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Trigger set on the first or second notch #7414921
11/26/21 06:38 AM
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Was just sittin having coffee with grandpa talking about beaver trapping. Heís always set his conibear triggers on the second notch. Where Iíve always set mine on the first notch, trap jaws closest together. What do you guys do and why? Just curious

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7414934
11/26/21 07:23 AM
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Outside notch most times, less pressure to set off.


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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7414937
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110s and 160s on least tension unless in swift water.





Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7414965
11/26/21 08:34 AM
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Coon 160s I set middle notch. For mink on 110s and 160s I set the first notch and lightest setting i can.
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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7414969
11/26/21 08:43 AM
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Beaver trapping, usually the middle notch. Same for underwater muskrats unless it's a weak old trap, then inner notch. Or if it won't stay set like some that I just painted, then inner notch. Outer notch if possible for mink sets out of water.


Right now Iím having amnesia and dťjŗ vu at the same time. I think Iíve forgotten this before.
Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: PAskinner] #7414999
11/26/21 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by PAskinner
Beaver trapping, usually the middle notch. Same for underwater muskrats unless it's a weak old trap, then inner notch. Or if it won't stay set like some that I just painted, then inner notch. Outer notch if possible for mink sets out of water.


I painted some 330's this year for the first time, always was a boil and dye guy before. Was surprised how many misfires I had no matter what notch!

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: walleye101] #7415021
11/26/21 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by walleye101
Originally Posted by PAskinner
Beaver trapping, usually the middle notch. Same for underwater muskrats unless it's a weak old trap, then inner notch. Or if it won't stay set like some that I just painted, then inner notch. Outer notch if possible for mink sets out of water.


I painted some 330's this year for the first time, always was a boil and dye guy before. Was surprised how many misfires I had no matter what notch!

Sand, or scrape the paint


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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415023
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Second notch


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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415026
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I guess Iíll start trying the second notch, littler setting see if I see a difference.

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415047
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I always have set the first notch just because no one ever said the difference, I'll try 2nd as well.

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415099
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On 220's in boxes for coon, with circle triggers I put on, I pull it in to the second notch for more tension. The first notch was to touchy and fire if box was wiggled.

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415153
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I really don't think It makes much of a difference.

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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: 330-Trapper] #7415487
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
Originally Posted by walleye101


I painted some 330's this year for the first time, always was a boil and dye guy before. Was surprised how many misfires I had no matter what notch!

Sand, or scrape the paint


I know that now. Just didn't know it till I was standing in the middle of a creek with that 330 firing randomly!

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415510
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I use the first notch until it wears out of round, then I start using the second notch until the end of the season when I can work the notched with a file.
I prefer the first notch on all of my traps so that I have a more consistent/solid trap placement with the size of beaver-made support sticks I tend to gravitate to out of habit. The second notch works better with thicker sticks which seem to be harder to find.

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415514
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Trigger wire configuration is more important than which notch.






Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415546
11/26/21 10:29 PM
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All my LDL's only have 1 notch-thats the notch I set.
All the othere-outside notch.

Last edited by Boco; 11/26/21 10:30 PM.

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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415551
11/26/21 10:34 PM
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Mink and rats the outside notch, coniboxes for coon inner most notch, trails or coons middle notch, beaver inner notch


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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415574
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Boco does it matter if the one you are using is good and not whorn out. I file mine with a 7 32 chainsaw file to fix the worn edge so it fire's good. I think that is all you need?

Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415637
11/27/21 12:40 AM
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If the trap wont stay set because of wear on the dog a chainsaw file like you said fixes the problem in most cases. You may have to file on the flat a bit too.
If you have a dog with 2 or 3 notches and one is worn you can use another notch until you can file the worn notch.

When I first set my waxed ldl's for marten I always carry a piece of a chainsaw file in my pocket.Some wont stay set because of a little excess wax in the dog notch,a couple swipes with the piece of chainsaw file fixes that right up,and they still fire good because there is still wax on the jaw.


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Re: Trigger set on the first or second notch [Re: Black dogs] #7415723
11/27/21 07:50 AM
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I like bocos answer the best. Probably really doesnít matter.

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