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Trap size for groundhogs #8130999
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I have a couple of Comstock cages I use for groundhogs...they are 30x9x11. They seem to work very well and I would like to order more. Before I do, I am wondering if I should order a different size for some reason. Would there be any wisdom in getting a little smaller trap or a little larger trap? Some of you more experienced guys probably have a point of view you're willing to share based on situations you've been in. The Comstock and nose cone seem to be super effective for the groundhogs. I've also caught skunks in them. I don't have armadillos around here, but I may use them for coon at some point. I'm also considering the 3-way nose cone to help speed up the process when there are multiple hogs coming through an opening. Are they all they're cracked up to be? Does it seem to work well to put 3 cages together like that? Thanks for whatever you can share...


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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: Trapper_Dusty] #8131129
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Coon require a longer trap. 30 and 36”.

36, 30, and 24” work for woodchucks and skunks.

Personally I don’t like the 18” traps as I’ve had the door close on animals. Only woodchucks for me, multiple babies were running in at once, but my business partner has had it happen with skunks, lol.

30 is the most versatile. 24 allows you to fit more in a truck. I’m more particular about the triggers. I like the Gen 1 and Gen 2 triggers the best. I don’t like the Gen 3 triggers. You can run the Gen 2 triggers on Gen 3 traps.


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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: Trapper_Dusty] #8131153
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If you're going to use for both groundhogs and coon, stay with the 30". Yes, you will catch coon in 24" Comstock's when targeting groundhogs, but I personally wouldn't set them specifically for coon. Are your 30" Comstock's double doors?

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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: kinley31] #8131550
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They are double door....I really like 'em


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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: EatenByLimestone] #8131551
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I didn't realize there were different triggers. I bought mine a year ago, so I am guessing I have gen 3 triggers....you feel the others work better? I wonder if it is worth ordering the others and replacing mine?


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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: Trapper_Dusty] #8131695
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I've been eyeing the 30" to start my cage arsenal....


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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: Trapper_Dusty] #8131700
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I do. So, all 3 generations of triggers work. The reason why they have changed the trigger design is to lower the chance of the animal injuring itself. A worthwhile goal…

The gen 3 triggers are the ones that slide down over the pins. I went through a lot of triggers when they fall out of the trap and are left on site, fall out in the truck, get damaged, etc. The gen 2 triggers will slide over the bar and work the same, but due to their design, will not fall out of the trap. Best of both worlds… no animal injury and longer trigger life.

Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: Trapper_Dusty] #8132148
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My go to Comstock for raccoons is a 30" with one flush mount door. You can easily (most of the time) slide it up to a hole in the soffit, put some blocking material up, and there is no way out besides the trap. I went 3 for 3 on consecutive nights.

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Re: Trap size for groundhogs [Re: Trapper_Dusty] #8133648
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I have same ones as you, probably can’t go wrong with.a variety of sizes depending on how busy you are, I plan on 2-3 traps per job depending. Def get double door

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