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Old 06-05-2009, 02:30 PM
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Lamination provides more of a grip on the animals paw which spreads out the pressure of the trap over a bigger area and allows for more blood flow in the paw. Basically, it is advantageous to the trapper in that it gives you a better grip and to the animal as it makes being in the trap more comfortable.

DEFINITELY get offset jaws if you get coilsprings and if you can, get laminated ones as well. Offsets are a must in my opinion. Regular jaws are ok in a drowning set scenario as the animal is dispatched quickly, but in a non-lethal set up, the animal can begin to loose feeling in the paw which leads to them harming themselves. (think the "chewed their leg off to get out of the trap" myth). They won't intentionally hurt themselves, but once the paw goes numb, they don't realize what they're doing, they're just biting at the trap and getting their paw in the process.

As for NAFA, I don't sell to them directly, I just sell to a fur buyer in my area. I don't know that it's worth shipping to NAFA directly unless you have a bunch of fur or if you don't have a fur buyer anywhere near you.
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:08 PM
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Ok...dumb question...is the laminated you're talking about the same as the traps with rubber on the jaws?


I was just wondering about the prices....you know? What kind of deal will I get from a local guy vs going straight to the auction? I guess I just have to ask around about local pricing. NAFA does offer a deal to those who become a memeber of the Wild Fur Shipper Council. The cost is $100, it's good for 5 years. The benefit is you're charged 9% commission on your furs (not 11%) and you pay no shipping charges.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:03 PM
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I only use leg holds for coyotes sometimes when there is no snow on the ground, if I have snow on the ground I will always use my custom made coyote neck snares. Not sure if it is legal in your area, you'd better check if you are interested in trying them out.

As for the NAFA I shipped to them directly, Up here we also have the North Bay action house to ship to but I always seem to do better at the NAFA's better prices IMO.

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Old 06-05-2009, 09:32 PM
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I was just looking at North Bay and their past prices do seem a tad lower. I want every penny I can get! I'm not sure about snares...I'd have to check into that. Thanks Matt!
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:25 PM
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Lamination is not the same thing as the rubber jaws but both are done to protect the animals foot from damage.

As for NAFA vs. a local guy, I really doubt you're losing out on that much $ going with the local guy, plus they will typically tell you what you're doing wrong when you put up your fur. With NAFA, you're not going to hear back that you're cutting too big of a window in the fur or you cut the legs too long / short, etc., but, too each his own.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:50 PM
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I don't trap but, I've got a friend who loves it so I go with him to check them sometimes. I think he uses a site called trapperman.com and gets alot of info from it you might want to check it out.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:55 PM
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I've been going to trapperman a lot. I registered and apparently was sent a questionaire, that I missed and was subseqyntly denied access! Dang, dang, double dang! Now, I've got to re-do my registration. (*~*)

I've been researching a lot. I know it won't take the place of hands on learning, but at least I'll have a better understanding.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:19 AM
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Re-registering at Trapperman will be worth the effort. Paul Dobbins (the site creator / owner) is just looking out for the site's best interest with his semi-strict application process. His late father Charles is a trapping legend (Paul is no slouch either), anything written by the 2 of them is worth reading.

If you want to get into k9 trapping at all, I have a personal recommendation on a very good video to get. Here's the link. Darin is my uncle. The guy is a fanatical madman when it comes to trapping. He catches 4 times the coyotes than anyone I know and in an area where we have quite a few but not hordes of them. The video is very well done, IMO.

http://www.animalisticstrapping.com/
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