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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Chain length for coon and mink

Just got 2 dozen Duke 1.5's for coon trapping next season. Made a few mods last night. What chain length do you guys prefer for coon and mink? I think the factory ships these with about a 15 inch chain. Seems long to me. Also, does anyone else have issues night latching Duke traps? The dog and pan seem like they are way to rounded to get a clean pan set. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

I use a Dremmel tool to put the night latch on the pan. I then grind or file the end 1/4" of the wide top part of the dog to knock off the hump or bubble that is on ALL Duke dogs and square up the end of the dog to match the night latch. Then adjust your pan hieght. As far as chain length goes I put a MB crunch proof swivel on the D ring of the base plate. I then put 12" of MB #2 Twist link chain on. Then I put another crunch proof swivel and then attach my MB chain stake. The chain on the chain stake is 16" long. Two swivels have always worked for me but my brother always puts 3 between the trap and the chain stake chain. He says " just in case ". They are cheap so it doesn't hurt the wallet either way. LB

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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

I'm not a longliner guy, but I hardly do anything to them and they always work fine for me. That's the only trap I used this season and never had empty catch circles

1. take a file and square up the dog and take off the burr

2. level the pan

3. adjust the pan tension

4. file off any sharp edges.

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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

Long beard and rain man I sent you a PM with a ? about mink and dukes
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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

I use drags for ALL coon sets.I use 14 guage wire and attach to limbs with alot of braches.Coons can't get a good pull when using drags to free themselves
For mink, I had 2 ft of chain and a fox drag.Makes setting mink traps super fast.set trap and push drag into mud out in deeper water or just toss into deeper water.Once mink gets into water,they go right to the bottom from weight of trap
duke traps are easy to mod.Sq. up pan and dog and file in nightlatch,set pan tension.i like a little for coon to get a deep foot catch;none for mink

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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

15" is fine for coon and mink. I like jayden41 wire almost all my coon and mink sets. I wire them to logs rocks or what ever is available. It's way easer to carry in 5 traps and a spool of wire than its is to carry 5 traps with six foot chains and drags. It might take u a couple min longer to set each trap. I am going to rig up 2 dozen 1.5's with 6' chains and drags to try when I'm running 100 traps this year. I never ran more than 40 at a time. I'm going to long line for coon twice this year for the first time. Once late november and over christmas I'm going to need to set as fast as I can and 6' chains and drags are going to be the ticket. There is no need to have a shorter chain for coon and nine in my opinion

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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

Don't file edges of jaws!!!!! The Way the jaws are out of the box are what make dukes the best coon trap out there.

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Re: Chain length for coon and mink

I place all mine on drowning rigs. Lightest tension possible, I catch norway rats too, but always have three sets per stop.
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