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body grips in water question

The law says it is unlawfull to: Use or set a body-gripping trap of any description outside any established watercourse, waterway, marsh, pond or dam.

My question is what does this mean?

Many folks think a a conibear must be set in waer in PA.
Does that mean it has to be submerged?

Can it be above water on the bank? can it be above water on a log going across a stream?

If I am in a marsh/swamp can I set a 110 on a log going from one dry spot to another? Or does the trap have to be in the water, and if so how much of the trap has to be underwater.

Sorry if this has been asked before. I just want to see the right way to how the law is written. I don't want to do anything wrong.

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Re: body grips in water question

It's a huge gray area that I've never seen definitively answered. Ask twenty different trappers, WCO's and DWCO's and you'll likely get twenty different answers.

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Re: body grips in water question

Doesn't the law saw something about below the high water mark? Could be mistaken..


Its something that most all of us would like to see defined better...

Do wet weather ditches meet the criteria??? it IS a water course...I can go take pics of them flowing like a creek right now....if october-november is on the drier side they might be dry or have very little water in them..

Who wants to bother with wet weather ditches?? I do...I am fairly sure I just saw a rat in one this evening...if it was a rat it was the prettiest groundhog I've ever seen..(was doing 25mph and caught a quick look). And I know the mink and coon use those ditches as well..
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Re: body grips in water question

Here is another question that is related. Would it be legal to set a conibear for coon using those square buckets along the stream edge?

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Wow you have alot of courage asking any questions on here , suprised you werent belittled and humiliated for asking that question!!!
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Wow you have alot of courage asking any questions on here , suprised you werent belittled and humiliated for asking that question!!!
Maybe it's just you.

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I donít think it is the questions, as much as the immature responses.

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Re: body grips in water question

Wondering the same thing the OP is. Have whistling pigs at work, can't shoot with gun or bow because of customers. Can't trap with a foothold, because of people putting their foot in, but a conibear I can hide in the pigs hole and wait for him to come through. But not really any water around.

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