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Author:  Tommy Rives [ 07 Dec 2009, 19:10 ]
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I live in a rural area, ive seen foxes on the roads, ive caught a raccoon in the woods im trapping, I am POSITIVE my sets are good, but.... IM NOT CATCHING ANYTHNG!!!

I am very angry because I have caught a female raccoon in the area I am trapping, but I have not caught anything since. I know my sets are great im using bait that catches coons. Ive tried snares,blind sets,pocket sets, bucket sets ALL THAT!!! And I have not caught so much as a grinner!!! I dont undertsand how there are no animals in these woods!! Or are there? I se absolutely NO sign(except for black bear)!! I dont know what to do because I cant trap anywhere else. Please give me whatever help you can..... BTW I ordered Carmans coon lure and coon bait along with 1 330 for under ice beaver this year. Also there has been snow on the ground for 2 days now.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 07 Dec 2009, 19:12 ]
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Tommy, I have no idea where you are located, but if you are in one of the very cold areas, maybe the coons are laid up in their dens for a few days.

Author:  moonsal83 [ 07 Dec 2009, 19:19 ]
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Tommy,

Patience is the key, but i see you said you see "NO SIGN", if you cant see sign you cant call them in from 1/4 mile away :) It just wont happen. What i do is first find sign(tracks, scat, etc) mostly "fresh" tracks, thats the key, here. Then set on them, not just anywhere in the hills..... Because if you see no sign then it's possible there are no critters :( :( If you see "fresh" tracks you KNOW they are there or will be back most of the time. I hope this helps a bit if not these other fellas here will surely help ya out. :)
Good Luck on your line! :D

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 07 Dec 2009, 20:16 ]
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I literally see NO sign, a week ago I saw a single coon track and set right on it... But I dopnt think its possible there are NO critters because like i said i have caught a female coon here last year.

Author:  doc9013 [ 07 Dec 2009, 20:40 ]
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If you aren't seeing sign it's hard to catch anything. Like Swamp said, if it's cold the coon may be denned up. If you saw a track then there is at least one. Wait for a warm spell and they will move. Maybe rabies or some other disease has reduced the numbers in that area ?

Author:  Mohawk [ 07 Dec 2009, 23:44 ]
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How cold is it? I agree with Swamp and Doc, coons will den up tight and not move during cold weather. Around here the magic number seems to be 25 degrees or so, however higher is MUCH better!! When the weather warms a little be ready, they will come out of the dens hungry as grizzly bears.

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 08 Dec 2009, 07:47 ]
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YES YES YES. It warmed up today so before school I went to go check my line... There is this long that crosses a creek i always walk on. There is still snow on it but there is also tons of tracks all over it.. Im pretty sure they were coon but they could have been a fisher. Anyways I moved my 220 bucket right nere it. For bait i used sardines and minced clams together.

Author:  Mohawk [ 08 Dec 2009, 08:13 ]
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Cool, I don't know anything about fisher, so I am gonna ask: :?
Are fisher carnivores, or will they eat anything like coons?
Is a 220 too big for fisher, can they get in and out without firing it?

I hope what ever it is, you clobber it! Good luck!!!

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 08 Dec 2009, 08:55 ]
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Tommy Rives wrote:
YES YES YES. It warmed up today so before school I went to go check my line... There is this long that crosses a creek i always walk on. There is still snow on it but there is also tons of tracks all over it.. Im pretty sure they were coon but they could have been a fisher. Anyways I moved my 220 bucket right nere it. For bait i used sardines and minced clams together.


Can you make a set on the crossing log? If so that would be a good location, if not make sets near both ends of it.

Author:  cooncrazy [ 08 Dec 2009, 10:15 ]
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what state are you in??

Author:  TrapperKD [ 08 Dec 2009, 10:38 ]
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Tommy, if you put your location in your signature we would have a better idea of the terrain you are trapping.

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 08 Dec 2009, 16:16 ]
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Im not comfortable sharing where I live because I just moved and my parents said not to tell people. Anyways, I moved my 220 buckets very close to the ends of the log. Unfortunately we will be getting a big snw tonight so theyll probobly den up :(.

Author:  doc9013 [ 08 Dec 2009, 17:27 ]
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Tommy Rives wrote:
Im not comfortable sharing where I live because I just moved and my parents said not to tell people. Anyways, I moved my 220 buckets very close to the ends of the log. Unfortunately we will be getting a big snw tonight so theyll probobly den up :(.



A big snow tonight... well that narrows it down to about 26 states. :lol: :lol: :lol: Good luck Tommy, hope you catch some when the weather breaks.

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 08 Dec 2009, 18:40 ]
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Thank you. I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope I do.

Author:  doc9013 [ 08 Dec 2009, 18:50 ]
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Tommy Rives wrote:
Thank you. I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope I do.



Be patient, you will catch them. I've had traps out sometimes for a month before I caught anything. If you are set on sign though, it will happen.

Author:  Mohawk [ 08 Dec 2009, 21:20 ]
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Tommy Rives wrote:
Im not comfortable sharing where I live because I just moved and my parents said not to tell people. Anyways, I moved my 220 buckets very close to the ends of the log. Unfortunately we will be getting a big snw tonight so theyll probobly den up :(.


Dadgum witness protection! DUDE, the bad guys already know where you are and they want your money, guns and freedom! :evil: :evil: As far as the critters, let em den up, they will be ready to hit the bait when a warm night comes along.

Author:  Scoop [ 09 Dec 2009, 00:37 ]
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Tommy, would you at least be willing to name a state? Or just a quadrant of the country i.e. upper New England, Mid-mid west, upper central?

Author:  peace keeper [ 09 Dec 2009, 08:19 ]
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hey tommy next time you get out and about on your coon line arround where you found the track look for a coon toilet there usualy easy to find and there community toilets put one or two of your bucket sets as close as you can to that tree and you will do good. good luck

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 09 Dec 2009, 10:02 ]
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Alright guys Im back, snowed ALOT last night but I have a good feeling about this, when the next warm night comes they are going to be VERY hungry from what ive heard. So I may get my first catch of the season.

Author:  Roto148 [ 09 Dec 2009, 11:13 ]
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Hang in there, you'll connect and once you've done it for awhile, you'll figure out what works and don't work.

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 10 Dec 2009, 16:35 ]
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Well, I didnt have a good day today.. Went to school, and forgot about the test I had.... Then I came home went all the way to my line down to my bucket sets. I wasnt suprised when I saw there was nothing in them.... Shortly after I walked by this pocket set I made(I pulled the trap out but left the bait in because it wasnt producing after 5 days) and found that the bait was all pulled out and eaten, so basically I would have caught something. So I got my bucket and walked it to that area and shortly after realized i forgot my coni setters!!!!!!! so i spent the next 30 minutes trying to set the 220'', after trying to set it all that time.... The spring did that thing where it comes out of place and is going diagnally across the trap!!!! After that I could not contain myself and I completely smashed my bucket with my axe..... So in a nut shell I ruined my S.S. grade, didnt catch anything(Not really a suprise), Missed out on catching a coon, And now I only have 1 bucket set..... F!@!?! my life.....

Author:  doc9013 [ 10 Dec 2009, 17:25 ]
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sorry about your bad day Tommy. We all have them. Hang in there, you will catch something. Have patience.

Author:  peace keeper [ 10 Dec 2009, 17:49 ]
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sorry about the bad tommy but it will realy make you appreciate the good when you connect on that coon and you will connect on that coon

Author:  Tommy Rives [ 10 Dec 2009, 19:04 ]
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Thanks guys. Good news now. Im getting my permit to trap on state managed land, there is a really great place right near my house where i'm sure ill catch stuff much more easily.

Author:  Mohawk [ 10 Dec 2009, 20:44 ]
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Well Hallelujah!! Get over there and catch a pile of critters.

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