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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 17:04 
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I caught my first raccoon in a snare this week. It was on a small run along the river bank, set the snare 7 inches across, and three inches off the ground. The next day this big boar was waiting on me. :--D :--D

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He was a skinny boy, when I picked him up he had lots of loose skin. Back in the fall he was probably a fat guy but as winter wore on he lost the weight and now he had loose skin hanging off :--D . The fur was pretty, nice and thick. No rubs that I could tell. This is my first deep winter coon, and I noticed some things that were different from my november coons. When I skinned him out, he was like a buck in the rut, NO fat anywhere. When I was fleshing him I noticed the leather was more white and thicker than my early season coons. November coons seem to have a blue color in the leather. Now my question, I noticed in the armpits the animal had what looked like sores, they were small bloody holes. What is this? Here is a pic:
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Another thing I noticed where these small holes in the back, these are not holes from me fleshing. I have seen holes like this in the early season coons but never this bad.
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There is a mark on the lower back from the snare. Will this cause me to lose money if I sell it?
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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 17:29 
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Congrats on your late season catch. Wish we could use snares here. As for your question I believe those are bite marks. Coons rut this time of year and fight quite often. Could be tick bites also, hard to tell.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 17:57 
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Those are bite marks from fighting. They are rutting now and just about all the males are going to have bites from fighting. You might loose a little from the snare scar but not a whole lot.


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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 18:05 
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Bite marks are normal they are always fighting. We normally have some that fight like that even back in Nov, but they can still equal a damaged pelt if there is any amount of them. You are going to get reamed on the snare mark, that's a pretty bad one. One of many reasons why I will not ever use a snare on a coon on purpose, it almost always equals a damaged pelt, and not worth my time. The only exception is if you can consistently neck catch them, and I ain't seen many people that can.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 18:08 
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after the pelt has dried, wouldnt the snare mark fade away?

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 18:12 
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No, it will get dark from the leather being thinned right in that area.

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 19:40 
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so much for my "winter prime coon" lol

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013, 20:01 
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I look at the bright side, i have always wanted to snare a coon, and I finally did it. I learned a lot with this coon. The area I snared him in was thick cover on the riverbank. I had to crawl on my stomach to set the snare. I think that if I am going to blind set, snare, or connibear catch a coon it will be in thick cover. Maybe next time I will set a 110 or a 155 connibear. Maybe I can use this coon to hone my braintanning skills 8)

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