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I believe any new trapper looking to buy coon or fox traps ought to buy 1 1/2 Victors and put 1 1/2 music wire springs , they will hold any coon and fox , and if you buy used traps that need new springs you will save a ton of money..

Versus buying brand new !!!!!
 

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The 1 1/2 size trap is a great fox trap.I started out using 1 1/2 for fox all the time.Then we started having a coyote here and their.I started using all 1 3/4 northwoods that where laminated,baseplated and put music wire springs on them.As I`m starting to trap more area I see more and more coyote sign so I`ll be buying some #2 bridgers and puting the pit pan system on them for next year.IMO the days of using 1 1/2 for fox are gone for me.Now for mink and coon thats another thing.
 

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Forestman, correct assessment where I am as well. We are neighbors and the days of targeting cute little foxes with cute little traps ended years ago. I run big traps, that hold them all, see little to no damage to foxes and hold the biggest meanest coyotes with the big iron.

This is not intended to start a debate, but I target coyotes, set coyote traps, stake for coyotes and come heides or high waters do everything in my power to hold and kill coyotes. I've held my share of coyotes in the smaller traps, but have had a few of the older ones blown up too. The days of blown up traps are a thing of the past for me.. Your choice of #2 bridger imo is a fine choice, and with the addition of pits and 4 coil kits will hold any coyote... I run the states maximum jaw spread traps and plan for coyotes and hold all foxes that hit the pan, not the reverse.
 

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wardog said:
Forestman, correct assessment where I am as well. We are neighbors and the days of targeting cute little foxes with cute little traps ended years ago. I run big traps, that hold them all, see little to no damage to foxes and hold the biggest meanest coyotes with the big iron.

This is not intended to start a debate, but I target coyotes, set coyote traps, stake for coyotes and come heides or high waters do everything in my power to hold and kill coyotes. I've held my share of coyotes in the smaller traps, but have had a few of the older ones blown up too. The days of blown up traps are a thing of the past for me.. Your choice of #2 bridger imo is a fine choice, and with the addition of pits and 4 coil kits will hold any coyote... I run the states maximum jaw spread traps and plan for coyotes and hold all foxes that hit the pan, not the reverse.
In my opinion, considering how coyotes have spread across the Commonwealth, I think the above quote is sound advice. I urge all beginning trappers to follow it.
 

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My point on this was trying to save newbie's money and buy used equipment and add the springs on , i totally agree about the coyote issue now around the state ,,..

However you could also buy used # 2 or 1.75 and upgrade them with # 2 music wire for a very stout yote trap !!

If i was starting out i would buy all used traps and upgrade them all !!!
 
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