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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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New to trapping. Advice needed.

So I have never trapped a day in my life. My 12 yo son has expressed an interest so we will give it a whirl. I borrowed 8 foothold traps and might buy a few DPs. I think I have a good understanding on bait and use for DPs. The questions I have are for canine with the foot holds. I know from trail cams that I have red and grey fox as well as coyote in the area. I plan on using post sets and dirt holes. What urine should I put on the post sets...fox or coyote...or some of each?? Also is natural bait like a feathered pheasant leg or squirrel parts effective if placed in a log etc? Would I put gland lure with the natural bait. Also do I need pan covers or can I put natural switchgrass under pan to prevent dirt from filling that void? Trying not to get in too deep with expense... Thanks for any replies...
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 07:48 PM
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

Just started myself. Welcome to the fold. I wanted to start cheap myself. After being out a little bit, I think my budget is going to the toilet. I am truly addicted. Wanted to wait until Bobcat Season, that fell through. Thinking about quitting work and cash in my 401K. LOL You will get some great help from this forum. Where you located?
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

Im in erie co but will also trap in venango... Where do I take the critters we catch...not doing the skinning and stretching thing...the few bucks we get will go to my son..
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

From what I heard from 2 buyers I called, prices are really down this year, they are not taking them in the round, even though they said they would earlier last month. But like I said, that was a couple here. Ask on here if anyone knows where fur buyers are in Erie and Venango and make some calls.
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

Poly fill pillow stuffing for under the pan, any attractor resembling another animal is not allowed to be visible from the air as a law due to aerial predators.
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Andrew c will help you out. Young guy with a world of knowledge.
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

I knew the bait cannot be visible from the air...hence placing it in a log or such...
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

Welcome to the fraternity RuffedG.

As far as your urine post question, red fox would be the your best choice. Red Fox urine will pull in red and grey fox as well as coyote. Coyote urine will sometimes scare of the foxes.

Check your regulations book that you get with the license. I believe you cannot use real feathers whether it can be seen or not.

I've heard poly-fill works great under trap pans but I've had issues with it. I've tried everything but found a pan screen cover works best for me. You may want to try a couple of things this year to find out what you like. This year will be a great experimental year for me because most fur is dang near worthless.

Speaking of fur prices, things are so bad that Greg Kohl is only doing his pick up route for NAFA on March 5, 2016 on a very shortened route. Plus, NAFA is reporting little to no interest for raccoon and wild mink.

The horizon is your starting point.
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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

I would say look at some of the trapping forums online and read thru their archives. There is some good info to be found. Read as much as you can and then just do it. Maybe practice putting a few sets in the yard. Practice helps. Having someone experienced actually show you can save a lot of time and mistakes if you can find some one local to show you some things. Then just have fun and learn

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Re: New to trapping. Advice needed.

Thanks trapper Rick with the urine post question...that's the kind of info I'm looking for...
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