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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Beagles and Fox Traps

I also posted this is the trapper's forum.

I am involved in small game hunting for rabbits with beagles. Last season there seemed to be a surge in my area in fox trapping, and I am concerned about running the beagle in areas where there may be traps set.

Last year I came upon trapped foxes when starting out hunting in farm country (Montgomery and Berks Counties) and simply returned the dog to the truck and went elsewhere.

That caused a great reduction in huntable areas in an area where open ground is in very short supply.

The long overlap of these two seasons is a problem. My main concern is having the dog caught in a set.

Any advice other than "don't hunt there?"

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 07:38 PM
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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

A fox trap will do little harm to your dog. My beagle and cat have both been caught in fox traps and other than being a little sore for short time, they suffered very little.

If you are with the dog and let it loose within a few minutes you would probably be able to keep right on hunting that day after checking to be sure nothing was wrong with his paw.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 08:24 PM
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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

I had an instance last yr. in which a beagle that was hunting with my dogs got caught in a trap set for coyote or bobcat. Someone threw a coat over him and opened the trap . He limped a for a minute and was fine after that. It scares the dog more than anything. If it ever happens make sure you throw a coat over him or the dog might bite out of fear. I'd check with the landowner if you are hunting private grounds and see if anyone's trapping and how long.There are not that many people trapping today as in the past .
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 10:27 PM
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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

The trap wont hurt the dog we have had coyote and coon dogs in them a few times. However if you arent close to the dog like we arent with coyote dogs at all times the dog itself can hurt itself in the trap, but the trap wont hurt the dog.
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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

If traps were as bad as some want you to think, most trappers would have broken fingers every year.
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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

I worry about cable restraints when I'm running the dog in winter. Whats the chance of having a run in with one of them?

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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

If it has the required stopper on it there easier to deal with then a leg hold. If you dog is lead or chain trained there wont be a single issue [censored] just stand there and wait for you
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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

worst case for any dog is the connibear. Ask the trapper if he has any of those out....

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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

I've had my beagles caught in foot hold traps. Doesn't seem to bother them at all, just release them and they go back to hunting.

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Re: Beagles and Fox Traps

I had an idiot dog get caught 4 times last year, I was sorry we messed up someone's sets. No damage to the hound at all. The more fox these guys catch, the better the rabbit population. I certainly would not skip hunting a spot because there may be traps there.

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