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Coons pulling stakes #7387628
10/25/21 08:04 AM
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Trapping started last weekend and already lost 2 coons that pulled the stakes out. I'm in a low creek bottom with sandy, gravely bars. I'm double staking in a X pattern. So idk if I need longer rods or bigger round rods or if I need to get up on the banks which are about 5-6' high.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387638
10/25/21 08:10 AM
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Try using a drag (a 6í long heavy branch will work fine) or wire the chain high on a springy sapling. Hard to get a firm hold in sandy areas.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387648
10/25/21 08:21 AM
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Or use cable and attach to whatever is handy. A big log, root, tree, etc.




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Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387650
10/25/21 08:22 AM
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Longer stakes and slightly wider X will help. Always give you stakes a good pull after you set them. Sand bars are a nightmare as you'd think sand is sand and should be the same...but it's not.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387670
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How long are your stakes???






Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387678
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in those wet sandy bottoms cable stakes work the best or years ago before i stasrted using cable an old trapper taught me about using 1"x2"x16" or 2x2x16 wooden stakes they will swell in the wet ground but must be pounded in with a rubber mallet or chances are they will split

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387699
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How long and what size are your stakes?

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387726
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18 to 24 in pogo anchor with a 2in washer works great in mud and sandy creek bottoms.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387780
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Im using two 18" 3/8 rebar stakes. That drag stick system sounds like a good option and the areas where trees had fallen across the creek I could wire too. Thanks for every ones solutions so far I might have to try some and get creative. I just feel horrible about those two.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7387787
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Originally Posted by Mad_Trapper
Im using two 18" 3/8 rebar stakes. That drag stick system sounds like a good option and the areas where trees had fallen across the creek I could wire too. Thanks for every ones solutions so far I might have to try some and get creative. I just feel horrible about those two.


You can make your own or buy some 3' or 6' snare extension cables. Works great

Wire will break if a coon works it enough.




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Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388082
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Pogos, cable off to a tree, tree root, saplings, even rebar stakes will hold a coon. Pull on it after driving them, if they come out or pull up much than change your option. This truly ainít rocket surgery. Honest.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388106
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I went and bought some cable and did exactly that. I will see what tomorrow will bring. If I lose another one you guys can have my traps lol

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388131
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1\2. Inch 18 - 22 long here. I double stake my canine sets but never had to with coon. Maybe try longer chains or cable on your traps. Or even earth anchors in more sandy conditions.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388314
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Are you sure they weren't stolen by someone who saw the catches ? 18 inch rebar cross staked should hold well enough.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388347
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Dang never had anything pull crossed rebar stakes, ever. Coyotes, you name it.
Single stakes yes. But never crossed stakes.
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Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: DanN] #7388424
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I'm pretty sure. The first one maybe but I had another one in the open nearby that wasn't taken. The second one for sure was a coon, the grass in the catch circle was stomped down. I was able to recover those stakes at least.

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388922
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If they are pulling double stakes it is because the wet sand has limited holding ability, even with more length. As others have stated get some sizable branches with some limbs etc. on. Something they can move a bit but not much. I don't know the best size but for me I would use something about4-5 inches on the bigger end, 6 feet long with branches to slow them down. This also gives them something to chew on which can lessen the pulling.
If you have a standard chain on your traps say a foot or so you could make some double slide loop cables about 3-4 foot long and run one loop through the end of the chain slide the rest of the cable through, tighten up and then put the other sliding loop about 1/3rd the way down the branch drag and tighten off.
Bryce

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388926
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Someone steal em? Canít believe that a coon could pull up a dbl stake set

Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7388931
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Are you sure it was coons? Might try going to some kind of Earth Anchor. Was the Trap and/or the stakes missing? If a coon pulled the stakes, it's running around with a steel bracelet.


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Re: Coons pulling stakes [Re: Mad_Trapper] #7392663
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I agree with the guys above that it is not likely that a Coon pulled cross staked rebar unless very soft mushy sand. If so, you should have noticed when driving. So probably some other issue. What is the bait? How and where did you recover the stakes? What type of traps? How long is the chain?

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