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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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#3 was a bit of a pain...

You guys have read of my issues in my "frustrated" thread. Well, this was one of the sets that I haven't had any trouble with. It's a big hole set stuffed with a muskrat carcass and a wad of grass on the side of a big mound of dirt. I set these whenever I can because they garner so much k9 attention. (I caught the neighbors dog in a similar set yesterday.) This mound was covered up in fox and coyote tracks. I couldn't get a stake to bite so I used a drag. Not much brush around but the field is unmowed so there's lots of big grass hummocks to get hung up on....or at least that was the plan.

I checked this set the other night and thought it was frozen down. Like a dummy I tapped the dirt over the pan and ended up with a nice 4 coiled k9 wolfer across all 4 fingers on my right hand. LOL

I checked the line this morning and the flag I had marking the location of the drag itself was down. We only had a skiff of snow but I could plainly see coyote tracks going straight into the set with no hesitation. I looked around with my flashlight and was having a really hard time finding a direction of travel and was really surprised to not see the animal hung up somewhere. I also found where it's mate was on the backside of the same mound. I wished I'd had 2 traps there. I did have another set about 25-30 yards away though.

I looked as long as I could but had to leave for work. I called my buddy who is the landowners son and gave him a heads up. Turns out his work for the day got cancelled so he said he'd go see if he could find it. A half hour later he called and said he'd found it. It was 500 yards from where the set was, tangled up in some brush. The pics will show how it made it that far.

3 down, 3 to go.

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https://dl.dropbox.com/u/89301270/0118130817a.jpg

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/89301270/0118130818b.jpg

I need to come up with a better drag solution.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 01:40 PM
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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

weld a bar up near the loop.

Glad you got your yote.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 01:42 PM
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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

Them drags work ok in heavy brush but I like the conner tracker drags they will hang up in a cut hay field....

To fix your drags in a vice and squeeze them shut and weld or you can weld a swivel body on them
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 02:40 PM
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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

Wow, lucky find, glad you got it. Do like the other posters have said, pinch the drag shut and/or weld a bar to keep that chain out of there.

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I checked this set the other night and thought it was frozen down. Like a dummy I tapped the dirt over the pan and ended up with a nice 4 coiled k9 wolfer across all 4 fingers on my right hand. LOL
I actually LOL'd when I read that, thanks for giving me a laugh this morning!

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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

First time using drags so it's a learning curve. I'll definitely make a change ASAP.

As for catching myself, after I spit the dirt out of my mouth I told myself I was a dumb...well, you know. LOL I did chuckle afterwards about it.

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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

That drag in the photo would work fine for fox but its too light for coyote. You need something heavier.

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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

Ive always used a long branch as a drag. Of course it all depends where you are setting but I've had good luck using whatever is available in the location of my set as a drag.

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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

Another thing to think about is how long the chain is that you use to attach the trap to the drag. (I recommend at least 6 feet. I've got about 6 feet of chain on my drags plus the 10 inches or so that come on the trap.) Maybe it was all open terrain but 500 yards is a long way not to get tangled around something.... I don't see a problem with the two prong drags (once you get the chain fixed to is properly) as long as you use a long enough chain... Just my 2 cents.. Glad you got the yote. Nice job.

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Re: #3 was a bit of a pain...

6 ft chain on that same drag has stopped plenty of coyote and cats for me but that's always been in brush. good lession...i may have to modify my drags as mentioned above.
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