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Trap Thieves #7381214
10/17/21 05:33 PM
10/17/21 05:33 PM
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UP Michigan
Yooper1978 Offline OP
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So, two checks and 5 traps gone. Every trap that is gone was on a drag. I put them on a drag so the animals would be hidden. At every set that was taken were human tracks. This is my first time dealing with trap thieves. What do you do to reduce stolen traps? I want to put the traps where the animals walk!! This is all on public land over a 40 mile line.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381221
10/17/21 05:48 PM
10/17/21 05:48 PM
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Houghton Lake, MI
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Report every time it happens. Might do no good for getting your traps back but will get authorities watching maybe. Unfortunately there is no way to stop trap thieves. Trail cameras on trails might help you figure out who is doing it.


Wish I had more time to trap....
Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381225
10/17/21 05:51 PM
10/17/21 05:51 PM
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Bird hunters, bow huntrers or bear hunters... who else is in the woods this time of the year?


You state I reply, you reply, I don't reply... don't think I coincide l just don't think your reply was worth my replying....
Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381226
10/17/21 05:51 PM
10/17/21 05:51 PM
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Kentucky
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Slide them on a 1/8 cable into cover, ditches, etc.


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Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381242
10/17/21 06:12 PM
10/17/21 06:12 PM
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shelbyville, illinois 50years ...
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As stated earlier,,,report those thefts,,, they may not find the thieves.. but there’s always the potential that your trap may wind up in an illegal situation with your name on it. Report thefts to cover your butt


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Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381248
10/17/21 06:18 PM
10/17/21 06:18 PM
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Beatrice, NE
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Make some obvious sets, show up early, hide yourself, and take care of business when the thief shows up.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381318
10/17/21 07:23 PM
10/17/21 07:23 PM
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Had to deal with this myself last season on a farm where I have trapped 45+ years and NEVER lost a trap. My plan is to place a trail cam along the 2 track that leads to where my sets are located. Trouble is I do not know anything about trail cams!!!!!

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381539
10/18/21 04:48 AM
10/18/21 04:48 AM
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set them up [thieves] put a set back close to where one was stolen ,and put up lots of trail camera's , and let the DNR know what your doing , catch them

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: grumley701] #7381625
10/18/21 07:00 AM
10/18/21 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by grumley701
Bird hunters, bow huntrers or bear hunters... who else is in the woods this time of the year?

Trappers. Hate to say it but some of your fellow trappers are thieves, and they know what to look for.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: K52] #7381663
10/18/21 07:56 AM
10/18/21 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by K52
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Originally Posted by grumley701
Bird hunters, bow huntrers or bear hunters... who else is in the woods this time of the year?

Trappers. Hate to say it but some of your fellow trappers are thieves, and they know what to look for.

Unfortunately, this is many times the case! Camoflage your trail cams well!


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Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381679
10/18/21 08:10 AM
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I lost a few .A catch circle and blood no catch or trap and once they left the trap but took the coon I guess dukes were not worth stealing to that thief.

I just traped a new area. Now I only trap on my farm and a neighbor and not had a problem yet.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381681
10/18/21 08:12 AM
10/18/21 08:12 AM
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Try to set trail cams for license plates too and don[t blab all over what you are doing or that there is a problem in order to not alert the thief.


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Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381684
10/18/21 08:18 AM
10/18/21 08:18 AM
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Philippines,,ohio
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I lost 4 grand in traps a

nd stakes from my garage. Painful.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381710
10/18/21 08:40 AM
10/18/21 08:40 AM
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If possible take small ladder and place trail cams up high. Very few people look up for them. Caught my neighbor who burned my deer blind down this way.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381715
10/18/21 08:47 AM
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Man, when I was young my mentors always taught me good woodsmanship and reapect for others. Code was you never messed with someone else's trot lines, bank lines, or their traps.
Some never got the lesson of course.
I keep an old smashed to crap #2 long nails to wall of my first area. A constant reminder of what others can do. For awhile I was having traps stolen. Then I switched to cross staking and earth anchors, whatever I could afford. They started just stealing the catch and if they couldn't steal the trap too they destroyed it. Catch circle, blood, shell casings,, wasn't hard to figure out the animal losses. But a catch circle full of boot prints was easy to see the crime scene.


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Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381724
10/18/21 08:53 AM
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As others stated first move report it to the wardens. Tell them you'll set up cams. The warden's might set up cams for you.
2nd make those sets again add cameras.
If you have noticeable flagging get rid of it.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7381883
10/18/21 12:34 PM
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I always stamp my trap frames with identifying numbers and symbols in the event of stolen traps. Makes for easy identification (when you know where to look) and prosecution.


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Re: Trap Thieves [Re: story] #7382003
10/18/21 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by story
If possible take small ladder and place trail cams up high. Very few people look up for them. Caught my neighbor who burned my deer blind down this way.

This right here you get pictures and that increases the chance to catch the jerks.

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: loosegoose] #7382062
10/18/21 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by loosegoose
Make some obvious sets, show up early, hide yourself, and take care of business when the thief shows up.

X2

Re: Trap Thieves [Re: Yooper1978] #7382064
10/18/21 05:23 PM
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Don't make sets they can see.Late 70s early 80s (good fur money and everyone and their brother was in the woods trapping or thieving) I learned to make sets ONLY the critter would find.


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