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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Any fox tips

Any tips this year beens its been warm out, theres a fair amount of food and the place where i trap there is alot of coyotes and there is hardly any trapping?
im trapping for foxes
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 12:53 AM
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1 Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
2 Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
3. Bed your traps solid!!!!!!

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What bux&dux said but one key to that I found that works for me in Lancaster county is set your trap and place it where you want it. Tip ( I do 7" out from the dirthole and 2"-3" offset right or left. your choice) then lay it where you would place it and trace it with your trowel. Cut the bed no more then 1" away from all edges of the trap. I drive the anchor and kinda bowl out the bottom of the bed. I then "screw" in the set trap and bed it solid. Place trapper's cap and cover and pack with sifted peatmoss. Then cover and pack again and again till you have 1/4" covering the entire trap. Pull off the trapper's cap and sprinkle sifted peat on to the pan to level up with the rest of the peat. Now sift the dirt you dug out of the trap bed on top of the peat until there's a 1/4" covering all the peat and blend with surroundings. I add Hiawatha valley bait, Violator 7 lure and a little dribble of fox pee. Oh and to make the dirt hole I use a piece of 3/4" round stock steel 3' long. I drive it 12"-14" deep at about a 45% angle and "churn" it in a circle till the opening is about 2" at the top. The hole is the last thing I make when making a dirthole. I always try to use a grass clump that is there or I transplanted or a big odd rock (for a eye catcher) or a piece of log for backing. Also I like to set where tractor or 4 wheeler paths enter a field or power line. Power lines are deadly here in Lancaster!!! And I use polyfill under the pan and I wear cotton gloves or set with bare hands when setting traps no matter what critter I'm after.

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1 Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
2 Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
3. Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
According to Russ Carman, that is not a necessity, if you make the fox take one good step into the set. Read "Foxes by the 100's". It is a very informative book. Lots of great ideas.
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With all due respect to Russ. I disagree that solid bedding isn't important. Movement underfoot will almost always end in a dug up trap. I wonder if the strain of fox to the east act differently to those in the west. They are a different fox, maybe more so than thier hide.

Russ was talking reds, how bout greys? Masters of trap digging. Let a grey adult with an agressive nature discover a trap that moves underfoot and you'll need to make some new plans for the set many times.

Bed them like you mean it and no worries.

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I'm not into trench sets. I can make a dirt hole, flat set faster. You will have less problems if you bed your trap SOLID.

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now nobody traps or hunts foxes or coyotes within my 5 -7 mile radius and there are alot here this year will that mean more or less foxes?
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243 fox population will vary from week to week and month to month. It all depends on food, cover and what stage the males are in. When you get into Jan. and Feb. the males are roamers and looking for females to breed. I have nailed fox like crazy on a farm the first week of trapping having it go dead for 2-3 weeks then bam! back in to them again for another week or two. The three keys are food, cover and where your local is in the breeding season.

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1 Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
2 Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
3. Bed your traps solid!!!!!!
X2

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fox:
coons:
coyotes:
mink:
muskrat:
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