Welcome to the Wild-About-Trapping.com Forums

Friends, Family and Outdoor Traditions
It is currently 23 Oct 2017, 19:33

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Trapping flood water
PostPosted: 07 Dec 2014, 17:31 
Offline
Experienced Forum User
Experienced Forum User

Joined: 26 Oct 2008, 15:27
Posts: 397
Location: West Virginia
This year I'm mainly doing water trapping, and due to the week long heavy rains we have had my river property has flooded over its banks. There is a small field that is mostly knee deep water, and the large field is partially flooded. How do raccoons handle this situation? The river was at normal level for a long time and there was well defined trails and dens, and many places to make blind sets. Now that the river has risen and flooded everything, will the raccoons stay in the area? I'm thinking either the raccoons will hang around and find new dens for the time being, and will prowl the places that were once flooded for dead fish and crawdads and travel the waters edge (similar to what they do when the water is normal level, except higher up on the bank). OR, due to their world being torn upside down and homes flooded, leave the area and roam all over the place in a panic. Next weekend I plan on filling the place with traps using fresh fish for bait and using salmon oil as lure along the receding waters edge. Anybody have opinions on this? I've had good luck using canned makarel in pocket sets sprayed with salmon oil. If anybody has trapped floodwater and knows anything about animal behavior in these conditions I would love to hear from you. 8)

_________________
Trapping season 14-15
6 Muskrat
1 Beaver
8 Raccoons

"Every creature that is alive is yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants."
Genesis 9:3


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Trapping flood water
PostPosted: 07 Dec 2014, 22:34 
Offline
Professional Trapper
Professional Trapper

Joined: 06 Nov 2013, 18:01
Posts: 1369
Your plan should work and youve got the right idea. Coons wont leave the area as long as theres den sites they can find. If the weathers temperate they will sleep/rest on tree limbs for several days too. Cover is key, if theres no cover they'll disperse to where they can find adequate cover . Problem with a receding shoreline is moving traps everyday to keep 1-2" of water over the sets. Personally in those conditions i use available "holes" etc if theyre in the right spot or just make PVC sets. If theres no rain or no reason for the water to come back up you can set just a little deeper in the early am and sometimes get 2 or 3 days out of a set. Cheap bait(s) are a good idea and with such frequent moves lures left behind and may educate a few older coons. Lure for the most part isnt palatable. Like going to a pizza joint, smell makes your mouth water but if the sausage is rotten? If theres rats id seriously consider some floats etc too and you can also make "dry" sets (dirt hole etc) for the coons and put out cubbys with conis or footholds and not have to fight the receding water with those. You may see some of your biggest catches of the season right beside that floodwater. Good luck

_________________
Waitin for the leaves to fall...


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  


Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group