Re: Pan tension explanation
Hair trigger means it will fire before the foot is actually down, results in toe catches or misses if the trap is slow coming up through the covering. Even freezing and thawing will set it off, mice might set it off especially if the covering is heavier from being wet. I prefer not to catch things like squirrels and rabbits in my coyote sets. A matched pan tension results in the foot being fully planted and committed before firing.
A lot of traps have screws on the pan swivel to adjust tension. On my MB's I use underalls that take the tension from a stock 1 1/2 pound up to 3 lb.
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