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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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i am running sleepycreek 13/4 4coiled centerswiveled baseplated for fox and coyote but today i had a coyote pull out of a set so my ? is should i start running my number 3 4coiled beaver traps for coyote and pray a fox don't get in one for fear of leg damage any help would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 03:11 PM
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Re: sleepCreek

The coyote may have been toe caught. The Sleepy Creeks are fine most of the time.
Are you positive it was a coyote?

Also, I have caught fox in #3's with no problems on the legs. Reds that is.
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I have had the same problem with the 13/4 offset the regular jaw sleepycreeks ididnt have aproblem with ihad 2 doz brand new ones that itraded for 1.75 bridgers kinda lost faith in the sleepycreeks
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If it didn't damage the trap, you can't blame the trap.
Lots and lots of coyotes have been held in #1.5 of all makes and models from dukes to MB550s.


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positive it was a coyote the farmer seen it it the trap around 730 this morning i got there to check at 815 i'm useing offset jaw would it be better to switch to a regular jaw
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Re: sleepCreek

If they are like the 13/4 Sleepys I had, you could literally pull the jaws of a snapped trap open far enough to insert you finger without touching the levers. Something about the jaw design makes them so they don't lock up. Stick a large screw driver in and twist and they pop open easily. They would not hold fox or coon, period. I had regular jaws put in them and they worked fine, but were hard on coon, so I sold them.
I'm sure they hold coyotes fine with high foot catches, but I'm not into playing catch and release...
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Yea I get the science behind offset but still will not use a trap that has a gap in the jaw.
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fairchild i'm not blameing the trap i wanted to make sure the trap was big enough to hold a coyote as i have never used them before or have i tryed to catch a coyote till this year it was probly more of bad pan placement on my part because the set was intened for redfox so i had the trap placed closer to the hole and had the pan tention lowered for fox so the trap may have fired to quick
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Re: sleepCreek

I had the same problem a couple years ago. Popped the jaw right out on 1 3/4 Offset Sleepy. I'm not too big on the offsets anymore since then.



Pawsonpan has good advice. Switch to regular jaws. I have #3 offset Sleepies and would much rather not use them for fox at all. I bought the Sleepy Creek brand because they are <span style="font-weight: bold">American</span> made from the place in West Virginia I love to hunt. I'm personally ready to invest in a dozen MB550's because they are also made in the U.S. but also because they are ready to go right out of the box...after cleaning of course.

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Banjoman, That must've been a very frustrating moment right there. Maybe it wasn't a yote that did that, I'd bet it was a mountain lion... You won't have any problems with the jaws popping out on the 550's btw...

It is time to manage avian predators!
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