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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-28-2017, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Wasnít what I expected

I set a 160 conibear out a week ago near a coon den tree. I wanted to pick up a couple more nice coon before they got wooly and rubbed. There was a small spring/ ravine 75 yards below the tree, so I baited a cubby box with 1/2 a tainted muskrat carcass, with a little anise-vanilla oil. I caught a 21 lb boar coon the first night. The next check I was surprised to find a fisher in the set. Iíve caught a bunch of fisher the last 5 years, but this was my first one this year. Fortunetly, this fluke was in fisher season. I never set conibears for fisher, I can usually get them in dirt holes with a combo of Caven bait, Gusto lure. What was odd about this catch was it was caught behind the shoulders in the 160. I played with the trap before resetting....it seemed to fire properly. I donít know how it got that far into a 160.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 11:45 AM
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I thought a conibear could only be set in a watercourse?
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Wow, I can't believe this is posted on the internet!
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He said it was set in a nearby spring/ravine. I would think that could be considered a watercourse.

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He said it was set in a nearby spring/ravine. I would think that could be considered a watercourse.

I guess I mis-read it. I thought the spring was 75 yards away. Looking at the pic, it just looks like a hill-side and not any sort of a watercourse.

Sorry, my mistake.
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Read slowly....The was a den tree 75 yards above where this cubby was set. It was clearly in a water course, water runs down this ravine 365 days a year. The law states artificial cubbies need to be set in an established watercourse, waterway, marsh ,pond or dam.
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I guess I mis-read it. I thought the spring was 75 yards away. Looking at the pic, it just looks like a hill-side and not any sort of a watercourse.

Sorry, my mistake.
You didn't mis-read the post. The OP stated that there was a small spring/ravine 75 yards below the tree where he placed the set. So your observation was correct.
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I donít know how it got that far into a 160.
Suitcase like that, your trigger is being pushed too far out for trap to fire. Fix that.
Look at trap...trigger needs adjusted? notches need filed? First Coon bent trap? Trigger wire were on bottom, when set? 2-way trigger or 4- way trigger?
In that style of box, neck catches should be made. Fix that trap or replace it.

I played with the trap before resetting...
What if you kill another Fisher? Just asking.
Why not a foothold or DP for those Coon or the ole Spring Hole Set (you said you're at a spring)?
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Looking at the pic, it just looks like a hill-side and not any sort of a watercourse.
I'm looking at the same picture and see a spring seep, under Fisher's front paw & leg, going around back of box then running downhill on right.
Anyone else see this?

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Looking at the pic, it just looks like a hill-side and not any sort of a watercourse.
I'm looking at the same picture and see a spring seep, under Fisher's front paw & leg, going around back of box then running downhill on right.
Anyone else see this?
Yep. Can I have some popcorn now?
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