Too wet!

Discussion in 'Trapping & Fur Taking' started by beetle, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    Well I managed to get two coyotes yesterday in snares but I lost two others one in a leg hold and one in snare that was staked. The two I got were wired to fences. In the past week I have lost six that I had for a while do to all the ground tore up. I hate losing one with a trap still attached. I kept hoping the ground would freeze but all we keep getting is rain. So yesterday I pulled all my traps and hoping the weather will change in a week or so and finally get cold enough to freeze the ground. I use 18" long re bar for stakes and double stake them. When I put them out the ground was dry and hard but with all the rain and warm temps they just didn't hold any more. I still was able to hold a few coons but even they were a pain due to all the mud they rolled around in. Hows everyone else doing?
     
  2. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    have u tried tying to a tree root?
    we have done that here in texas since we dont get much freezing of the ground
     

  3. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    Yes I tie off if there are anything around but I trap in a lot of plowed fields. Not a tree or anything around any where. Most of the time by now our ground is frozen and I never have too much problem with pulled up stakes.
     
  4. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Have you tried the throw away cable stakes. There just a flat piece of metal with a cable attached. You shove the metal in the ground and the cable is sticking above the ground.
     
  5. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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  6. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    Those are some nice pics. You look like you do good work on putting up your furs. What is the weight of a big coon or coyote in your area. Most of the big coons I got this year average upper teens with one at 23 and one at 24lbs. The one male coyote I just got was the biggest so far this year at 44lbs.
     
  7. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    our big coons avg maybe 13-15 on the hoof while earlier this season we took some that would go 18-19. They were fat as pigs and semi prime. The coyotes avg 30-40. About 9 years ago I took a 58lbs male. I caught him in a #11 victor long spring. I had two toes. That was and still to this day is the only coyote that tried to get me when he saw me. I shoot him at 20 yard with my .38 spc. I had never seen yote try to come at me before or since.
     
  8. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Rodger have you ever tried using drags? i have great sucess with the two-prong drags for coyotes and cats it takes a larger hole to bury but the situation warrents it sometimes good luck