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 Post subject: End of Season
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 18:39 
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Well, season closed yesterday. How did everybody do? I wrapped up season with 42 coons and 25 beaver. I only caught 6 rats and 2 skunks. I also was able to catch my first and second otter ever this season :D Now Im running a few snares to catch yotes in the year-round season while fur may still be good and after that I guess it will be time to start fishing. What are all y'all plannin to do now that trapping season is over?

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 21:18 
this is my 1st real year. i trapped serious for dec.-feb. & got 15 possums
6 coons
1 bobcat
1 skunk

& we killed 1 coyote
it was lotsa fun & will b doing it on opening day this year. lol now i will move onto bowfishing, turkey hunting, & catfish jugging. oh & gonna try grog gigging.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 08:25 
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First year trappin. Jan-feb. I got...
7 beaver
5 coons
4 oppossums
2 muskrats
1 river otter....heck of a thing to find in coon trap...boy was he mean.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 09:16 
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easttntrapper wrote:
First year trappin. Jan-feb. I got...
7 beaver
5 coons
4 oppossums
2 muskrats
1 river otter....heck of a thing to find in coon trap...boy was he mean.


:lol: :lol: :lol: You are 100% correct on that observation! Most folks seem to take otter in Conibears and so they never see one in a foothold and observe how aggressive and bold otter can be. I would rank them as the most fearsome animal I catch in any of my traps. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 15:40 
i once caught a dead 1 last year but it looked harmless. lol i would have never guessed them to b mean. i figured a bobcat in a foothold would b the worst.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 16:46 
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I also caught an otter in one of my coon sets this year. The one i caught didnt seem very aggressive though.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 20:39 
heres a picture of my catch. im missing a few possums, a coon & a skunk. 1 mink (roadkill), 1 rabbit (shotgun), 1 coyote (shotgun), 1 bobcat, 5 coons & 13 possums (traps) ive always wanted a picture of a winters catch like the old timers. lol
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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 22:40 
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Neat picture CC....are not a bit fearful that the old barn might not fall down and cover your hides? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2011, 21:26 
lol it is old & rickety. i was leaning against it with a 8" stepladder to drive nails in the top. the only thing holding it up i felt was hope & prayers! lol needless to say i just left the nails when i was done.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2011, 08:09 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: Probably a smart move! :shock: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 05 Mar 2011, 11:48 
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Well my snares havent caught a yote yet. Im going to keep trying for a week or so more and then move on to bass, crappie, and panfish fishing. I also am going to try cathing some snapping turtles and jugging later on. I may also try bowfishing. Oh, and getting things together for my trip to Africa.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2011, 22:03 
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Well I see if I am gone for a few days, some new people get on board........... Glad to see others here from Tennessee.

Otter is a tough critter, and a beaver is another. Watch out if these are still alive, they will hurt you. I know of a dog that got hold of a beaver, that was in a snare........... not good.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2011, 05:16 
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Nice barn pic neighbor, keep it up :D

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2011, 18:19 
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Beaver are a pretty ferocious critter when caught alive. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 08 Mar 2011, 20:57 
whistlepig-i dont know if u have done it before or not but jugging & bowfishing is great. i went bowfishing last year with a guide & by myself. also r u hunting in africa. i have always wanted to go down to south africa. hunting, fishing, or even safari. lol
watershedman25-thanks
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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 09 Mar 2011, 18:26 
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Hey crow commander, nice pics. Me and my dad do a lot of jugging inn the summer. Last year we caught 246 blue cats and the total weight was 829 lbs. The biggest fish we have ever caught weighed 28 lbs. Bowfishing is kinda new to me though. I have only ever shot one, but I plan on going more often this year. And yes, I am going to Africa to hunt. I have been planning a trip over there for two years now and I finally have the hunt booked to start July 10th.

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Beaver-53
Muskrat-6
Otter-5
Grinner-12
Skunk-1


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 10 Mar 2011, 18:36 
dang thats alotta catfish. we caught around 20 catfish & 3 turtles. lol we go to carroll lake a twra lake. last year was the 1st time i was jugging. where i bowfish the carp & gar start spawning 1st weekend of april on into may. im ready too. lol i got a guide to take me again april 2. nativ bowfishing. he costs about $100 a person by eddyville ky. how do u get a guide & hunt started in africa. i thought only rich folks could go. lol can u tell me ur guides name so i can look it up. & do u have to take malaria pills before u go. lol ive never talked to someone whos went or been to africa. that is cool.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 11 Mar 2011, 21:21 
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Im going to Africa with Two Waters Safaris. You have to take a few shots before you go, but Im not sure what they are for. The part of Africa Im going to is Malaria free (so they say lol)

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 11 Mar 2011, 21:31 
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After a week and a half, I finally caught a yote in a snare :lol: It was the first yote I have caught in 3 years. The first was in a cage trap the first year I ever trapped when I was 13.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2011, 11:30 
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Put out two snares for "whistle-pig" yesterday. This morning I had one. I love extending trapping season with these year-round season animals :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2011, 23:44 
what size snares do u use for coyotes. i found some on ebay & it would b cool to catch 1. i know this guy that caught 1 this year with a snare going under a gate. i wish i knew of a spot that simple. lol this old guy told me to stake a beaver carcass in a broomsage field & in a few days id have trails to set snares in. lol also r they alive when u find animals in snares. on u tube they was always dead. i find it crazy that their so effective.


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 14 Mar 2011, 13:35 
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I use 3/32 cable snares and just set the trails under fences and/or gates. From my experince with snares, the animal may be alive or dead when you get there. It depends on how long it has been caught or if you caught them in the right spot. If you make the loop too big the animal may go almost all the way thru it and get caught around the waist or leg.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 14 Mar 2011, 15:16 
alright i will try those then. i bought a #4 leg trap today for coyotes. that thing is huge. i also noticed the dogpan is alot harder to push down. ive read that it prevents nontarget species from setting it off. i will set it tommorrow in the corner of a field or around some water in a dirthole set. i dont have any scent so i will prolly just use fish. lol


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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Good luck crow commander

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 15 Mar 2011, 20:04 
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The snare line has run dry the last few days :x I am going to leave the out another week or so and see if I cant get another yote or two.

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