Join Date: May 2010
Location: Washington Co. , Pa.
Re: What is the best coon trap ????!!!!!!
I can't tell you why there were loses, only that it happened more than I liked. It's not because 1 1/2 coils are not strong enough to hold coons, but I've always kept pretty good notes on things, and there were weeks when it would be 10%. Not talking about snapped traps, I would only mark it as a lost animal if there was a disturbance (catch circle) of some kind. I switched to using all Sleepy Creek 11's in 1993 and since then I've had 4 lost coons out of what I would guess were 3 or 4 thousand held in those 20 seasons. I think if you can get a foot centered in an 11, no matter what time I check, it'll be there.
One theory I have on the coils, is that coons fight the trap and may get their back feet on the levers while pulling up on the front foot, releasing themselves ???