Re: Fox Drags
I use 6' machine chain with quick links on both ends. I use the larger drags or a wheel rotor or a long piece of wood. The quick links hook up easy to any of them. I like the wheel rotors because they leave a drag mark pretty much anywhere even on crusty snow and ice. You can set them out inconspicuously ahead of time, I'm on private property so I leave them out forever.
If you're new to trapping or just drags I suggest you test it a bit slowly till you learn them unless you really have a lot of time to spare. I've had some trying times with prong drags. In woods I've had coon take them up nice timber trees. You shoot the coon and it stays up in the tree held by the drag, then you need to find a way to get 20' up a straight trunk to the first branch.
I've had animals that I just couldn't find for a very long time. In like multiflora rose the animals don't fight so there is no physical disturbance, the animal feels concealed and it just flattens to the ground, a prong drag sometimes doesn't leave a drag mark to even establish a direction. I've looked for a really long time near and far in old pastures with weeds and brush only to find it relatively close but nearly invisible. I'll say to myself I must have walked by that thing 20 times without seeing it. That's why I like the rotors, they leave a drag so you can at least set a direction of travel and they can't climb with it.
Living in the north and only trapping late I know I'm going to have snow. If you get a late night or early morning snow unless you planned ahead you'll have no idea if your trap is under the snow or not. I put the drag off to the side and push a "conspicuous to me" stick or weed into the eye of the drag or through the center of the rotor so from a distance I can tell whether the trap was taken or not. In the early 80's when fox were $75 and coon 50 it was foolish to stake a trap in a field, people travelled at night with spotlights looking for the eyes of a trapped animal. So you used drags, but when it snowed you looked across the winter wheat field knowing you had 4 traps out there and now you don't know if any of them caught anything at all. You have to go out and kick out the snow to find out.
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