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Best budget mixed line trap #6950456
08/01/20 11:53 AM
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Wisconsin
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Im looking to get some budget traps for some new land I can trap. Looking to get 2 dozen more. I'm spoiled with the 550's I currently use but I cant swing the $400+ to get those. I was hoping I get some feedback on some traps I can be confident in setting for coyotes. I don't mind a bit of setup (night latch, adjusting pan tension, adjusting pan for level). Id prefer not to mess with chain setups and baseplating, laminating. I was looking at victor #3's even those are at $144 a dozen, cheaper than that would be great. Any feedback/ suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950494
08/01/20 12:33 PM
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Take a look at Duke #2 square jaws.

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950496
08/01/20 12:34 PM
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perry co.Pa
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Bridger #2 c/s
Good price and good trap

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950507
08/01/20 12:48 PM
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2X on the Bridgers.

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950551
08/01/20 01:28 PM
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I have some #2 Dukes and they are a good trap for the money.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Flint Hill fur] #6950575
08/01/20 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Flint Hill fur
Take a look at Duke #2 square jaws.


Vote for dukes. I was at the nta in Springfield when it was there last time. I paid 80 or 85.00 for a dz of #2 duke 4 coil offset sj traps. I dont own any yet look up wolf creek traps "2 square jaw dogless offset traps. Looks like a good trap. But after I went to brigder #2 4 coil offset dogless. I am big fan of them. But wolf creek #2 dogless offset r 84.00 dz and #3 dogless offset r 99.00 dz. U could 4 coil laminate swivels still have money left.

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950578
08/01/20 01:52 PM
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The Duke 550s can be found for around $150.00 a dozen, then you'd have more of the same style you already like for around $300.00 You could get them even cheaper at a convention if they hold one in your area.

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950586
08/01/20 02:01 PM
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When I was broke I used duke #2s and I caught fur with them. If you’re going to be targeting coyotes you will have to tweak them after each catch and sometimes a coyote will just completely wreck it.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950593
08/01/20 02:08 PM
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I would do bridgers. They are a great trap. And if you did not want to invest in modifying right away. You will still have them to modify later on. They already come base plated. All you would need to do is laminate and 4 coil. If a coyote can completely destroy a duke. Than what is the value of buying a 10$ trap just to catch 1 animal? Seems like a bad investment.

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Flint Hill fur] #6950676
08/01/20 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Flint Hill fur
Take a look at Duke #2 square jaws.


Nice yote trap. Just got 3doz. Just put more pan tension on them and waxed.

They r ready to go! Already base plated and center swiveled, contact edges rounded,5 1/2" jaw spread. Spent more time adapting trappers cap to work with bigger and thicker pan.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Bob] #6950677
08/01/20 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob
When I was broke I used duke #2s and I caught fur with them. If you’re going to be targeting coyotes you will have to tweak them after each catch and sometimes a coyote will just completely wreck it.


Well I don't think you were using the "NEW" #2 Duke 4 coiled squared jawed traps. I've caught a fair amount of coyotes It them and never had to re make the trap.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: The Beav] #6950679
08/01/20 04:26 PM
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7mtns of CENTRAL PA
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Originally Posted by The Beav
Originally Posted by Bob
When I was broke I used duke #2s and I caught fur with them. If you’re going to be targeting coyotes you will have to tweak them after each catch and sometimes a coyote will just completely wreck it.


Well I don't think you were using the "NEW" #2 Duke 4 coiled squared jawed traps. I've caught a fair amount of coyotes It them and never had to re make the trap.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950695
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Agree Bridger Two will give you a lot bang for your buck. I've had Bridger Coils 2 and 3' that I had over 15 years and used every season. Only thing I ever did was add an extra two coils after they weakened a little bit from years of service.

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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950708
08/01/20 05:12 PM
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That's always been Bridger's problem Weak springs.
I had to remove the extra 2 coils off my Dukes since they were to strong In my opinion.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950733
08/01/20 05:38 PM
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Kentucky
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Gotta recommend the Sleepy Creek 1.75 round pan, regular jaw, which is really a #2 size trap.

Built well, and will hold a coyote, no prob.

Southern Snares sells them.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950741
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Lots of great info here, so for both the dukes and bridgers, everyone pretty much using them right out of the box?

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950744
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Just bend the dog post a bit to flatten out the pan and set em.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6950846
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Another affordable one is the Vic #2. My first half doz traps were these and still going strong after multiple yote catches. I eventually added some #2 straight link to get rid of the ol dog chain. (Never had it fail)

Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Flint Hill fur] #6951235
08/02/20 12:39 AM
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Duke #3 is a pretty good canine trap. The first couple dozen I bought years ago were $77 a dozen.


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Re: Best budget mixed line trap [Re: Cysquatch] #6951240
08/02/20 12:48 AM
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Learn to snare- it is very inexpensive


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