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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Good sign?

I went out during a break inbetween my classes to check my traps and on my last set my double hayset was sprung. The traps were tangled hay all over and on trap caught the other trap. I found black hair in the trap. So Im wondering how it got away and if this is a good sign?



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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 05:07 PM
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Re: Good sign?

I don't think a sprung empty trap is a good sign. Sounds like whatever it was, was caught marginaly and pulled out.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 05:18 PM
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Re: Good sign?

Sounds like you probably got a toe catch on a red fox... Like Zrabfan said, not a good sign... trap educated fox are a pain in the butt
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Good sign?

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Sounds like you probably got a toe catch on a red fox... Like Zrabfan said, not a good sign... trap educated fox are a pain in the butt
Do you have a suggestions to set the traps diffrently to stop a toe catch from happeingin? I know the traps shut fast enough first hand experience from yesterday lol.

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Re: Good sign?

More pan tension.Are the traps regular or offset jaws?
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Re: Good sign?

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More pan tension.Are the traps regular or offset jaws?
Reguluar coil spring traps.

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Re: Good sign?

I had a sprung gayest last year and the problem I believe was I had to much hay over the trap and when it was set off it choked up the trap enough to allow a pull out. Now set them with the fines that I can shake from a bale
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Re: Good sign?

I think with a hay set its luck of the draw where he steps on the trap.
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I had a sprung gayest last year and the problem I believe was I had to much hay over the trap and when it was set off it choked up the trap enough to allow a pull out. Now set them with the fines that I can shake from a bale
It might of been that and my pan wasnt set corectly I'll check them tomorrow if its sprung again Ill take them home and adjust them and set them back out after school.

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Re: Good sign?

you had em in 2 traps and it STILL got out????


you sure it wasnt stolen??? maybe it tangled just right to give it the edge to power out..or both werent caught good..hard to tell..



i started building my haysets with 1 trap...or 2 traps set so they are far enough apart the critter cant get in both...i had a yote tangle in 2 traps and didnt like what i saw..it was NOT going anywhere though..



i dont use hay/straw from a bail...being best friends with a farmer has its perks...i sweep the barn floors and use the fine loose stuff to make my sets...whatever is left at the bottom of my bucket is real fine stuff and that is what i cover my traps with..

i use the hay and my lure placement to guide them onto the pan...ive taken 4 yotes in hay sets and 2 reds in a similar set in my trapping adventures..

also make sure your traps are tuned good and have some pan tension..mine are all night latched with about 2# of tension..havent had a catch that wasnt buried in the trap and not going anywhere..
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