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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2007, 23:33 
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Hi Im Bennett, Im from Nashville, Tennessee and Im 14. This coming season will be my first season trapping and Im really excited. Im going to start of buying 3 Duke 1.5 Rubber Jaw traps and I will be trapping in a small bit of woods behind my house, maybe 5 square miles of woods Im guessing. I know theres stuff up in there because in the past year Ive seen 2 or 3 red foxes and 1 bobcat just in my back yard as well as a good number of deer. The only problem is going to be trapping em' but thats the fun of it I guess. Theres no creeks or rivers just woods so do you think there will be raccoon and possum or what in there?? If anybody has trapped in this kind of environment (which Im sure most of you have) I will be very happy to pick up tips or knowledge of any kind. If anybody has any good info or things to tell a newb just let me know, Ill be more than happy to acquire as much knowledge as possible.

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PostPosted: 28 Oct 2007, 17:15 
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Have fun! Are there any coyotes? If so, I'd set some #2 traps out there. I've heard of 1.5's holding them, but not sure.

There should be possums, but you never know. Not sure about raccoons, since there's no water source, but you might.

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PostPosted: 28 Oct 2007, 20:50 
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Thanks for the reply Bryton.

Yeah actually Saturday morning I went out looking for deer tracks (which I saw alot of) and when I came to the end of this trail thats cut out through the woods there is about a 40 yard wide, 90 yard long opening and I saw at the end of the opening something that almost made me jump out of my pants lol a fox came trotting across and then one coyote ( Ive never seen a yote in these woods or anywhere around here and Ive lived in this same house for all my life) and then another coyote came prancing out, well I had my dog with me so I made a fast decision to yell at em and scare em off so I dont know how many there is or where there staying etc. but I know they are there now and Im actually somewhat worried to go into those woods alone anymore after seeing that b/c I cant fire a gun in there (by law) if I had a bad encounter and needed protection, so.....


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PostPosted: 28 Oct 2007, 21:52 
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if its to close to the other houses.. the best thing you can do is carry a knife with you.. a good stout, fixed bladed knife with a sheith thta you can carry it on your bet. but i no for a fact that they would rather run the attack. its happened to me before.


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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 15:41 
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Ok cool Ill do that, what happened if I may ask??


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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 16:01 
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snuck up on me when i was deer hunting. didnt see it come up on me. i dont think it did either but i was ready with the gun and if for some reason i couldnt use that i have my knife handy. was mostly coincidense that it happend but i have never seen a K9 run that fast before in my life.. i think we both yelled. lol


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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 18:06 
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your not really worried about defending yourself from fox and coyote...Are you?

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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 19:09 
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no not really but it makes me feel better to have something with me. in case i get hurt or something like that.

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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 20:27 
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TN, coyotes won't hurt you, might watch you if they're curious, same with fox. In fact, one time I was walking and a fox was watching me from the bushes, I turned and looked at it and it ran.

But may I ask, it sounds like you are in city limits. Is that legal in your to trap in your area?

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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 21:19 
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i live in a small town and most the fox and coyotes have little fear of humans, not sure why. guess nobody sees them often enought to make a difference. its was an aquard situation about what happened. more like a fluke of both of us not paying attenton, if thats possible.

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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 21:29 
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BigMoo3 wrote:
i live in a small town and most the fox and coyotes have little fear of humans

Easier to trap them then. :D

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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2007, 23:41 
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yeah... it is. my dad has caught 4 of the fox already this year. but im stuck in college so i cant go out yet. i have big plans for thanksgiving and christmas break.

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PostPosted: 03 Nov 2007, 23:35 
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Hello all, sorry I havent been on, we are getting new carpet in the house right now but anyway.... Yes, I am in city limits, right on the line and there is no law against trapping, you just cant shoot a gun but you can bow hunt. Thanks for all the replies, keep em coming.


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PostPosted: 04 Nov 2007, 00:14 
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Oh and when I get my traps will I need to dye and wax them before I set em out?


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