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Old 05-27-2009, 08:14 AM
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The amount of time the pelts stay on the boards varies with the temperature and moisture. Basically, they stay on until they're dry. I know guys who board them for only a day before they're ready to come off, especially the "non-fatty" pelts like fox and muskrats. Coons, yotes, and beavers are much greasier and usually take longer, but if you have a good dry heat and fan to circulate the air, they'll dry quickly as well.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:20 AM
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That's good info! Thank you, Adam!
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Ok, change of plans. Since 330's are pretty expensive, I've opted for some 110's and 160's. So, I've got some coming - 2 dozen 110's and 1 dozen 160's, which wound up being cheaper than the price of 1 dozen 330's!! I would have gone with 220's, but the price on the 160's was darn good, and I didn't think 1 inch would make a terribly huge difference.

Yes, I know 110's and 160's won't work on beaver. lol I figured I'd trap the smaller critters until I can get enough to buy some 330's.
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Well, you're set for mink, muskrats, and coons. You COULD convince something bigger into a 160, but it'd be tough. I have caught and held beavers in a 160 (it was stone dead upon checking the line and we have a 36 hour check law here) and also in a #11 double jaw muskrat trap. Hard to believe I know, but I've had it happen. Both traps were set for rats, it just so happened that a beaver got their first and I was able to hold them.

If your laws allow, get some square buckets for bucket cubbie sets for coons.

I'd recommend getting some holders for the 110s. Sticks work but the holders are much easier to deal with and are quicker. Time = $.

Are you getting any foot hold traps?
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I don't plan on it. I like the idea of a quick kill, rather than leaving an animal to sit all night, before I come finish it off. I guess it's a girl thing. And before you mention it...using a foot hold and a drowning cable is out. I almost drowned when I was little and the thought of it still gets to me. Some trapper I'm gonna be! lol
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Neighborhood cats beware!!!!

Monie is on the loose!!!

My brother and I caught more skunks and stray cats than anything else!!!

Guess thats why we quit trapping....
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Gotcha. Can you even set conibears on dry land in Indiana? If not, you're kinda in a pickle...
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Ok, I did some "quick" (not so much) research on the IN DNR site and reviewed the jaw spreads on a couple traps. Looks like you're good to setting up to 220s on dry land (depending on the trap manufacturer (some make their traps slightly different)).

TAKE NOTE: Dogs CAN get their head in a 160! If a dog sticks it's head in a conibear, it's DEAD. Plain and simple. So if you're in an area where guys are running coon hounds or bird dogs a lot, you're kind of asking for trouble. Even dogs as big as a lab. My friend didn't believe me so I took a 160 (not set of course) and called my lab Syrus over (who's about 90 lbs) and easily slid the conibear over his head and all the way onto his neck.

Moving on, since you CAN set on land, that opens up the possibility of catching foxes (and MAYBE a dumb, retarded, blind, and probably deaf (for good measure) coyote). You need to study 2 sets. Cubby sets and blind trail sets. These are going to be your bread and butter for coons primarily but will pick up anything using the trails, particularly with the blind trail sets.

Red O'Hearn is from Indiana (I think) and that guy puts up HUGE coon numbers and catches a good number of fox all in blind trail sets.

Start reading and learn how to disguise the traps on the trails, an animal isn't going to just walk through a hunk of metal set up on a trail, you have to blend it in and that's easier said than done.
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:23 PM
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Well....I have some private land, that I just got permission to hunt, that holds water all year and there are coon tracks all around, because there are grassland carwdads in there. There little "chimneys" are all over the place. Buddy Bill has permission to hunt a couple of properties that have creeks running through them. One actually has a river with a corn field right next to it, and a ditch on the other side of the field. This is where we hunt rabbits. He's pretty sure the guy won't care if we trap there. I'll try like heck not to use the conibears on land, becauseI don't want to catch someone's dog or cat. While researching, I saw some pics of dogs and cats in traps. One dog had his whole mouth jammed up in a conibear-propped open by the trap. It looked painful. Anyway, I watched a video last night that was pretty informative-Mink'n and Muskrat'n. This guy used stakes made from 1 bys that were about 2 inches at the top and tappered to a point. They seemed to work perfectly. He just grabbed one, set his trap, staked it, added a "diving" stick and went on the the next spot.


Speaking of blending in....should I dye the traps or would I be ok just boiling them?
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Moving on, since you CAN set on land, that opens up the possibility of catching foxes (and MAYBE a dumb, retarded, blind, and probably deaf (for good measure) coyote).

Maybe Wile E coyote? lol and probably deaf for good measure....lmao that's too much!
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