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Advice for beginning trapper

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    Advice for beginning trapper

    I'm fairly new to trapping and a while back I bought a #11 leg trap. I boiled it, let it rust, and only handle it with gloves on. So far I've set it out about four or five times. The first time the trap was sprung with nothing in it. The second time I caught a possum which I gave to my dog and all the other times the bait was gone but trap was unsprung. Any tips would be welcome along with any videos.

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    Do not put your traps on someone else land with out a full understanding of permission and any restriction it may have.
    As for sprung and nothing. small rodents can defeat larger traps some times.
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    Leg hold traps are not legal in all states. Check your local regs.
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    Any advice besides legal?

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    Advice? Use live traps so you can be selective in what you kill.
    For example, that possum was beneficial to the environment. But not any more.
    I have used live traps to eliminate coons who have raided my chickens. A 22 or two to the head and problem solved.
    I have also caught a possum, which I released as he was no threat to my chickens or me.

    Do you know how to skin and tan the hides? Do you have a market for the hides?
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    I use live traps on the farm. Dogs , Cats other animal you may not wish to kill off are saved. But watch out a big cat caught may be pissed when you try to let it out. You can't give Coon hides away any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flint'n'steel View Post
    I'm fairly new to trapping and a while back I bought a #11 leg trap. I boiled it, let it rust, and only handle it with gloves on. So far I've set it out about four or five times. The first time the trap was sprung with nothing in it. The second time I caught a possum which I gave to my dog and all the other times the bait was gone but trap was unsprung. Any tips would be welcome along with any videos.
    What are you trying to trap and why? It's past prime for furs and most trapping seasons are over.

    I'd also check regulations on baits. Leg holds are restricted in many places, either forbidden or just as drowning sets. Most everywhere you also need a license with some sort of certification/education or a prior license.

    Get a subscription to Fur Fish Game magazine and purchase some books and/or videos on the species you wish to catch. Besides going out and learning on your own, see if you can find a local trapper you could apprentice with.

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    Good advices, need to remember

 

 

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