 have disappeared and after they did so did the pheasants,not sure if there connected but if I had the power i would look into it because it seems suspicious to me and unlike a lot of places land and land use has not changed all that much

I dwill hav to say that the pheasants are making a comeback around here anyways





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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6366561
11/06/18 02:47 PM
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4 Coons yesterday been pulling cages since the catch is way off this year, some prime locations have produced little to nothing this year place like old farm places full of buildings that they can come and go as they please that were big producers in the past that now produce 1 coon or skunk. Some of these prime places (many) have produced nothing but grinners and ditch tigers. If I break it down the majority of coons/skunks came out a few areas that did produce this year.


Moving on to the yotes this week should dry up and it's turning cooler so that should work out for the better, all ready to go just need the mud to dry up so I can get around now without tearing up the roads and fields.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6367157
11/07/18 04:17 AM
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is the fur looking pretty prime? I have been thinking about setting but wasn't sure if i should wait a bit yet. Do you guys do any Muskrat trapping in SD? if so when do your normally start setting for them?

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11/07/18 04:42 AM
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Go for it before the weather puts you out most guys that water trap start opening weekend so I'd be setting if I was you. Starting on yotes this week I'd say thing are if full swing nothing to wait for now just get er done!


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11/07/18 08:50 PM
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2 coon today nice ones but it's so slow I pulled most of the cages will be setting for yotes this week before it gets too late, 18 mice today they trapped a bunch off of the porch the last couple of days! Should have a gallon soon will make a nice batch of sweet mouse for next season.


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is the fur looking pretty prime? I have been thinking about setting but wasn't sure if i should wait a bit yet. Do you guys do any Muskrat trapping in SD? if so when do your normally start setting for them?


There's always trade-offs. Open-water fall rats tend to be the cheapest in price but generally a guy can catch more than through-the-ice winter ones. I've actually seen some rat huts in this county the past few weeks, something that has been lacking since 2011. I guess our nearly record precip year has caused the remnant mrat pop to breed and expand. I glad to see a lot of sloughs wth water again.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6368021
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Water is the key word this year- and too much down where im goin. Was spose to start after those 5 dollar coon this weekend but the low of 9 Friday has convinced me to hold off till next weekend when highs are in the 40s. Hoping to get a week or 9 days in the water and mix in some k9 attempts as im going. Its a weird year.

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Good luck DWC when you get going. Post some pixs if you get some. I'm going to put out a short coon line on Monday. Maybe I'll catch something next week...


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6368953
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Law Dog- That 24 pounder is a beauty!! Probably a better scratch ticket than the other one.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6372642
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I got a few coon sets out yesterday. Windy and not above freezing all day. Single digits this morning. Picked up a couple of tubbies on the first check. The bigger one might be a decent state scratch ticket winner (relative to what I usually win, no big prize). I'll never put any real numbers of critters but I have fun.

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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6372650
11/13/18 03:17 PM
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Picked up another one 2 days ago they are really mudding up the cages I had to swap some out they were so packed with frozen mud. Seems the few coon are in a few places, I had some premium habitat spots that produced little to nothing this year. Skunks have all but vanished in many areas on my line then a couple places have produced a handful in 2 spots. Grinners and ditch tigers abound this season not seen a civet yet.


Most of the coon are running big so that's a saving grace there have not caught a skunk in a week but I am getting 1-2 coons every check at about 1/2 of what I would of had in past years.


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Re: South Dakota 2018/19 trapping season [Re: NonPCfed] #6372712
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Weds & Thurs may get your frozen mudd-ed up cages back in operation if you're still going to run them.


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