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is there anyone that sales traps that are pretty much "ready to set" dipped, waxed, the right chain and swivel and all the right mods and such done???

dont know why i didnt think to ask before...im sure SOMEONE sells traps like that?

its the main reason i never started trapping is i read about all the mods, prep, chain, swivels etc etc i just shy away...im laid off and bored..and got land and critters i could TRY to catch....

if i could find traps...

or anyone selling used traps that are ready to go?? probably 1.75s?? something pretty universal for fox and yotes...

any info?? id appreciate it...

anyone in the area of Beaver co that runs a line?? willing to take on a spectator for a day or 2? that would be the BEST way for me to learn and see how things are done..id be willing to help where i could and stay out of the way...
 

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IMO people get really carried away with all of these mods that they do to their traps.........the only thing that I do(other than tuning them to fire how I want) is center swivel them, cut a few links of chain out, and add a swivel mid chain...........getting traps ready really isn't hard at all, it doesn't even have to be time consuming.......for the time being your best bet would probably just to degrease them, thriw a coat of wax on them, and call it good.....
 

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thanx again buckshot...

i would started earlier, but, i just got back from NC a few days before bear season...so this is the first few days ive had down time..not chasin bear or deer..
 

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I agree. Think of it like cars... guys put in high-performance cams, carburators, exhaust systems, transmissions and rear ends... yet the vast majority of people make their commute safely and efficiently in a factory stock car. The only modifications that I consider absolutely mandatory is the addition of more swivels. Secondly would be pan/dog adjustments. All the rest is nice, but not absolutely necessary. Swivel 'em, tune 'em, clean 'em, wax 'em, set 'em! Next summer, piddle around baseplating, dying, laminating, night-latching, etc.
 

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I saw at the emporium convention, Bill from "bill's cabin" in smethport was selling some bridger number 2's ready to go. Might be more of a drive than you want to take.... I don't know how much he was asking... but you are def. gonna pay (nothing against bill/not directed at him). It's just the fact if you want it finished for you, they are gonna want to be paid for it. I would recommend doing what the others have stated. Buy a couple dozen, add a swivel or two to each trap, make sure they will fire when pan is pushed down (some new traps... you can push the pan down to the frame without it firing!) degrease and wax. You could probably do 2 dozen start to finish in 3hrs I'd imagine. Good luck!
 

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try bmi traps.already center swiveled,paws i trip pan system,good springs.all i use. and there reasonable priced.
 

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Thanx guys!...I appreciate it a ton...

I realize if I'm buying new ones that someone put time in for guys like me the price will be higher...


Redmist, I would appreciate the info...can't have too many good leads on where to get stuff somewhat local
 

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youre gonna need much more than just a few traps. look at the mb550(minnesota brand)( http://www.fntpost.com/Products/MB+Coil+...+Offset+Jaws%29 ) http://www.fntpost.com has the best prices i have found in regards to price and shipping... all considered.

you cant just sling a few traps. dying and waxing is the least of your worries. get a metal container big enough to boil 5 gallons of water and all your traps. i got mine at a hardware store. i got an old crock pot and i put 5 lbs of trap wax in it, i dip each trap individually.

youre still going to need at minimum to go out and trap... not including traps...

* a bucket or pack basket(i recommend the basket, the weight in your arms gets tiring fast.

* a couple different lures and baits, fox urine

* sifter

* dry dirt(free under a bridge) or waxed dirt/buckwheat hulls in these freezing conditions

* s hook tool

* 3 in 1 - hammer/shovel/trowel tool

* staking system(i like disposables, i reuse them)

* two pairs of gloves, one for working dirt/traps, the other for handling lures.

* pan screens(can make your own with wax paper if you wish)

* if disposable stakes... a driver


getting into trapping isnt cheap, if you go cheap traps and only pick up the basics you could prob get a dozen dukes, nothing fancy and everything to go for $300.

i dont recommend buying a used trap unless its modified, base plated, swivels, good chain and a shock spring already in it. its just not worth the time or money tunining someone elses junk.

look at it like this too... say you buy a duke trap for $9. if you add good chain, good swivels, a shock spring, base plate it.... you have more in a cheap china trap than if you spent the money on a good one right from the start.

get a video, it will teach you a ton. this guy is out of pa, he shows you how to make sets, talks about traps... a good video for a beginner. its focused on coyotes, but pretty much all trap setups are the same unless you run conibears and are looking to trap water lines.

http://www.fntpost.com/Products/Darin+Fr...ern+Coyotes+DVD
 

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IMO buy some Minnesota Brand traps. Either 450's or 550's depending on if you have coyotes. They have all mods already done straight from the factory. Just wax them and your good to go. Don't buy cheap traps, you get what you pay for! You picked a heck of time to try and learn trapping though. Conditions now are not the best especially if you have never trapped before. Your best bet would be to try some hay sets. Look at the tutorial at the top of the page.
 

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Well figured I would chime in here too. I have to disagree with some of you on some parts of this. It is good to start with all the best equipment but alot of it isn't necessary. looking back through history some of the highest number trappers out there probably didn't even know what center swiveled laminated traps were. for starting out getting some basic traps is just fine IMO. You can hold a fox in just about any trap that closes as long as the chain holds(drags can fix that somewhat). Coyotes may mess up a trap or two but you would have to catch at least two probably three or four to pay for one top of the line trap. so don't be afraid to start basic and see if you like it. doesn't make sense to me to spend a ton of money to find out getting up early and freezing isn't for you or to get a job and not be able to do it next year. you can find alot of the tools needed around the house and make due. its nice to have all the toys but you can get by with basics.
 

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drjeremy,
while I agree higher end traps aren't needed, center swiveled laminated traps cut down on leg damage dramatically. They may be twice the price but they also hold their resale value if you decide to sell them next year.
 
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