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Older trappers, a question for you? #7865691
05/14/23 09:24 PM
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Whats one thing that has saved you the most wear and tear on your body or made tour operation less impactful on the body. Predrilling stake holes comes to mind, but if there is anything in particular Id like to hear about it.

Thanks for your contributions.



Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865702
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Slow down.
Use gang setting more and extended check times-This allows that and keeps the catch up.
In other words use experience to trap smarter not harder.
Big bonus to trapping smarter is lower expense over return as you will be checking far fewer empty traps.

Last edited by Boco; 05/14/23 09:49 PM.

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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865703
05/14/23 09:37 PM
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I'm not all THAT old yet but the two things that make my trapline MUCH easier are conibear setting tongs and drags.


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865704
05/14/23 09:40 PM
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One Hand Setters and skinner winch.

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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: yotetrapper30] #7865705
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An auger in a battery powered drill for dirt holes.


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865706
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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865708
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Rerod woller holes for canines and what Boco says

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865709
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1) battery powered drill with dirthole auger.
2) pre-drilling earth anchor holes.
3) cutting earth anchors cables on pull day.
4) trays for beaver footholds.
5) Honda SxS


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865712
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Battery powered drill for dirt holes

Pogo stakes (rebar is HEAVY)

Setters are nice for 330's, I can still set 160/220 by hand faster than user setters.

Binoculars help saving walking all the way out to those far sets


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865724
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For myself it was driving by the sets coon/coyote not taking over a dozen steps from the vehicle, could carry all my tools traps and cutters one at a time, no mo heavy loads.
Yeahhh!!!!

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865729
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Times XX 2 on what Boco said also setting on sign and not just seeing how many sets you can make. Good locations and sets produce. Poor locations and sloppy sets a waste of time and energy.

Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865731
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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865734
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If you want to save your body till old age DON"T TRAP BEAVER.LOl
I think the biggest thing Is to do lots of pre season scouting. This keeps you In shape and cuts down on a lot of extra work when It comes to actually setting and running the line.
And like Boco said gang setting Is important.


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865769
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Electric winch, my hands just cant take the pulling needed to skin dried once frozen coyotes..


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865771
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The realization that I have NOTHING to prove to ANYONE, and I can have fun no matter how many sets I have out or how much I catch.

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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: yotetrapper30] #7865773
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Originally Posted by yotetrapper30
I'm not all THAT old yet but the two things that make my trapline MUCH easier are conibear setting tongs and drags.

Drags are really useful, no stake driving.


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865788
05/14/23 11:42 PM
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Winch
Wolf fangs (cut and run)
One hand setters with the MJs
Brick or rock hammer
Waxed dirt


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865802
05/15/23 12:13 AM
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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865810
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Just say no to all forms of single strand wire: tie wire, beaver drowner wire, etc.. Once you figure out how to eliminate wire from your operation you'll kick yourself for not doing it years ago.


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Re: Older trappers, a question for you? [Re: Carolina Foxer] #7865823
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Disposable anchors and a 4 wheeler have allowed me to keep trapping although the body is beat up


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