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Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

Informal poll:
What are you using for your freeze-proof method for fox and coyotes?

We are using peat moss. Somtimes sprayed with RV antifreeze. Sometimes peat moss with layers of urea fertilizer pellets. Last year we tried waxed dirt.

So what is YOUR favorite?


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anthill dirt mixed with a little peat and calcium chloride
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Re: Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

I use straight peat moss, I bed in a layer of peat, and cover it with flake antifreeze.........then, I cover the trap to the top with peat, and dust flake antifreeze over top of it..........after a real hard freeze, I check them and if they are frozen at all it is usually just an 1/8" thick peat pancake, I peel it off and dust again...

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Re: Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

Thank You dietsch and Buckshot1822.

What is flake antifreeze?

I saw for the first time this morning the "peat pancake" you are talking about when we pulled a couple of our sets out. I am guessing that Peat Pancakes probably taste awful, even with syrup.


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Re: Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

Dry peat and table salt. Dry peat alone will make the pancake top in a freeze/thaw situation.
Peat with a heavy dose of salt will make for a wet looking, but functional trap bed in a freeze/thaw.

I tried RV antifreeze the other day for a set, but man does that stuff stink. Even though it says odorless right on the bottle.


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Re: Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

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Dry peat and table salt. Dry peat alone will make the pancake top in a freeze/thaw situation.
Peat with a heavy dose of salt will make for a wet looking, but functional trap bed in a freeze/thaw.
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but I've been using calc chloride. When I run out it'll be table salt. I don't think calc chloride is required to keep that pancake from forming.. Even in these temps. Unless it rains ALOT... And table salt is much cheaper..

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i run straight DRY peat no salt no nothing. never had an issue even with freeze thaw conditions

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Re: Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

I use buckwheat hulls underneath and on top of the trap. use a very light coating of wax dirt over top the hulls. A big bag of buck wheat hulls will last the whole year.. for bout 25 bucks.

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Re: Informal poll: freeze-proofing fox and coyote sets

this week, its peat/dry dirt/rv antifreeze (glycol and water)

2 days of rain and a freeze coming...we'll see how it fares before i do ALL my sets like that...


17, whats the ingredients of the RV antifreeze? glycol and water? or some sort of alcohol??? when i was shopping for mine, i found most all of the stuff had a form of alcohol in it...Preston brand only has glycol and water..i cant smell it at all..its been in the bed of my truck on the coldest nites yet and didnt even slush..so i reckon it aughta work..


some of my sets i put in last week were ice blocks..others were mud and fired way too slow..but werent frozen..im in the process of remaking them..but not remaking them all till after this next rain..gunna get my doe from saturday in the freezer the next 2 days..
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zonolite top coated with waxed dirt.
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