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I caught two red foxes and a grinner today. I'm up to 8 grinners, 6 coon, 2 reds, and a skunk. All I am set for is coyote but everything else gets to the sets first. 20191106_064900_1573083669045.jpg
 

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You are doing good a trap fill with fur is better than an empty one .nice pictures. Also try mix up from dirt holes.
 

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I let most of the animals go. The farmers want me to harvest the coons in some locations. I'm making a hat out of one. The fur was nice but the leather is slate colored. Same with the bigger male fox from yesterday. I wanted to let him go but I saw a little blood on his foot and he wouldn't cooperate. It's not worth getting bit. Is it possible to rub some antiseptic ointment on a minor cut if I want to let an animal go in that circumstance? I wouldn't want the animal to suffer so I just harvest them when it happens and will keep doing so. I know animals get cuts and bites in the wild so he probably would have made it. I need to laminate the dukes that I use in theft areas. I didn't think it was necessary because I have even caught a female fisher by the back foot with the same trap and it didnt break the skin. All I got was a grinner today. Tonight should be a good night.
 

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Had a good check today. My first 2 coyote day. The Duke 550 held this big alpha male. His foot was still on the pan and the underall was still under it. It's the prettiest coyote I've ever seen. The farmer was happy I got him. I had a baited set that they would only poop by so I bedded a trap on a high spot in an old tractor rut in wax dirt a week or more ago. The end of check picture shows some extremes in color for both species.
 

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TrapDoc, that's a big Coon. I like those silver and black Coon. What did it weight? 18-20 lbs.?
I can see your Coon aren't prime, cant see the long guard hairs yet, they still look fuzzy.
 

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Thanks for the positive replies guys. Hern, I don't have a scale but the big coon felt like it was 30 pounds after the 200 yard walk. Might be my biggest ever. I wish all the coyotes looked like that first one but it's probably one in a million for PA. Everyday is really something on the trap line. Today was very special. I can't wait to check in the morning. I'm going to the new beaver gun bash tomorrow. Let me know if any of you will be there. I don't know enough local trappers.
 

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Last pale, Pa. Coyote I caught was in Brighton Township, near Hospital, outside Beaver. That was 20+ years ago. A school was built in that field a couple of years after the catch. I still remember Dutch Ridge Road.
 

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I caught another young female this morning.

Hern, there is a Dutch Ridge Road about 20 minutes north of the one you speak of.
My dad was raised on that road and my grandma lived there until 2 years ago. The house sold not long ago. Anyhow, that is where I learned to hunt and trap from the time I went on my junior squirrel hunt when I was 11 until I trapped my first grey fox always walking from grandma's house down the hollow.
 

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My sister lived outside Beaver, off Dutch Ridge Road.
I would visit for a week or more and take her young sons and set a few traps for a week or so.
They took to trapping quickly. Then sports, girls, college, military and marriage got in their way.
The oldest son moved to my area several years ago. This season, he ask to run a trap line with me. I was happy. He said he missed trapping.
We are having a blast each morning, since he's working second shift. And now take his kids with us on weekends.
 

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Hern, I hope you are enjoying your time with your son and grandkids. It's been 17 or 18 years since I've had my dad on the line. Never enough time. My nieces are old enough now so I better get them out on the line.
I pulled almost all my traps and I'm going to move north for my next little line before gun season. My landlord is taking me to his farm today. It's supposed to be loaded with yotes. Here are some put up pictures. This is the last yote I got and the fox and blondish coon. I know I didn't scrape the coon to good cause it was midnight and my arms and stomach were sore from skinning and fleshing. It's going in the pickle later and will get thinned before I neutralize and tan it. Also, pictured is the Beaver I just tanned that will be hooped. I didn't break it so it's flat and a little stiff for this application. The other picture is my little fur working corner. You can see the hats that I'm finishing up for the kids. One wanted a Daniel Boone and the other a Davy Crockett. I need to make 3 more coonskin hats and a fox one for my Mom. I'm thinking maybe a beaver hat or mitten out of the kit on my grandma's sewing machine.
 

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Good job TrapDoc57

Hern, I hope you are enjoying your time with your son and grandkids.
It's my nephew I'm trapping with. Having lots of fun.
 

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Cool hats. Do you line them with felt or silk?

I gotta say this- on Red Fox (and other fur) place the belly board the other way. From nose to tail. You want the widest part in neck shoulder area.
By that, The neck is the narrowest part of an animal. So you want the widest part of the wedge there so pelt get air to dry and helps to comes off board easy.
 
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