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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2018, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Pan Covers

Who uses pan covers for land trapping?

Over the years, I've use different material for pan covers or under the pan.
Nowadays, I use Steel Screen.

Here's a 'Slip-On' steel screen pan cover I use on #2"s.
Pocket is aluminum screen. Its more flexible for pan to fit into. Staple pocket to pan cover.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2018, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Here's another version of the 'Slip - On' pan cover
Hale87 gave me some to try on Bridger #3's...I like 'em
He glued the top and pressed into a peat moss/hay mixture...


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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2018, 05:52 PM
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That looks slick Hern. Hard to tell where the where the trap starts and the ground ends. I don't usually use pan covers. I've got a assortment of trapper caps, some bought, some home made. I always think I get a more rock solid bedding using them.
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I got some stiff screen to try this season.....

I can't figure out how to use it lol. In videos, I see guys put it under the jaws and over the pan and it seems to work real slick.

Mine aren't quite long enough to do that.

Probably won't mess with them this year. I was thinking about making slip on like Hern showed.

The past year I trapped, I used a trappers caps and that really helped.

This season I will probably run waxed dirt and the trappers caps. Maybe polyfil under the pan. I made 5 gallons of waxed dirt and haven't used it yet.

I couldn't get peat to work well. Couldn't get a solid bed.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-14-2018, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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'06, make your beds smaller then pound sides to get the exact fit. Maybe not you, but some guys dig too large a bed and realize it's hard to bed trap solid. Trap starts moving around and extra dirt needed to fill in the sides, the same dirt you just removed.
Smaller bed usually solves that problem.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 08:28 AM
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Thank you Hern!

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That pan cover is an exact replica of the one Bob Jameson uses. I know that because I talked to him at a demo and he gave me one of his covers to replicate. I have a 5 gallon bucket full of them. Smear them with silicon and press them into the mixture of your choice.

They really blend in when making trail sets.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 10:00 AM
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you can get a roll of metal screening from home depot/lowe's for a couple bucks. i forget how many covers i was able to get out of a roll but it was well over 100. i cut them big, probably the size of the whole trap, then bend over the pan and then down around the coils so its not just a pan cover but a coil cover as well so both are free from dirt and have no problems firing. they usually get tore up easily from a catch, but i have a stack of them in my trap pack, so no worries. its certainly the quickest and cheapest way i've found so far. those custom slip-on covers are nice, but i can see them getting lost easy. when my screen covers are a nickel a piece and take all of 5 seconds to cut, they're the most efficient way i've found.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 05:11 PM
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I got a roll of screening at a auction for like 2 bucks, cut to fit works well. I have been using a Bridger 2 dog less lately, been a great trap n these screen covers work well.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 10:25 PM
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Waste of time. Use peatmoss.
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