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Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7369895
10/02/21 07:40 PM
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Cheap cat food sprinkled with the mornings bacon grease.

Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: Tailhunter] #7369899
10/02/21 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Tailhunter
Cheap cat food sprinkled with the mornings bacon grease.


And catch every possum within 40 miles. whistle

Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: eedup] #7369900
10/02/21 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by eedup
Good deal, is that a pile of apples ? I'm not a bucket fan, so prob should just not comment.

Yeah it's apple's


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Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7369923
10/02/21 07:55 PM
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This is sweet feed, what makes it sweet is the molasses

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Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7370002
10/02/21 09:36 PM
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Go to your local bait shop and ask him to save all the minnows that die. Especially the shinners.

Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: backroadsarcher] #7370044
10/02/21 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
Go to your local bait shop and ask him to save all the minnows that die. Especially the shinners.

I don't have freezer space otherwise I'd have 30 fish head in my freezer from the last 3 weeks

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Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7370057
10/02/21 11:20 PM
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Do they like fish?
Back in the 70's when we used to target mink for big money we would net suckers by the hundreds each spring,throw them in burlap bags in the freezer and use them for mink bait in fall.
Big redhorse suckers cut in 3 pieces rendered a lot of fresh fish bait for mink.

Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7370226
10/03/21 08:58 AM
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fruit loops is pretty cheap.
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Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7370248
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About a year ago, I got interesting in learning to use 160 and 220 sized body grips for coon, even though they are frowned upon around here for dry land. You can use them, but very restricted. As in 6 feet off the ground INSIDE a building. That still works for me as I have ID as many as 15 different coons in the barn in one night. Got em all trained up. They all come for less than 1/2 cup of residual cat food the barn cats don't clean up. First come, first served, so are pretty aggressive into the food when they get there. Otherwise, they get nothing.

Anyway, set up some tests......4 short pieces of 2" PVC pipe stuck in a row in a board with different bait down each pipe. Figured if there was a preference, they would always seek it out. Bait was cheap dry cat food (aka, "barn kitty"), then laced it with a variety of scents. Fish oil, liquid smoke, sweet bbq sauce, vanilla, anise, bacon grease, etc. Then some concoctions that required mixing. Cat food + bacon grease + bits of licorice. Another with pasty bait with sardine base, flour, Certo, anise, etc. And lastly plain old dry. The result? They always went for the first one they came to. So you can lace it up if you want, but don't need to. Something about the balanced diet of plain old cat food, they instinctively know it is good to eat and good for them. To a coon, must be more addictive than crystal meth.

Did observe that once you brought fishy into the equation, barn cats took notice of it. They didn't pay any attention to anything else, but once fish showed up, they were in it.

Dry cat food in a soup can, with bacon grease poured on top......then can and all down a dirt hole will attract anything that wears fur. Coon, skunks, possums and red fox take turns lining up to try pulling that can out, where they will wallow it around until it's gone.

Coon trained to dry cat food are like shooting fish in a barrel with a cage. About the same with DP's or a CS. Body grips, a different story. Watched game camera videos of dozens of them work the bucket and box sets with BG's (jaws wired so trap would fire but not close) and could not believe how deep they could get without setting one off. Not good. With late summer kits, some could even get deep into a 5 x 5. Some could get in and out of a 220 and never fire it at all. Likely as not, would have suitcased most that were caught.

Best configuration I found was the vertical box, with opening at the bottom. Opening spaced only 4 to 5 inches off a solid deck. Coon would crawl / squeeze under, but to get into box from below, would have to be pushing forward with back feet, pushing up with front feet when their head reached the triggers. Would get a perfect neck strike every time. Coon and trap dropped out the bottom of the box, and that is where you would find them. DRT.

Re: So cheap baits for Coon? [Re: 330 Belisle] #7370262
10/03/21 09:53 AM
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When I was still trapping, my brother and I would shoot 100's of carp and buffalo throughout the summer. We would fillet them, and cut into 1" pieces and freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen, pop them off, and put into a quart bag. Individually frozen pieces would be tossed into a bucket, dirt hole, or DP and move on. Some carp would yield 100-300 pieces depending on size. 100 sets or more off 1 fish is pretty cheap.

Another favorite of ours was to take a 5gal bucket 1/3 full of corn & cover with stale beer. Once it plumps up to nearly a full 5 gal bucket, we'd take a tuna can and use that as our scoop. This worked great for pre baiting stations and bucket sets.

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