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Missing trap mystery #7808080
02/26/23 08:29 PM
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Checked my traps and had one completely gone, earth anchor still in the ground but trap and chain is no where to be found. There was a catch circle so I had something but I donít know what would be strong enough to straighten a J hook. Only tracks around it was bobcat and one good sized coyote track. Itís got me puzzled any thoughts?

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808101
02/26/23 08:46 PM
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Some j hooks are junk. That is why I replace some of mine and weld them shut.

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: scheide] #7808121
02/26/23 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by scheide
Some j hooks are junk. That is why I replace some of mine and weld them shut.



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Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808123
02/26/23 09:28 PM
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I've seen where a coyote has opened a j hook.

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808124
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do you re-use your j hooks? I mean, do you after opening one use same one and close it again? I was told that after you open and straighten one out to change it with a new one. Are they mighty j hooks? Or just standard?

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Dennis W] #7808135
02/26/23 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis W
I've seen where a coyote has opened a j hook.



Enough times that mine get welded shut nowadays



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Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808153
02/26/23 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Woodrowyoter
Checked my traps and had one completely gone, earth anchor still in the ground but trap and chain is no where to be found. There was a catch circle so I had something but I donít know what would be strong enough to straighten a J hook. Only tracks around it was bobcat and one good sized coyote track. Itís got me puzzled any thoughts?

Was your j hooks at the earth anchor welded? If not it is a must. I haven't welded my others but that one needs to be. I've heard of them getting opened up from getting drive in the ground, especially in really tight or rocky ground.

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Yes sir] #7808161
02/26/23 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Yes sir
Originally Posted by Woodrowyoter
Checked my traps and had one completely gone, earth anchor still in the ground but trap and chain is no where to be found. There was a catch circle so I had something but I donít know what would be strong enough to straighten a J hook. Only tracks around it was bobcat and one good sized coyote track. Itís got me puzzled any thoughts?

Was your j hooks at the earth anchor welded? If not it is a must. I haven't welded my others but that one needs to be. I've heard of them getting opened up from getting drive in the ground, especially in really tight or rocky ground.

How deep do you pound in your anchors? Or do you add extensions and have extra swivels in your chain?
All my chain and the few with cable donít get pounded in far enough to stretch the J-hook.

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Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808169
02/26/23 10:21 PM
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I might of misunderstood the post
I was thinking the s hook on the earth anchor. My reading comprehension is sometimes lacking. smile

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808233
02/26/23 11:57 PM
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J-hooks to attach a trap chain to an anchor chain or cable is an antiquated method. Use a 3/16" quick link amd tighten it snug with pliers.


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Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808365
02/27/23 10:21 AM
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Maybe someone cut the cable?.

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7808861
02/27/23 09:36 PM
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Thanks for the info itís a bad way to learn a lesson but next season all of them will get welded.

Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Swamp Wolf] #7811303
03/02/23 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Swamp Wolf
J-hooks to attach a trap chain to an anchor chain or cable is an antiquated method. Use a 3/16" quick link amd tighten it snug with pliers.



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Re: Missing trap mystery [Re: Woodrowyoter] #7812084
03/03/23 04:26 PM
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