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 Post subject: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 16:53 
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Just wondering what you guys may have caught in an unlikely set. For instance maybe catching a fox in a pocket set, or catching a beaver in a 120, or catching a rat with a #4 double long spring. You see where I am going with this. Every day when I am checking my traps I wonder to myself, "Is it possible that maybe I caught an otter in my pocket set?, or maybe a beaver?". You see what I am saying. I look forward to your responses!

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 17:30 
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We have caught a couple of beaver in #11's, only had them by a couple toes but they couldn't think of getting away. Also caught a good sized female bobcat in a number #11 I had set to keep coons out of our bobcat sets.

Here is the bobcat, I don't think we have any of the beavers in the trap.

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I'll never know how she got hit that good, but it held lol. Seeing this happen is one reason we went to using DP's around the cat sets instead of footholds. I don't know how well I would take it seeing where a bobcat got away because they got into a #11.

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 17:32 
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I have caught muskrats in 330s and 280s, and I even caught a fox in a 160 once :D That was a surprise for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 17:33 
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I've caught snapping turtles in 110 set for muskrat. Today I caught a muskrat in a sleepy creek #3 on a drowning rod. Had it set on a beaver slide.

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 17:45 
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A couple Beaver in #1 stop-losses (1 held live). Big Beaver by the tail (alive) with a #330. Cant think of others atm.

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 17:49 
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Really woods can't think of others??? How bout that great big cat you caught.

I got a red fox in a set for coon it was baited with mint, the trap uncovered and lots of guiding.


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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 23:03 
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i caught a pheasant in a 220 in a culvert this fall already...I thought that was really odd... and I also caught a mink in a dog proof by the lake....

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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Lots of rats in 330's and in #3 and 4 longsprings in spillway sets, one beaver in a double 0 ls. Red fox in a 120 set in a wood martin box set for mink. lynx in a wolf set. Bunney in coyote snares. All sorts of cool stuff happens out there on the line lolol

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2012, 00:25 
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Nate in WI wrote:
Really woods can't think of others??? How bout that great big cat you caught.

I got a red fox in a set for coon it was baited with mint, the trap uncovered and lots of guiding.


Lol true. Though it isnt uncommon to get a lion in a Bobcat set, holding one is lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2012, 08:06 
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love the cat in the #11
and the beaver in the stop loss.

Great pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2012, 09:00 
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Mink in a dog proof?! Cool! This is great stuff!! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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:lol: :lol: :lol: Excellent thread! I have snared a few turkeys aimed at bobcats, but still waiting on that "wth" catch.

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2012, 09:38 
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I got a good one.


Years ago when I was 11 years old I had been running lines with my dad for several years and I was ready to do it myself. So dad gave me one #2 cs trap and pointed the corner of the field beside are house and said go make a fox set back there. Well after several days and nothing but bait stealing and dug up traps I decided I was gonna find out for sure what was messing with my set. So being 11 and a bit crafty I decide that spreading PB right on the pan and leaving the trap fully exposed was the ticket :shock: Well the next day I had a catch, kinda looked like something had chewed it's foot off but it was all frozen to the trap and covered with ice and snow. I take the whole trap to the house and show it to dad. He was as baffled as I was so he started to run warm water over it to thaw it out. Well what emerged was not a foot but rather a tongue :oops:, most likely a dog tongue :--o There had been a stray and wild German Shepard mix that had been running around the neighborhood. Well it disappeared after that :| I was so upset mom and dad let me stay home from school that day. I remember walking into the outdoors shop, we frequented, about a week later and the guy working asked me "so are dog tongues bringing in good money this year?" :lol: They razzed me for years about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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i have cought pack rats in everything from a 1.65 to a number 3.....but the best one was a 6'6" mt lion in a number two bridger....and it was as dead as a door knob when i got to it.....and i bet that old swamp rat still has a pick somewhere......
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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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i forgot i also snared a jackrabbit and to my surprise i found him before the yotes did so i successfully realised him.

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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lol....and that is a surprise....lol tons of rabbits in everything from a snare to a pick up truck...lol
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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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I think I've told this story before but it fits this thread. Just off of a fence line seperating a pasture from a plowed field, I decided to cross a trail with a log and place a trap on either side, thinking that a critter would jump over the log and down onto the trap. Checked it a couple mornings after setting it up and it had caught a hen pheasant with a leg in either trap. And that's all that was left besides some feathers. I'm sure ole Wiley was rolling around in laughter a couple of hundred meters away watching me remove those drumsticks from the traps...

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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I caught a big great horned owl in a muskrat set on a creek bank when I was 13,(1979 lol) took me and 2 buddies and a lot of scratches to get it out.


Man I sure want to catch one of those big kitty's..It's on my bucket list

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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Great stuff guys. I don't have anything to add yet but I am working on it........

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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caught a bull rog in a 330 and turned it loose those critters are tough took a turky in a coyote snare cought by the wing now figure that one out

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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Badgers in coyote snares.I've done this more than I wanted to.How do you catch a badger in a 10 inch snare loop with the bottom of the loop 10 inches off the ground?


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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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ha ha i have had the same thing happen. why the badgers go up to go through the snare loop ill never figure out... but i did snare one of those boogers around the neck last year in i coyote snare which i thought was crazy cause they dont have a neck. ha ha You alway know you have a dang badger cause when you pull up to your set and it looks like a bomb went off...

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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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When checking a blind set for muskrat, made with a coil spring just under water, there was a Mallard caught by his beak.


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 Post subject: Re: Unexpected catches
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i almost caught a fox in a mink trap. had the trap in a couple inches of water alongside a culvert, with a few drops of mink lure in the grass just passed the trap. i could see in the snow where the fox was walking down the road, got past the set and winded the lure, then turned around and bee-lined straight for it. seems to imply that water set works!
i have also caught multiple rabbits in snares and footholds. I caught a small northern pike in a 330 last spring. and last winter I caught a barred owl in a snare. I have no idea why he was messing around the set, cuz the bait was well covered with leaves and under a small pine tree. He was none the worse for wear as the snare had not tightened down at all, just kinda hung up around his waist. he weighed about the same as a piece of paper. it was kinda funny to watch him take off. the area was too thick for him to fly off, so he just ran off like a road runner! i had no idea they could move so fast on the ground.

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