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Bait solutions #6980674
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I知 still green to trapping. I have one season under my belt, and am now looking to make bait. I would like some advice on effective bait solutions that I can buy. I live in Western Pennsylvania, and will be trapping this area to central parts of the state. I will be targeting canines mostly, but will be trapping areas with cats and fishers later in the season. I was looking at federales, and opossum hollow baits. Any advice will help.

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Dobbins' Bait Solution
This is an enticing mixture that, when mixed with your chunked or ground bait, is irresistable to the canine.
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$25.00 - One pint

Dobbins' Bait Solution #2
This is the same bait solution I've always made, but without the addition of skunk essence. Some trappers prefer it without skunk.

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$25.00 - One pint

Re: Bait solutions [Re: wheelers] #6980889
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Thanks, I値l look those over.

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Rotten eggs and rotten fish will get a possum. Fresh cut-up minnows are a free way to get bait for many different animals, or a big carp or sucker. I've heard foxes and coyotes like fresh eggs but i've never tried it. Deer meat, muskrat meat, beaver meat, groundhog meat, mice, skunk meat, porcupine meat, or bobcat meat, any of those, be a good meat base with your solution. Using meat baits too early will attract less foxes and coyotes, and more possums coons ect. Once its gets colder, they will work better. Of course, bobcats like catnip like any other feline. I bet you could mix some catnip essential oil to a container of petroleum jelly, or simply just mix some castor oil and catnip and use that as a lure for bobcats.


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Re: Bait solutions [Re: wheelers] #6981406
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Originally Posted by wheelers
Dobbins' Bait Solution
This is an enticing mixture that, when mixed with your chunked or ground bait, is irresistable to the canine.
Order #LBS
$25.00 - One pint

Dobbins' Bait Solution #2
This is the same bait solution I've always made, but without the addition of skunk essence. Some trappers prefer it without skunk.

Order #LBS2
$25.00 - One pint


There are other quality bait solutions on the market. Jameson's, Locklear's, Marsyada's, Reuwsaat's, Dunlap's, etc. Experiment and find out what you prefer.



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Originally Posted by KeeperOfTheCoons
Using meat baits too early will attract less foxes and coyotes, and more possums coons ect. Once its gets colder, they will work better.


I'm not sure about other bait solutions, but mine actually turns the meat into more than bait. It's more like a lure than a bait. The meat is just one part of the whole formulation. With the addition of essential oils and other ingredients, it gets a lot more than just a hunger response.



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Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
Originally Posted by KeeperOfTheCoons
Using meat baits too early will attract less foxes and coyotes, and more possums coons ect. Once its gets colder, they will work better.


I'm not sure about other bait solutions, but mine actually turns the meat into more than bait. It's more like a lure than a bait. The meat is just one part of the whole formulation. With the addition of essential oils and other ingredients, it gets a lot more than just a hunger response.

Interesting, I never have really checked out a lot of information about bait solutions and how exactly they work, I will have to look into it especially since I'm taking trapping more serious this year compared to last year. It sounds pretty cool, thanks for the input Paul!


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Re: Bait solutions [Re: ceb7972] #6984075
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A lot more coons possums and skunks per square mile than coyotes. They don't really like cold weather. Thats why you catch them early season. I can't find any effective coyote/bobcat scents they are not attracted to. If your trapping early, in places coons possum and skunks habituate, your going to catch them too.

Catnip is over rated as a bobcat attractant. I wont use it in fact.


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All good advice, I知 also considering making a fruit based since our season open up mid-late October in Pennsylvania. I figure coyote and fox will probably respond to that. I know that some people are going to say I知 gonna catch all the others, but I don稚 mind. I actually started trapping bc I noticed a decline with turkey in some areas, and started to find nests that were destroyed by different critters.

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Originally Posted by ceb7972
All good advice, I知 also considering making a fruit based since our season open up mid-late October in Pennsylvania. I figure coyote and fox will probably respond to that. I know that some people are going to say I知 gonna catch all the others, but I don稚 mind. I actually started trapping bc I noticed a decline with turkey in some areas, and started to find nests that were destroyed by different critters.

My old man during the fur boom years said he would use wild grapes. He would take a hand full smashed up and throw it down a dirt hole with urine on the top of the dirt hole. Would catch alot of red fox that way early in the season.

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Possums really like grapes. So do coons. I'm not sure about skunks.

Your going to be time and fur ahead to make multiple sets at each location. Even when you dont anticipate coons skunks and possums


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By the way: if your goal is to reduce turkey egg depredation you want to kill as many coons skunks and possums as you can anyway.


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I will be focusing on them in October through early November. I値l start expanding target animals after that.

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I should ask about tainting the meat. I致e read 5 days out to a month, what is a good time frame, I would think 7 days in heat would be more than enough

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When I taint my meat, I知 doing a minimum of a gallon, sometimes more. Get it cut, ground, or chunked up however you prefer, you値l need a sealed bucket, which theres tons of ways to make one way air locks to keep the flys out. I let it sit till the grey is about an inch or two deep on top, when it hits that point mix it all together and I give it one more day then fix it.

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Just a suggestion as someone who was in your shoes about 4 years ago. I started to trap and immediately wanted to start trying my hand at bait making. You will start to see very quickly that there is a steep learning curve in BOTH trapping and lure/bait making. Don't tackle both curves at once. The professional lure and bait makers have that curve mastered. You will save time, money, and head ache using their stuff. They put it all in a nice clean easy to use jar and sell it to you at a good price, with a description of how/when to use. If youre not sure which one to buy call them or ask here. The time, effort and money you will save would be better spent getting permissions and finding tracks and turds so you know where to stick the lures and baits.

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Originally Posted by RV6
Just a suggestion as someone who was in your shoes about 4 years ago. I started to trap and immediately wanted to start trying my hand at bait making. You will start to see very quickly that there is a steep learning curve in BOTH trapping and lure/bait making. Don't tackle both curves at once. The professional lure and bait makers have that curve mastered. You will save time, money, and head ache using their stuff. They put it all in a nice clean easy to use jar and sell it to you at a good price, with a description of how/when to use. If youre not sure which one to buy call them or ask here. The time, effort and money you will save would be better spent getting permissions and finding tracks and turds so you know where to stick the lures and baits.


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