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I'm getting back into k9, cr s this year as well as beaver snaring. My question on the cables is, I've noticed in the book they've added additional locks for use. Are these relaxing locks? When I took the training the reverse washer was the only approved. Beaver snares, what do you guys prefer for a lock? K-9 footholds, I've acquired some #3 & 4 coils, I want to outfit them with newchain, what size chain do you use? I've always used double Link and was told that I was asking for trouble. That I needed to switch to welded. Also I usually use double rebar stakes, I'm thinking of switching to drags or earth anchors, any thoughts?
 

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Best of luck this year as you get back into it. I'll share what I know if its of any help.

I believe all locks approved for PA are "relaxing locks" or thats how they are described. IE we call them cable restraints, NOT snares. All approved PA locks relax and are not designed to kill.

You are right, many prefer welded chain. Most popular is 2/0, some go 3/0 on bigger traps. I think 2/0 most would agree will work fine on PA fox/yote traps. Some also prefer american made chain. I will say I bought the import 2/0 welded chain and snapped a link last week pulling my traps. It snapped right away. I can almost gaurentee if I would have caught a fox in that set he would have broke the chain. Now am I going to go replace all my chain tonight... No. At this point I think its a one off. Maybe others are on to something tho with wanting american made chain.

You don't need to switch chain. Is welded better, yes, but not a have to have.

I used double rebar stakes up until last year. I mixed in half earth anchors. Now this year almost all earth anchors. It honestly saves some work in my opinion, but does cost more money.

For me, I made the switch to earth anchors when I was ready to buy good ones that were truly reusable and I bought the swagger and all the gear to make my own and re cable ones that weaken or break after pulling.

I fought using drags for a while too, thinking I didn't have time to look for the critter before work. After a few years of using drags, I can say you'll be surprised how quick they get hung up.

Drags and chain weigh a lot tho to. I only use them when I really need to or cant get a stake or cable in.

Many other guys know more, hope this help!
 
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