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One Season Under My Belt #7606470
06/16/22 04:19 PM
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I learned a ton last year. Didnít have any success with coyote but got some fox and raccoons.

Have another dozen traps on the way and this weekend Iíll dye and wax them and store them away in a container. I gathered a bunch of stuff here and there, and I canít wait until the fall.

Couple questions is how could I set traps in very rocky ground? I found a lot of tracks last winter in the snow after the season along an old railroad bed that runs through my property, the problem is that itís an inch of dirt over railroad ballast. But itís a high traffic area. I could make sets off to the side but I donít know how well it would work out.

Also, does anyone have any luck along creeks and streams for coyote? My property has a smaller creek that runs about quarter mile and the other side has half mile of a decent sized fast running freestone creek thatís about 60 yards wide.

Lastly, I give the animals I catch to a local fella that sells firs and traps himself. I want to learn to harvest the pelts myself. Any advice? I watch a lot of videos online but the only thing I ever skin are deer I kill.

Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606493
06/16/22 04:48 PM
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Martin P good job last year! You can dig out your trap beds NOW. I would dig out the trap bed and get rid of the rr ballast and replace it with dirt from around the area. If a guy wanted to he could have all of his locations worked up and heck even pre staked before season. Now I know this can backfire sometimes... I remember pre digging trap beds on several properties before seasonally to have the farmer plow them under or drive over them. But it sounds like the land is yours so you could put the word out to STAY AWAY
from those areas where you have pre worked the ground.

Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606522
06/16/22 05:23 PM
06/16/22 05:23 PM
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Basically need a pulaski axe for digging beds in hard soil like that. The sodbuster type hammers(sledge hammer with digger blades welded on) are great but you need safety glasses when using them in hard/frozen soil. Not that you dont need safety glasses with the pulaski, but it does make it easier on your body with the longer tool. You can pre-dig the beds as MChewk suggests. But things may change and you might decide to use a different site.

Waterways are always good for canines, the bigger the creeks the better because that creates what we call a soft funnel. Its a soft funnel because they can cross the creeks at any point they wish but they generally will follow it for long periods till they come to a easier crossing, like sandbars or tractor crossing points.

Heres a good channel on fur handing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNLvRZsDBpnsgtGynXMCjQ/videos

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Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: SNIPERB🦝] #7606594
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Originally Posted by SNIPERB🦝
Basically need a pulaski axe for digging beds in hard soil like that. The sodbuster type hammers(sledge hammer with digger blades welded on) are great but you need safety glasses when using them in hard/frozen soil. Not that you dont need safety glasses with the pulaski, but it does make it easier on your body with the longer tool. You can pre-dig the beds as MChewk suggests. But things may change and you might decide to use a different site.

Waterways are always good for canines, the bigger the creeks the better because that creates what we call a soft funnel. Its a soft funnel because they can cross the creeks at any point they wish but they generally will follow it for long periods till they come to a easier crossing, like sandbars or tractor crossing points.

Heres a good channel on fur handing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNLvRZsDBpnsgtGynXMCjQ/videos



Thanks. Man I gotta tell ya, Iím torn. The old railroad bed is just filthy with coyote sign all the time but digging in it doesnít get me excited lol. I have river otters on my property, my WMU in PA doesnít allow for taking otters. I understand they are pretty rough to release in an accidental catch. I have video of one making a nest under a culvert from last deer season. I guess the question is how likely is an otter to get wrapped up in a coyote or coon set

Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606611
06/16/22 08:11 PM
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Not super likely if youíre not right next to the water. Strange things do happen though. Youíll see a lot of odd occurrences on your line if you trap long enough


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Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606623
06/16/22 08:24 PM
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Gather up some dry dirt to take with ya. Dig trap bed, discard that material, add your dry dirt to bed & cover your trap. Keep trap bed to just size of trap. Only soft spot ya want is over trap pan

Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606647
06/16/22 08:49 PM
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If you do end up making sets on the railroad bed, I would highly recommend drags. One, you probably would not like driving a stake through that any better than digging a bed. Two, because you dont want your sets ruined by catches, the drag will save your set locations.

Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606777
06/17/22 12:18 AM
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I agree with sniper on drags, but make sure theyíre set up right or youíll be chasing a coyote all over the country. I like mine to have at least 8 feet of chain up to twelve feet, and a minimum of 4 swivels. Some of the country I trap is pretty sparse on vegetation though, you might get away with 6 feet if you have a lot of brush.


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Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: MartinPlayer] #7606867
06/17/22 07:51 AM
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I always viewed trapping and fur handling as 2 separate arts. There are alot of educational videos about fur handling. As far as youtube goes, coon creek outdoors has some great fur handling videos that go very indepth. Welcome to trapping!!

Re: One Season Under My Belt [Re: IowaTrapper] #7607647
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Originally Posted by IowaTrapper
I always viewed trapping and fur handling as 2 separate arts. There are alot of educational videos about fur handling. As far as youtube goes, coon creek outdoors has some great fur handling videos that go very indepth. Welcome to trapping!!


Itís definitely something I want to learn. I retire from the navy in two years. My wife and I are having our forever home built on my property and I will be able to dedicate more time into my hobbies. Here at the end of my military career I feel like I have a billion thing I have to do and want to do and very little time to do it.

We are working on designing our home now and I definitely want a detached garage, a really big one that can allow me store all my things to do all my hobbies in one spot. The neighbor up the road has a trap shed he built 50 years ago or more and itís really cool. Maybe one day Iíll do something like that. But I have to live in suburbia for now but thatís changing in 25 months.

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