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Setting 1.5 on knee #7642472
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I'm having trouble figuring this out, I'm going to be running solo next year and won't have my dad on the bank to help me set traps, so I need to learn how to do it in the water but I can't quite get it. I asked a couple of guys on discord and they gave me good advice but didn't know if you guys had any tricks to make it easier or should I trade all my coils for longs? Here's the video, so you can see what I do to set it. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/TgkLk-MYC-M, Thanks in advance!

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[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/shorts/TgkLk-MYC-M[/video]

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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642474
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Longs are fine, but don't trade all your coils for longs.

Don't be afraid to set the trap on shore and then place in water, or set them in shallow water using your feet to assist.

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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642479
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You just need practice, run the heel of your palm down the jaw, and use your digits to engage the dog. You can flip the loose jaw up so that you can manipulate the pan "under" the trap jaws...if that makes sense.


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: AJE] #7642495
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See that's what I'm worried about taking the most amount of time since I'll be checking after school and be on a time crunch. I feel like getting in and out of the water multiple times is going to take a lot of time away, especially with 50+ sets.

Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: Yukon John] #7642496
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That's true that I need practice, I've seen people use their fingers to do the dog but mine aren't quite long enough to do it.

Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642508
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File a night latch too. Practice , practice….you will get stronger . It’s like stringing up a longbow…more technique than brute strength


It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642511
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I realize that I'm going to get blasted for this but I night latch all of my traps and set them with my feet. Lift up the loose jaw and set the pan level. Then I bed the trap.

Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642520
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Setting them by hand is easy, no need to put them over your knee. It's all technique, not strength. Just need some practice.


Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: VaBeagler] #7642521
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Originally Posted by VaBeagler
I realize that I'm going to get blasted for this but I night latch all of my traps and set them with my feet. Lift up the loose jaw and set the pan level. Then I bed the trap.

There is no reason to feel bad about using your feet.

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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642527
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I see the way I showed ya works a little better grin start knocking out about 30push ups before bed. Seriously will help you build some muscle that will help wink
Originally Posted by TheYouthTrapper
I'm having trouble figuring this out, I'm going to be running solo next year and won't have my dad on the bank to help me set traps, so I need to learn how to do it in the water but I can't quite get it. I asked a couple of guys on discord and they gave me good advice but didn't know if you guys had any tricks to make it easier or should I trade all my coils for longs? Here's the video, so you can see what I do to set it. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/TgkLk-MYC-M, Thanks in advance!

-TheYouthTrapper

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/shorts/TgkLk-MYC-M[/video]


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642528
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If you're in a time crunch...check, retrieve, and go. Leave the working sets for tomorrow, and remake when you have time. Trapping should be enjoyable if you're like me, and there's no money in it. Don't burn yourself out, you're too young!


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642532
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If you're on a big time crunch, consider mixing in some colony traps.


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642536
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Originally Posted by Yukon John
You just need practice, run the heel of your palm down the jaw, and use your digits to engage the dog. You can flip the loose jaw up so that you can manipulate the pan "under" the trap jaws...if that makes sense.


Yup, practice ... It's easier without gloves. And keep that thump from between the jaws, it's going to hurt.

Originally Posted by TheYouthTrapper
See that's what I'm worried about taking the most amount of time since I'll be checking after school and be on a time crunch. I feel like getting in and out of the water multiple times is going to take a lot of time away, especially with 50+ sets.


Preset them and zip-tie them open before going out. When ready to place on location, cut and pocket the zip-tie, drop the pan into the night latch and go.


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: VaBeagler] #7642537
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Originally Posted by VaBeagler
I realize that I'm going to get blasted for this but I night latch all of my traps and set them with my feet. Lift up the loose jaw and set the pan level. Then I bed the trap.


Same. I set longsprings on the knee, and sometimes a mb550, but most of the time I set coils with my feet. I see no reason not to.

If you’re having trouble setting them on your knee, just use your feet. If you gotta set it on the bank and carry it to the water, so be it. You’re worrying too much about running max number of traps and losing seconds here and there. My advise: you’re still in the learning phase. Don’t try to run 50 sets. Run 25 or 30, or less, take the time to slow down, notice things, take notes, make adjustments, and concentrate on doing things RIGHT, not fast. With repetition will come speed, but if you’re trying to rush through you’re gonna miss out on a lot of good learning opportunities.

Take your time, concentrate on learning and forget about the numbers. You will be a better trapper for it.


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: Bob] #7642539
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Originally Posted by Bob
Originally Posted by VaBeagler
I realize that I'm going to get blasted for this but I night latch all of my traps and set them with my feet. Lift up the loose jaw and set the pan level. Then I bed the trap.


Same. I set longsprings on the knee, and sometimes a mb550, but most of the time I set coils with my feet. I see no reason not to.

If you’re having trouble setting them on your knee, just use your feet. If you gotta set it on the bank and carry it to the water, so be it. You’re worrying too much about running max number of traps and losing seconds here and there. My advise: you’re still in the learning phase. Don’t try to run 50 sets. Run 25 or 30, or less, take the time to slow down, notice things, take notes, make adjustments, and concentrate on doing things RIGHT, not fast. With repetition will come speed, but if you’re trying to rush through you’re gonna miss out on a lot of good learning opportunities.

Take your time, concentrate on learning and forget about the numbers. You will be a better trapper for it.


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: AJE] #7642549
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Originally Posted by AJE
Longs are fine, but don't trade all your coils for longs.

Don't be afraid to set the trap on shore and then place in water, or set them in shallow water using your feet to assist.

Good Advice


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Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642563
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Look into one hand setters by David Sheldon.

Also, use hand grip strengthening devices.
Work out.
Build up your strength and stamina.
You will need strength to carry all the money.

Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: AJE] #7642564
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Originally Posted by AJE
If you're on a big time crunch, consider mixing in some colony traps.


I built 2 so far but need to talk to my mentor to see if they're actually going to work or if I just spent a bunch of time and money building tubes of wire.

Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: VaBeagler] #7642565
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Originally Posted by VaBeagler
I realize that I'm going to get blasted for this but I night latch all of my traps and set them with my feet. Lift up the loose jaw and set the pan level. Then I bed the trap.


I use my feet on land still because I'm fastest that way but when you're in 2-3 feet of water that is a little difficult.

Re: Setting 1.5 on knee [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7642586
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Looks like you're doing it about the same way I do. It really just looks like you need practice, and to lose your fear of the trap. Practice makes perfect. Just set a trap on your knee 10 times a day until you get it down. Bet within a week or so you'll have no problem. As was said, the gloves make it 10x harder, at least for me.


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