<span style="color: #660000">was lookng at some # 3 Dukes</span>
I purchase some with another fella.
The past 2 seasons, I used 'em winter trapping with no modification because I was using a drag. I didn't think they needed beefed up since on a long chain and drag. I was right. Coyote haven't beat 'em up with drag.
I also use #3n's with drags.
I would add extra baseplate and center swivel if staking #3's.
I have been using modified #3 Bridgers for several years on Coyote & Fox. Seems the larger pan and large jaw spread I have less misses.
I was reluctant when a NY State friend said he loved the #3 coils and I should give 'em a try. I have used the 3n for some time for winter trapping but was worried about adding #3 coils for fall trapping because of the large trap and pets and Fox.
Well I added #3 coils on the friends advice and will never go back to #1 3/4's.
I still use alot of #2's.
But the #3's don't beat up Fox or pets like some folks think. Most folks that are against #3's never tried 'em or gave 'em a honest try.
I would have to agree I have used victor offset #3s and have seen no more or even less damage on fox and feral kitties. I just purchased some mb550s and they look like they will be a great all around trap also. But when I set just for fox I stick to tthe 1 1/2s
corey22 I think the modified Bridger #2's is the best all around Pennsylvania Canine trap.
Any you folks against #3 Dukes ever measure the jaw spread or ever own or use 'em?
I like #3 Bridgers. I can send you paw catche pictures Mike.
DUKE #3 -- 6 inch jaw spread.... LEGAL in PA
I've only gone up to a #2... but then again there's kiddies running around... could use a #3, but you'd have to make a k9 only set... cought a possum in a #2 and i had one heck of a mess... hate to see what a #3 would do