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 Post subject: Fox Problems
PostPosted: 05 Feb 2007, 21:00 
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Last year was the first year I trapped - I was after Fox and coyotes. I trap in Penn. and had sucess with greys and reds and did catch one big yote. This year we had alot of warm wet weather while I spent my vacation trapping. I had all kinds of problems with sprung traps but no fox in them. Used the same type of dirt holes - double dirt holes - trench sets - and trash pile sets as last year. Seemed to get back doored alot. I tried moving traps right up against dirt holes but that didnt help. Got some instruction from a few seasoned trappers and they agreed that setting closer to the hole would help but it seemed to get worse. No fox but when I hunt fox in same areas after I was done trapping would call them in or see them in the fields. So I know there are fox there. Any ideas?


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did you clean and retreat yuour traps after last year? they might have smelled them and dug them up on ya if you didn't

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I dont think scent was an issue - boil,dye,wax, hang in woods, packed air tite a dozen in a batch - only ever touched with gloves. Didnt seem to dig me up - worked the set and fired or didnt fire the trap.


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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2007, 21:11 
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what size trap and how back were ya setting


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I use Sleepy creek 1 3/4 with off-set jaws. I have night latches filed in with about two pounds of presure. I use all dried dirt and no pan covers. I am thinking about using underalls next year - I did have some traps silt in from the wet weather. I was setting up against the dirt hole and off center about 2 inches to the right.


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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2007, 22:21 
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try setting 2 trap 6"-8" back and 8" apart center to center on the pan on a baited dirt hole set with a rock backer with a little urine and make sure you double cross stake it sound like your dealing with a yote not a fox ther a diagram some where on here but i can't find it


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PostPosted: 06 Feb 2007, 16:33 
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Hey stang234 you are not that far from where I am trapping. I see you are Milroy P.A. I am Mifflinburg P.A. I dont know what to think about this years fox trapping? I just have not figured itn out yet? Spent tons of money on books and videos and still cant find sucess like last year. Something in set up is not right - hole angle, trap bed, or something? I kinda gave up on em this year and did alot of water trapping because of the warm wet weather but should have got some.


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PostPosted: 06 Feb 2007, 17:41 
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i know where your at my boss lives in troxilville you might even know him i work for eastern industries out of naginey or milroy quarry


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PostPosted: 06 Feb 2007, 17:46 
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by the way that diagram is under the frist dirt hole set


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Thanks - I saw on another post that you sometimes put out a stinger trap? I think that was you anyway. If so do you use this method often? How are the results? I actually did try the two traps back from the hole at one location this year but only had it out for a couple of days. Set never got worked.


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did you try to mix up the bait and lure sometimes that helps don't worry been haveing the same problem only thing you can do is mix it up a bit something will happen


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Yes I did. I stopped trapping for the year around Christmas. I had to empty the freezer and get skinning - plus used all my vacation up. I think I gave up before it got cold and that might have been a mistake. Need to plan better for next year. I still think trap placement or hole angle was a problem. I use sheeps wool for a bait and lure holder and place it down a dirt hole made often with a stake and sometimes I will see the set was worked and the wool pulled out but trap not fired. Did not step on pan? Or maybe a squirrel? not sure but everything I read or watch on video leaves me with more questions. Seems everyone does things different and gives a different answer to the same question. I quess I need to find what works for me but everthing else is clicking except the fox. Went backwards from the year before and that is hard to accept when I know they are there. Called one in two weeks ago at night in a place I trapped heavy with no results?


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