Some of what I like to do!

Discussion in 'Trapping & Fur Taking' started by 223Smitty, May 13, 2006.

  1. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    Like many of you....I'm a "tinkerer". I have several old Victor #1.5 & #2 longs I use for water. These are the humped crossframe traps (with the crimp-on pans) which have a terrible amount of slop/wobble in the pan, as well as no method of setting pan tension.

    My 1st attempt involved flattening-out the hump, and welding on new panposts, closing the pan up, and drilling both for a brass panbolt. This worked fine, but was time-consuming.
    Before:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/Trap%20Mods/stock1.jpg

    After:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/Trap%20Mods/Mod1.jpg

    Then I made a complete new piece that installs by drilling-out the 2 spotwelds on the frame/crossframe & bolting or welding the new piece on.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/LS%20Pan%20Conversion/LSPC-2.jpg

    This cut the time down by 1/2
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/LS%20Pan%20Conversion/Done3.jpg

    I also make my own baseplates (3/16") and a 1/4" round base-lamination to centerswivel smaller traps.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Supplies/IM001546.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/Trap%20Mods/Duke1.jpg

    lol, when I get bored..........
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/Traps/RatTrap2.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/Traps/RatTrap1.jpg

    But what I like to do best is.........
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/1-8yote.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/10-24yotes2.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/10-19cn1.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/11-17-04.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/blkcoon2.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Pics/42lbbeaver.jpg
     
  2. gooboy

    gooboy New Member

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    Thanks for sharing the photos. I always like to see some critters. That is some pretty good mods on those traps. Really liked the picture of the black coon. Never seen one this color.
     

  3. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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  4. Tinboat

    Tinboat New Member

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    I've never trapped other than a coupla conibears for ground hogs. How do you guys dispatch a trapped animal?
     
  5. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    For me, it depends upon the animal & how they were caught, but what has priority is to do it as quickly & humanely as possible.

    Coyote usually get a .22 to the heart, fox, coon, possum usually cervical dislocation. Beaver, mink, rats & coon (trapped in water) are set-up on drowning rigs.

    Skunk, either get lung-shot with a .22 or injected with about 10cc of acetone with a syringe pole. This is an extendable pole with a syringe on the end (pic below)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/223smitty/Trapping%20Supplies/SkunkPole.jpg

    Smitty
     
  6. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    good to see ya smitty,glad you found your way here
     
  7. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    lol.....I should be mad at you for not telling me about this place :tounge_out:

    haha, glad to see ya here too!

    Smitty
     
  8. gooboy

    gooboy New Member

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    Smitty, are you planning on attending the national convention this year in Hutchinson, Ks?
     
  9. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    ................sorry about that smitty but i geuss i didnt have you pegged as a catfisherman lol i am glad you found you own way though i have been on here for a long while and its full of some real nice people and a heck of alot of knowledge to boot:lol:
     
  10. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    I wish I could, like many others I fall under the control of $3 a gallon fuel. I have 1 other problem in that I haven't been able to work for 3 years now...was in a bad accident Feb. '03 (not my even) fault & my own insurance co. (Snake Farm) screwed me royaly....lost everything I had. Seems the "system" won't help either, even with 5 different Dr. reports. That's what ticks me off, to see the illegals get something I can't, even when I paid for it... :shame:


    Warcraft- lol....that's OK, I forgive ya:big_smile: . Yep, it didn't take long to realize how good of a site this is.

    Smitty
     
  11. katmandue

    katmandue New Member

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    There's a national national convention in Hutchinson? Freakin A! I just moved from Wichita, not 6 months ago.:choler:
     
  12. channelcat_tracker

    channelcat_tracker New Member

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    as you look at my posts friend i shall return the favor and look at your posts. it looks like i have 1 of those victors at my uncles house. i appreciate always seeing a successful trapping season. i like that racoon color on the black one. well ill be poppin in on your other posts. keep it up!:lol:
     
  13. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    Smitty, you have been trapping with Eric I can see now. He is the possum catching one fellow I have ever seen. He has a special trick he uses to catch them, I have not learned it yet. I will how ever be questioning you on the method used to catch such a fine looking possum as Eric will not give up his secret.
     
  14. 223Smitty

    223Smitty New Member

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    We "Grinner Getters" are sworn to uphold out vow of silence......heck, if everyone knew our secrets they'd all be out searching for a way to capture these beautiful animals for their extremely valuable ($2) pelts. By sharing these closely-guarded secrets with an outsider, I would be putting my very life at risk.........I have already said too much.....I feel someone is watching me as I type.........

    Besides there aren't too many animals that will actually smile at you when you catch them..........:big_smile:

    Smitty
     
  15. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    When me and Eric run a line together, we give each other a hard time about catching possums. I had been the skunk catcher till this year. Eric just flat out did me on the sknunk too. I would not trade one day on the line with my partner for a whole truck load of fur caught by myself. We have so much fun when running together, and our catch rotio goes up 100% I feel.
     
  16. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    Smitty, you forgot one...

    Member:ISTA, OSTA, NTA, FTA, PETA
     
  17. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    Ok I have never trapped. always wanted too but didn't know anyone that did it or wanted too and I didn't know how to get started. Where do I start?
    Smitty what is cervical dislocation? I heard that people club their trapped animals. I don't think that is humane and I couldn't do it. I do hunt so shooting I can handle.
     
  18. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    I would not call it clubbing, but rather knocking out. There is a differance.
     
  19. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Hey gargoil,I'm not smitty,but I have an idea abt cervical dislocation.My best guess would be breaking their neck,having had a broken neck before it is pretty similar to the terminology the Dr's used.Just my guess.
     
  20. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    You're right. there is a differance. Sorry for that comment.