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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Setting traps in hay fields

As I'm planning for next years rookie season of trapping, several spots I would want to trap would be in hay fields. How do I go about explaining catch circles in the field? Is this something to consider, or shouldn't I worry about this?
I am not sure if these catch circles quickly revive in spring, or should I avoid trapping these spots. I would hate to gain permission, and then get a double catch, and the farmer gets irritated. Just looking for some feedback if anyone else has dealt with this.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 10:19 PM
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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

Your catch circles will grow in before the 1st cutting of hay. So I wouldnt worry about it.
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what you do in the trapping season will not be noticed in the summer.go get em.you'll really enjoy this sport
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 11:34 PM
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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

Only thing i avoid is winter wheat fields....other than that, good to go...wont be noticed come spring! Ive never had them take a hay field to bare ground anyways...

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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

depending on how wet it is and what you catch....i would be careful not to irritate any farmers.......just my opinion
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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

I was trying to put myself in the farmers shoes and having someone trap my fields and tear them up. I wouldn't like it. Unless I knew it wouldn't bother it later on. Some spots would be better in hay strips due to wind direction and travel. Otherwise I would just avoid it to be courteous. Thanks for help.
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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

My catch circles from last year grew greener and faster this spring. I joked with the farmer that he owed me for fertilizer.. True story though. Don't worry about it..

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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

I trap lots of hay fields. Some farmers don't want you to drive on them, even if it is frozen. I suggest ask. The catch circles grow back, no problem. Had several traps smashed from big heavy farm equiptment along tractor roads. Something to think about.
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Re: Setting traps in hay fields

....good points old beaver...i came close to loosing 2w traps this year...a fox was working some round bales so i set them...one morning while checking here comes the farm and a skid steer to load em up and haul them to the barn since the ground was froze enough for him to get his truck and loader up on the hill...i was pulling that farm that day anyways..got em pulled just in time!

id NEVER EVER drive on even a farmers tractor paths without asking them...my buddy farms and i will drive his but try to stay off unless they are frozen or DRY solid..and i stay on his roads or drive in fields i made sure i can drive in...

first thing i do after getting permission is ask where i can park or drive...typically i just ask where i can park and walk in by foot till i establish a relationship with the farmer...i wouldnt want a stranger driving on my land..and the best way to REALLY upset a farmer is mess up his fields...

believe it or not my buddy was having trouble with people driving through his fields one fall..figured it was spotters...sure enough it WAS...the local POLICE!!! they SAID they were "chasing" spotters out and off the fields...but, never had lights on or stopped the vehicle...we think they were together and that made for a quick story...but they were told to stay out unless its an emergency....even if someone is driving in the fields, stop them when they come out! they gotta come out sooner or later! and, we drive in the fields regularly farming at night, trapping and running coon dogs and they NEVER came to investigate us...they were just lookin for the big one!
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