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coon troubles

Greetings! This is my first year trapping, and things haven't been going my way. I have been setting DPs and have only got 1 coon locally (3 total).

I haven't seen much sign, but did see quite a few on my cameras. I am trapping on 6 wooded acres with an intermittent stream. I have set mostly along the creek. My neighbor has an outside cat that I want to avoid. So, I have been using fruit loops with marshmellows aa bait.

I have used coon crack and blue mtn lures. I also put some coon gland lure about 2 to 3 foot off the ground and squirting fish oil around.

Have the coons just moved off, or is bait/lure selection suboptimal?

Thoughts?
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Re: coon troubles

Your bait sounds good, how many traps you have out?

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Re: coon troubles

Maybe what they were feeding on then is not there now, somewhere stuff will change thier habits, simple as someone stops putting bird seed out or something of that nature

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Re: coon troubles

we had parvo sweep thru here, hard to find a coon now.

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Re: coon troubles

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Your bait sounds good, how many traps you have out?
Had 9 set last week. Snapped them Saturday due to summer weather and my availability. I will be resetting again soon.
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Re: coon troubles

As Matthews mentioned above they might have moved on to a different food source... Coons are creatures of habit and usually go from den trees in a straight line to wherever they want to eat that day and will then wander about till they go back to their den. They may have multiple locales they may eat but will usually travel the same pathways to those food sources. Their trails are pretty easy to pick out most of the time. Later in the Winter the boars will start running ridges and oak flats during breeding season during warm spells.

Down along any of the streams if you aren't seeing many fresh tracks it might be a good idea to move some of your sets.

A lot of times I've found its good to put the DP right in the middle of where their trails are to get them to put their face right past the trap so they don't have to stray far from their trails to investigate.

As far as your baits / lures, it probably isn't the main factor in the limited success you are having... location is the biggest thing. I've picked up 21 this year so far with limited sets (not focusing too much on them because of market). The crazy thing is that 7 of them came from the same DP cabled to the same tree right on a trail that connects cover transitions / different food sources.
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As Matthews mentioned above they might have moved on to a different food source... Coons are creatures of habit and usually go from den trees in a straight line to wherever they want to eat that day and will then wander about till they go back to their den. They may have multiple locales they may eat but will usually travel the same pathways to those food sources. Their trails are pretty easy to pick out most of the time. Later in the Winter the boars will start running ridges and oak flats during breeding season during warm spells.

Down along any of the streams if you aren't seeing many fresh tracks it might be a good idea to move some of your sets.

A lot of times I've found its good to put the DP right in the middle of where their trails are to get them to put their face right past the trap so they don't have to stray far from their trails to investigate.

As far as your baits / lures, it probably isn't the main factor in the limited success you are having... location is the biggest thing. I've picked up 21 this year so far with limited sets (not focusing too much on them because of market). The crazy thing is that 7 of them came from the same DP cabled to the same tree right on a trail that connects cover transitions / different food sources.
Great info!

16/17 deer season:

Wet butt so far
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