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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cumberland/Franklin Line
If I'm setting in an area with fox and coyotes, I usually run #2's. Brand, doesn't really matter to me, what ever I can get the cheapest. I usually don't buy brand new traps, buy them used at auctions, swap meets, or local trapping post. You being a new trapper, I wouldn't go out and buy expensive traps such as MB's.
My first choice for brand of trap would be Northwoods(no longer made) followed by older Victors, Montgomery's, and finally Duke's. Nothing against Bridger, MB, or Sleepy Creek, I'm sure their fine traps, I just don't see the need to spend extra money if I don't need to. I would recommend Duke traps to a beginning trapper if you were buying new. The price is good, and the quality while it isn't a Northwoods, is still pretty good.
I also do mods to all my traps, and would recommend doing the same to yours. Some of them are very basic, and require minimal tools and skills.
As for coons, I would recommend the Duke DP, or the Z-trap. Both worked well. 95% of the coons we got last year were with the dog proof style traps. The are easy to set, are quick to set, and hold coons. One thing you will learn that time is one of your biggest enemies while trapping, the more you save the better.
If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me. I like helping out new trappers.
Wait a second, why am I helping you I run a line in Huntingdon. LOL.