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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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traps dug up

Now Im new to trapping so be easy on me haha. I had a problem this year with a good amount of traps being dug up. I was bedding in peat moss. wore rubber gloves and did my best to keep human scent off the traps. What was I doing wrong that my traps kept being dug up? Was it scent? Traps not solid enough. Just wondering what you guys think so I can fix my problem for next year.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 12:58 PM
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Re: traps dug up

my guess is traps not bedded solid

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Re: traps dug up

Agree, sounds like they're feeling it and then digging them.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 01:38 PM
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Re: traps dug up

If you are sure the traps were bedded solid, I would place two traps tight together for "diggers". That usually solves the problem.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 01:50 PM
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Re: traps dug up

Coon or fox?
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Re: traps dug up

See...im not sure whats digging them up...They were all set for fox and unfortunatly where im trapping there was not much snow...but all tracks near my traps were fox with the little snow we got.

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Re: traps dug up

not bedded solid
or it mybe the peatmoss

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 04:37 PM
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Old Timer Alert

I, myself, never tried this, but I did see a few instances where this little trick worked. I'm sure Datkins saw this one too.

Some old timers, when confronted by a digger fox, used to replace the trap at the bait hole with an old rusty horse shoe. Then a foot or so away conceal a clean trap well bedded in the manner of a blind set. The theory being was the fox would get caught while investigating the rusty iron smell.

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Re: Old Timer Alert

Just add another trap to the set, about a foot from the other one.

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Re: Old Timer Alert

Was the trap dug and exposed or was it actually flipped up but not set off? Usually a coon will feel the movement and pick the trap out of the bed and usually not even set it off
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