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pole traps!!!!!!!

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just a quick question.......this year my boy and i used 4 running pole sets for our fisher tags. are these types of sets legal in PA or not? according to the regulations it says we are not aloud to use pole traps.....but what is a pole trap? it doesnt say anything about a running pole set. and we also showed a PGC officer our pics of our fisher and he didnt say anything about our running pole set. so what it is a yes or no on the running pole set?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 07:58 AM
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Re: pole traps!!!!!!!

I do not know about fisher trapping.
I have never trapped any.
The only 'pole set' I know of is a very non-selective set for birds.
At one time 'pole sets' for birds were legal in Pennsylvania.
As a youth, I used 'pole sets' while bounty trapping great horned owls.
The set was so non-selective, even then, I did not like the results.
I quickly ceased using them.
For that reason I will not describe the 'pole set' as made for birds.

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Re: pole traps!!!!!!!

running pole is fine as long as its not with a body grip.
pole trap was a trap set on top of a pole or cut off tree to catch hawks and owls that would perch there to hunt.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 11:36 AM
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Re: pole traps!!!!!!!

If you used a “pole set” with a foot hold you would need a long enough chain for the animal if caught to reach the ground. When using long chains make sure there enough swivels or you’re asking for problems. You would have to block the view of the bait from the air as well.

To be honest I’ve never read up on the body grips in boxes as I have no place for them on my line. If you made a legal box with a body grip inside could you then place that on a pole set?
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Re: pole traps!!!!!!!

To be honest I’ve never read up on the body grips in boxes as I have no place for them on my line. If you made a legal box with a body grip inside could you then place that on a pole set?


Not unless its in a waterway.

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we used footholds for our running pole sets......it was our first time setting for fisher........pretty neat stuff.

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Re: pole traps!!!!!!!

You can't just nail your bait to the pole or tree correct? Wouldn't this be considered "exposed" bait? One would have to make sure it is covered, I guess this could be done with leaves and branches.
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You cannot make a box with a body gripping trap inside legal on land.



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Your bait must NOT be visible from the air and the animal must not be suspended in the trap. Body grips must be inside a waterway.
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What most people do with pole sets in PA they run foot holds, the chain must be long enough for the critter to reach the ground if caught. They lures the set, some make sent trails up the pole with fish oil ect. Many trappers as you suggest also use a bait nail to the pole. What you will do there is you’ll make a funnel out of pine benches. The animal will not be able to work you set from behind, go around your trap and get tot eh bait, and that eliminates the visible from air aspect.

One of the main reasons trappers use the pole sets are to keep their traps working when the snow gets beep. Plenty of fisher are caught each year in land sets. If we’re not going to get deep snow that would shut down your line or at least effect it negatively. Then why not just make cubby sets? You’ll catch more animals on the ground, have less to worry about, less work and money tied up extending all of your chains which gives you more time to cover more ground and key locations. There’s nothing wrong with pole set they are a proven go too fisher set for many trappers. But with the laws in PA they are a head ach.
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