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1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox #7758550
12/30/22 09:37 PM
12/30/22 09:37 PM
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Wisconsin
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Steel Jaw Offline OP
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If you could pass along 1 tip for a new trapper for each species, what would you say?

I realize some target different fur bearers, so I thought I'd list a few species in case someone doesn't target others.

Coyote
Racoon
Fox
Beaver
Mink
Muskrat

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758560
12/30/22 09:41 PM
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Set on sign and make sure your trap is bedded solid.

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758593
12/30/22 10:20 PM
12/30/22 10:20 PM
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Minnesota
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For fox and coyotes, if an area is good enough to set a trap, set two or three. You can get a double or a triple, or get that shy one to work one of the sets. I like to set a ďloudĒ dirt hole(eye appealing) with bait and lure, a scent post with a dab of gland lure and urine and a subtle dirt hole with fresh frozen mice.

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758611
12/30/22 10:34 PM
12/30/22 10:34 PM
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Amite county Mississippi
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Understand where YOU are int the country and how YOUR animals work.


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Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758621
12/30/22 10:38 PM
12/30/22 10:38 PM
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Posts: 472
Georgia
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Georgia
Donít just assume that because a bait or lure comes from a ďreputableĒ dealer thatís itís good. Test for yourself and listen to the animals

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758700
12/30/22 11:48 PM
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Set on sign, bed traps solid, pay extremely close attention to tracks at your sets. The animals will tell you exactly what you did wrong if you slow down and study their tracks close. I never set less than two traps at a location. Sometimes up to five or six. Pan tension is VERY important. Freeze proofing is even more important. You probably donít get the freeze/thaw all winter long like I do, but when you do it can be very frustrating.


"I have two guns, one for each of ya."
Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758741
12/31/22 01:23 AM
12/31/22 01:23 AM
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For muskrats, my #1 tip would be bottom edge sets.

Last edited by AJE; 12/31/22 01:24 AM.
Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758877
12/31/22 08:14 AM
12/31/22 08:14 AM
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My tip on coyotes and foxes would be. Donít ruin the fun of it worrying about scent and stuff. As said above find a good location and get after them. Good luck


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Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7758924
12/31/22 09:01 AM
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If you are only interested in the "harvesting" aspect of wildlife you will never be as good of a trapper as you could be. Learn as much about your quarry 24/7, 365 as you possibly can................................. the mike

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Wife] #7759099
12/31/22 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Wife
If you are only interested in the "harvesting" aspect of wildlife you will never be as good of a trapper as you could be. Learn as much about your quarry 24/7, 365 as you possibly can................................. the mike


This is good advice. All year round Iím looking at tracks, watching animals in the field, taking notes about what theyíre doing and more importantly why they seem to be doing it.

Also, one of my biggest personal hang ups, if you set an area and nothing is happening there, donít be afraid to cut your losses and pull out of that location. For me itís tough to do that, I always want to leave the sets in thinking the next check could be it, but most of the time I end up checking empty sets over and over. I donít know if this is true for most, but for me it seems like 10% of the locations produce 90% of the fur. Iíve got to learn to pull out of the ones that arenít producing and move on. This season is a great example. Iíve been running around a dozen sets in one canyon trying to catch a bobcat and in that canyon I have caught 7 red fox, 2 grey fox and 2 coyotes. 4 of the reds and one of the greys were all caught in the same trap, I just keep resetting it and it keeps on catching fox. One other set has caught 2 reds and a coyote. The other ten sets combined caught 1 red, 1 grey and 1 coyote between them. Unfortunately none of them cave caught a cat yet lol.


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Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7761050
01/02/23 07:11 PM
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Learn first, how to truly sharpen a knife !

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7761440
01/03/23 04:50 AM
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Location and solid bedding are key and like Pawnee says don't sweat the scent stuff and at least two set per location if you have the steel.

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7761445
01/03/23 05:14 AM
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Traps hanging in the barn rarely catch anything. laugh


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Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7765964
01/08/23 09:03 AM
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Location and solid beddin. Pay attention to sign. If u get a miss study and learn.

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7765980
01/08/23 09:25 AM
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When mink trapping learn the blind set. When I walk to a spot I carry 3-5 Bridger 150ís, equal amount of KB Stabilizers, and a spool of wire. I usually set all the traps within 30í of each other. bottom edge, middle, high bank, etc. MAKE THEM RUN THE GAUNTLET! Remember too that a good mink set on the first day of the season is just as good on the last day.


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Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7766010
01/08/23 10:08 AM
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Location for sure. Set on sign, can't catch them if they are not there.

Re: 1 tip for a beginner, coyote, racoon, fox [Re: Steel Jaw] #7766069
01/08/23 11:04 AM
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