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Old November 9th, 2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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I am going to start trapping this year. I haven't done it before but have a buddy that's pretty good who is going to teach me. Just wondered of anyone here traps and what the set for. I plan to start with coon and muskrats. What shape are the coon in right now? Who do you sell to?
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Old November 10th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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If your pelts are any good I bet you get $20 a coon this yr
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Old November 10th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #3
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Water trapping opened in zone 3 a hour and a half ago. I hope to start setting Monday. I am hearing of good fur prices.
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One of my hunting buddies used to do tapping, not sure if he is doing it this year. I'll ask him Thursday night when I see him for rifle season
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Old November 10th, 2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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I trap mostly weasels but do a little coon and surprisingly skunk.

Lots of all 3 of those around here.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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Tim,
How do you kill a skunk and handle it without a huge smell problem. I've almost shot a couple around the house and then wondered what I would do with it.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 03:22 PM   #7
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How do you kill a skunk and handle it without a huge smell problem. I've almost shot a couple around the house and then wondered what I would do with it.
Well there are a couple of ways. If you trap it in a live trap, you approach quiet and put a tarp over the cage and then pick it up and put the cage in a pond. A yard trailer full of water works good too.

A good head shot on a skunk will often work also. I have shot a few this year that didn't spray when I shot them. But if it's not a great shot then it's bad.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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I've learned (the hard way) to not shoot skunks in the head if I don't want them to spray.

Clean double lung shot ftw!
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I have never had them not spray with a body shot.
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Skunks aren't worth the trouble they aren't worth much money. Plus live traps are illegal. A drowning set with take them out without a problem.
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Live traps are illegal? Then how come I can buy them in many, many stores?
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http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dn...b_427932_7.pdf

"It is illegal to...Use any kind of a trap other than a foothold, body-gripping or conibear-type trap unless specifically otherwise provided"


Coons aren't worth much after fall (end of harvest season), the coloration and fur density changes. Beaver and mink are worth more once snow flies.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #13
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Maybe you should read ALL the rules.

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As a substitute for foothold traps, trappers may use live traps capable of taking only one animal at a time within 450 feet of an occupied dwelling and associated buildings during the legal time for trapping the target animal. Live traps must be checked daily. Any animal captured in a live trap must be immediately killed or released; it is illegal to take these game animals or protected animals live from the wild. It also is illegal to hold these animals in captivity.
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I plan to set for coon and rats this year. Depending on the area I setting in for coon I use a 220 conibear set in a five gallon bucket. It works well for coon and possum but you also run the risk of feral cats and stay dogs getting in the set. If I am worried about dogs I snap a lid cut in half over the bucket. If I am trapping near a house I use coon cuffs or egg traps that require them to grab hold of the trigger and pull up. I have set for mink in the past but don't have any good areas open to me this year. Snaring is a lot of fun to play around with if you have a large fox or yote problem.

What trap style do you plab to set with this year?
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Old November 10th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #15
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Since most of my trapping is weasels I use a simple weasel box baited with chicken liver and weasel lure with a rat trap inside. I take a super thin square of balsa wood and glue it to the trigger of the rat trap so as soon as they go in the box they have to step on the trigger. I have had good luck with wiring a chunk of chicken liver to a trigger of a non modified rat trap and simply screwing it to a tree about 4 or 5 feet up.
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http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dn...b_427932_7.pdf

"It is illegal to...Use any kind of a trap other than a foothold, body-gripping or conibear-type trap unless specifically otherwise provided"


Coons aren't worth much after fall (end of harvest season), the coloration and fur density changes. Beaver and mink are worth more once snow flies.
Who is your fur buyer?

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Live traps are illegal? Then how come I can buy them in many, many stores?
As stated they can only be used around homes. I am not talking about that kind of "trapping".


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I plan to set for coon and rats this year. Depending on the area I setting in for coon I use a 220 conibear set in a five gallon bucket. It works well for coon and possum but you also run the risk of feral cats and stay dogs getting in the set. If I am worried about dogs I snap a lid cut in half over the bucket. If I am trapping near a house I use coon cuffs or egg traps that require them to grab hold of the trigger and pull up. I have set for mink in the past but don't have any good areas open to me this year. Snaring is a lot of fun to play around with if you have a large fox or yote problem.

What trap style do you plab to set with this year?
We are going to use duke 1 1/2 coil spring traps ( just ordered 3 doz). On banks with a hole dug about 12" in bated with fish and or sweet treats. We will also set on dry land using logs on eaither side of a tree to forum a pocket style set much like the bank set. Not using any DP traps this year as they are much more money. Rats we will use a coloney trap and some 1 1/2's aswell. We may have a beaver spot and use conibears there. Yotes and fox will be something we might play with and he has some traps for those. I figured learn some basics and move to K-9's later.
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Throw a few large marshmallows outisde you bank set, they see the color easily and smell them too. Thatis if they wwon't be washed away.
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I will try that. Is a bank set better in areas where the water moves faster or slower, or does that even matter?
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The Trading Post in Kalkaska, but I haven't done any coon hunting in 9 years since collage and moving down state. Was a lot of fun, maybe one day I'll have time to get a few Walkers and get back into it.



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I haven't done bank sets for coon so no advise here. I would believe slower and near a muddy flat would be a good place to start; this is all speculation though.
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