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PostPosted: 15 May 2008, 15:18 
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I am looking at getting some dog-proof traps for this season and could use some help picking which ones to get. Bandit busters are about half the price of coon cuffs and Grizz get’rz so it is tempting to get those. Sounds like if you use PVC for the hole along with the bandit buster they work pretty good. If anyone uses has feedback from using any dog-proof traps I would appreciate it. Also what do you like to use for bait? Thanks for the help.


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PostPosted: 15 May 2008, 15:37 
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I have never used dog proof traps, but I have read a lot of reviews. Pretty much unanimously the grizz getters seem to be the preferred type; no personal experience on my part though.


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Ive havent used any of them either. I may get some next year, so Ill watch this post and see what everybody says.

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The Grizz is a good trap, but you can't just set it anywhere. It being a round piece of pipe and the trigger mechanism being as it is, you will need some imagination when setting one. They will hold and hold well. They will also knock a blood blister on your finger when you are setting them and they go off and your finger is in the way of the dog! :x Plan on catching some possums in them along with the coons. They are very expensive and you will need to consider that when you are setting them...wouldn't want them just to walk off with someone else. I would suggest buying only one or two until you are sure that is the answer to your problem.

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PostPosted: 15 May 2008, 16:23 
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Swamp, how do the Grizz stack up against the (I think this is them) coon cuffs?

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I can't say, I have only used the Grizz. I think there are bout 3 versions of this style trap. All should work about the same.

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Thanks for the info. For the griz what kind of sets do you like to make? The coon cuffs and bandit busters seem to be a simple pocket set. The grizz is a completely different trap and seems like it could have multiple sets but I don’t know what would work. I am hoping that Lil Bit will chime in when he logs in since he did a great tutorial on the bandit busters.

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Lil Bit might chime in now....SHE is not a HE! :oops: I usually just make an indention near a bank or stump and fill the trap with deer corn and stablize it with sticks and then camo it, make sure you have it fastened like any other trap. If you aren't careful it will "wobble"....need to make sure it is stable.

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My bad. Thanks for the heads up. What do you use for bait?


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Dry recleaned corn (aka deer corn)

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Bandit Busters is what I meant. Sorry.

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PostPosted: 26 May 2008, 13:55 
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fieldereast: Coon Cuffs worked OK. Read an article in FFG a few issues ago about using a large PVC end cap and cutting a hole in the center. The author said he put a #1 coil spring under the cap and when the coon reached in for the bait, it was still there when he checked the trap. He also wrote that it kept out dogs. I think I am going to try that setup this upcoming season. A #1 Sleepy Creek d/c/s is cheaper than a Coon Cuff (or so my wallet tells me).

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I did see that article and thought it might work well. My problem is the county I live in here in Maryland doesn’t allow foot hold traps to be set on land. I am trying to get special permission from the state to use “dog-proof traps” for this one WMA which is a share crop area growing corn, beans, etc. There is a chance I might get it but we will see. There are just a lot of good coon you pass up when you can only make water sets and I am trying to work with the state so we are both happy. Thanks for all the help.


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PostPosted: 28 May 2008, 10:36 
*peeks in her trousers* Nope. Still a girl. Anyway. :) A good bait for bandit busters. coon cuffs etc is you take corn meal, beer, and jack mackeral, mash it all up, let it get stinky, and then put that in the bottom. It makes the coon keep grabbing at it and working it without actually removing the bait. Sometimes a little jam helps too.


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I put marshmellow's or marshmellow cream in them ...they will reach and reach and reach in there to get more cream....I wired one open so it wouldn't fire and watched a pet coon work it ..He reached in 39 time's in 15 min'.s ..I learned a lot watching that pet coon work the grizz.

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