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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Domestic catches

What do you guys on here do with a domestic animal catch? I caught a pitbull mix this week and the first thing that went through my mind was "oh no I didn't bring my snare pole". I got out and was just talking to her real calmly. Made a fist with a leather trapping glove and put my hand near her to see if she would bite. She didn't so I just reached down and let her out. She ran about ten feet and sat down. I called her and she came right over. Real nice after letting her out. I petted her and checked for tags but there were none. She stunk real bad so I figure shes an outside dog. The catch was right across the pad and it was sore but I felt all across her foot and it seemed fine. She never pulled away when messing with the paw. What do you guys do in that situation? I caught a nice big red in the reset 2 days later and a pullout of some kind day after that. Funny that most of my buddies, even ones that hunt all thought a trap is supposed to break their legs. Strange

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Re: Domestic catches

got a couple dogs running loose where i am trapping too. no collars. i think one is the same one i let out last year. if i get them this year they are going to the pound.

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Re: Domestic catches

i caught a rather large black sheperd a few years ago at the family nursery.pointed the revolver at it and stuck out my free hand for a sniff.it started wagging its tail so i figured it was friendly.when i released it it ran over and jumped in my truck.had to grab it by the collar to get him out.turned out well for the both of us.
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Re: Domestic catches

I just let em go if and when it happens...no biggie...Dogs are so happy to be let go....cats on the other hand arent so nice...

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Traps are not intended to break legs. Broken legs can result in twist off.




When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
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Re: Domestic catches

Yes, John S, we know that LOL.

Most dogs I've caught get a bit grumpy when I go to open the trap, I'm assuming that when I start to open the jaws there's some soreness they are feeling. But other than that, I only had one dog that was bad, and it was a german shepherd I caught twice 2 seasons apart. Not a very smart GS I guess, and not too brainy owners either. This same dog was supposedly running deer and the owners had been warned the dog would be shot if caught at it again. It's what the guy who got me permission to trap told me anyway ( he being one of the deer hunters, but not 1 of the ones who would actually shoot the dog).

Feral cats- they differ. Some want to scrap, others are just so scared they try to turn and get away allowing me to get the trap open. The scrappy ones I pin down the neck with a Leggetts trappers helper. I can't kill a healthy looking cat. Non of these ferals ever looks mangey, ratty, etc. One of them jumped in a pond and swam across it after I let it go. Made me almost think I'd just let a bobcat go, since every domestic cat I've ever had hates being in water.
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Re: Domestic catches

I know their not intended to break legs. Was just taken back by the fact that some hunters were the ones asking about broken legs.

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Re: Domestic catches

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I know their not intended to break legs. Was just taken back by the fact that some hunters were the ones asking about broken legs.
It's pretty amazing how some accomplished hunters know nothing about trapping. Hence they think traps maim, cripple and mangle critters. Any trapper worht his or her salt goes to great length to match the trap to the intended catch so as to NOT damage legs. Trappers are, as a rule, humane and caring folk and they also know that leg catches result in lost fur money.

Some folks were also born to editorialize ad nauseum.

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Its amazing how many people think traps break legs. I have a pic of a yote in a MB550 3 toe catch and they go look at that mangled leg. What mangled leg that's the way the leg is bent the trap is down lower than that. Also with domestics caught my wifes medium sized dog in an mb 650 let her out and was in my truck before I could blink lol. Cats well they are all different.

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Re: Domestic catches

Was setting more fox traps out no less than an hour ago and the farmer pulls up on the four wheeler with his dogs. Well one of the dogs decides to step on the trap i was setting a couple yards away as we were talking. We got him out of the trap pretty quick. He layed down for thirty seconds and was up and running around again. Farmer wasn't to upset either. more worried bout me cause the dog bit me pretty good when i reached down for the trap. I am probably hurting more than the dog right now. Trap was an MB550 too.
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