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I placed my two traps out for the second time ever this week and this morning my one trap was set off and had a rabbits foot in it. The trap that was set off was a Duke 1 3/4 with no mods. Do you think that I should up the tension on the pan or let it set at the factory tension. I was also thinking that the rabbit just might have been running, which would give it enough weight to set the trap off. He was just running in a bad spot then.
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Re: pan tension

My fox traps are set at 1 1/2 - 2 lb.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 03:25 PM
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Re: pan tension

Light as possible has been working for me for many years. Rabbit killed at set will improve your odds for predators.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: pan tension

I don't necessarily know the rabbit was killed there because all I found was a foot in the trap. For all I know a fox came by and got him. I am still hoping the fresh scent will help. Still waiting to catch my first fox.
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Re: pan tension

Pan tension will definitely help you in a couple ways. One, it will cut down on non-target catches. I learned this real quick when I caught a few mice in 1 1/2 coilsprings. Two, a lot less snapped traps. Three, your target's foot will be buried in the trap. Two pounds is about right for fox. You want the animal's full weight on the pan when it goes off. Pan tension and minimal pan travel equals good solid catches.

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Re: pan tension

how do you check to see what your pan tension is at?
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Re: pan tension

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how do you check to see what your pan tension is at?
There is a tool made for checking it or you could simply get a 2 X 4 cut it to the weight you want and place it on the set trap pan and adjust until it fires.
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Re: pan tension

2 pounds is what I set my pan tension too

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