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stolen traps

after only having a few traps lost to theft in the last 20 or so years it seems that i had several stolen this season. was it the influx of trappers getting back out due to the increased fur prices? really has me wondering. what did anyone else have stolen? i lost 2 bridger 1.65 one 330 and 2 sleepy creek #3 dls . thats an awful lot of money to be lost to some scumbag thieves. all these traps were in productive spots on private property i have trapped since i was a kid. next year i'll be ready for war with these guys or gals.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 11:03 AM
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Re: stolen traps

In my years of experience the number of stolen traps goes hand in hand with fur prices. With the crappy economy, people will be looking for ways to make a quick buck.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 12:18 PM
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Re: stolen traps

I've had one stolen this year. First one for quite some time.... I trap a lot of public property. The trap I had stolen was on my own personal posted property.... I'm always prepped for war :-) Unfortunately, I think next season will bring out a lot of bad individuals.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 11:08 PM
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Re: stolen traps

had two stolen and one smashed witha rock like a pancake these people are the scum of the earth

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Re: stolen traps

No traps stolen just the red fox that was in it. Cable stake probably saved it.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 01:29 AM
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Re: stolen traps

The fur theives in my area seem to be coyotes.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 10:26 AM
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Re: stolen traps

I now believe that many of the traps that I thought were stolen were actually coyote catches when they first came into the area. Trap theft has not been as much a problem since switching to cable stakes.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 01:49 PM
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Re: stolen traps

no traps stolen and no sets messed with this year....


did however have a coyote shot and stolen!! was cabled..last day of the extended doe rifle season...i checked all my other sets first because they were in areas more likely to see deer hunter traffic....i messed up! funny thing was if they did not leave 100 boot tracks and would tried to clean up the blood and fur i would though i had one pull out...they stomped in the mud like they wanted to leave boot tracks...and a pile of blood and coyote fur on the ground on the far side of the catch circle from where he walked in...

he walked past 2 footholds out in the open fields and if he looked he could have seen 3 other cables..didnt mess with any of them..pretty strange you'll blow my fur apart and steal it but you leave my gear....

even left the cable that the yote was in...tried to cut 1x19 with a knife lol..poor knife! manage to cut a strand or 2...then finally pryed the BAD open..must couldnt figure out how the lock worked? guess it can be tricky to find with a good catch burried in fur...
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Re: stolen traps

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I now believe that many of the traps that I thought were stolen were actually coyote catches when they first came into the area. Trap theft has not been as much a problem since switching to cable stakes.
not these traps. coyotes don't pull up 45lb feed bags out of the water and take off.and with the smaller traps usually if they fight you find a catch circle and at least a piece of a trap. good thought though
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