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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2009, 14:43 
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i was wondering what sizes would be best for the cuts in the top of the buckets for the conibear springs? im gona use 220s. Used a couple this year but didnt catch alot cause i didnt have them closer enough to the critters travel ways and because they wernt close enough to the water i guess. Any help/tips on the subject would be great. Also what would work good for bait .I used marshmallows and sardines as well as canned cat food this year but looking for sometheing new for next year.


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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2009, 14:50 
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I cut just enough for the spring to fit nice and snug, about 1/4". I also cut part of the side out so it sits more stable and it eliminates some of the extra room at the bottom and top of trap. I will drill holes in bottom and sides to help circulate the scent from the bait. I use muskrat, beaver, goose, etc. as bait, mainly because I use these sets for cats. It also attracts the coon, skunk, and opossum.

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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2009, 14:56 
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Check your state regs. Here in NY, we have to have the opening less than 6 inches, and the trap has to be set back in a minimum of 4 inches with the spring slots at least 8 inches deep. Pretty much limits the use of bucket sets to what they want.

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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2009, 15:07 
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redrider how far back into the bucket do you cut? 2inches?


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I do pretty much the same as redrider, except the cuts in the side might be a little broader because I use 220's as well as 160's in bucket sets. You might want to put a hole or 2 in the "top" of the bucket so you can run a couple stakes into the ground to hold the bucket down. The bait you used should be good. Sardines and cat food should give off plenty of scent. I raked out the leaves under the bucket and threw in marshmellows so they had something to look at. I have heard that catfish bait in the squeeze tube is also good but haven't tried it yet.

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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2009, 19:02 
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countryboy wrote:
redrider how far back into the bucket do you cut? 2inches?


That sounds about right.

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i like to use the square buckets.i've found by cutting the bottoms it narrows down the opening so the 160's i use fit better,also making the bucket more sturdy.
i cut my notches 3 1/2-4"so the trap doesn't "fire" out of the bucket when tripped.this makes body catches instead of behind the ear hits.i also like to lay a log over the bucket to keep it where i put it,it helps hide it also.
i pulled the bucket out from under this log before my camerawoman caught up!! :D

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Cooncrazy have you ever staked your buckets down through the top? I always use your tecnique using logs and fallen trees. Its worked good for me so far. I've only ran into a couple circumstances where its a pain in the butt finding suitable trees/logs but I do also like the camouflage it adds. Planning on trying stakes next year Just wonderin if you go with the stakes if ya never go back!?


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never had to stake,plenty of wood around here!!! i don't think it would hurt anything to run a stake thru the middle of the bucket.round buckets tend to roll,so this would stablize them.this is another reason i like square buckets,no rolling!(plus i get them at work for free!!). :roll:
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possums like them buckets also!!

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nice pic cooncrazy i would use square buckets but i dont find them anywhere and i live out in the boondocks so i dont haveaccess to them really. I know they sell them but i dont feel like paying 2 dollars a bucket. what kind of bait do you use?


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PostPosted: 22 Feb 2009, 21:58 
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have you ever used 220s instead of 160s?


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I hear ya there I as well go with the squares and can get em for free. Although I do like Mohawks buckets quite a bit. They're round cut in half and staked. Really tempted to try them next year along with the 160's. I'm thinking easier hauling around too


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no 220's here in pa,160's are the largest we can go.i don't mind,i think the 160's do a better job than 220's.its only a inch differnce between the two,and i think they fit the bucket better!!
bait depends where i'm at.fish type where i know no dogs or cats are at, maple syrup,peanutbutter,marshmellows and jelly if i think cats might be in the area(closer to houses,barns,ect.) i talk to the landowners to let them know if i'm using coni's.some want any feral cats removed too.

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yea ive heard guys likn 220 better and guys likn 160 to im just tryn to geet info to get better for next season


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the last pic i'm using the bucket to try and keep the mink set (to the right of the bucket) from being pluged up with a coon.didn't work,mink went over both of them!!thats mink poop on the board above the trap!!

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Do you make/catch your own fish bait CC?


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thanks for the pics those are great i am going to try the bucket thing next season everyone seems to have great sucsess and a tip to ya gush call a local kennel or dog cat boarding house and see if they get any feed in in buckets alot of your pet feed comes in square buckets atleast what we get around here and they are ususally glad to get rid of them

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i use blackies shellfish bait(fatal attraction) plus i catch crawdads and grind them up.i grind minnows also.

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Thanks Michah that seems like an ingenious idear! I'd love to stock up on buckets and run a nice long line of em next year. They're def my favorite set. First sets I started using a couple years ago and I'm still hooked haha.
Thought I'd share my fav set and spot this year next to a huge den tree.
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Enjoyed the info and the pictures. Nice looking country.

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Those of you who've extracted fish oil for bait... do you use it year round through decent weather and freezing weather? I'm actually excited to do all the offseason work and preping. Fishing and stockin up on oil's on the list. I'm looking forward to hittin the lake and collectin oil this summer! Does the oil get pretty stinky? And does it still put off odor when freezing in the later half of the season?


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gush71315 wrote:
Those of you who've extracted fish oil for bait... do you use it year round through decent weather and freezing weather? I'm actually excited to do all the offseason work and preping. Fishing and stockin up on oil's on the list. I'm looking forward to hittin the lake and collectin oil this summer! Does the oil get pretty stinky? And does it still put off odor when freezing in the later half of the season?


DUDE, sun rendered fish oil STINKS!!!!! :shock: I started out with it cooking on my dog kennel and it ended up at work. :lol: The neighbors were freaking out wondering where that smell was coming from. Now they just wonder where that skunk is at that keeps spraying in my shed. :lol: :lol: That fish oil will continue to smell all winter long and it only froze up when it got down to zero. Pretty good stuff. BTW, I stake all of my buckets down because when the water came up earlier this past season it took the log away that I had on the bucket but the stakes held it down. I don't expect this to work all the time, but it did once so it might again.

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Awesome Mo! Lookin forward to enjoyin the stink now! I bet its just a matter of time before your neighbors put in nose plugs before walking outside hahaha. By the way what kind of fish did you end up using?


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I just use carp, I like to bowfish so that is a good way to utilize the catch. That and of course freeze some for bucket set bait. This kind of keeps everything "cheap" but effective. :D

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Them some good lookin northern Pa coon there cooncrazy. :D were headed home for spring break so me and the guys are gonna stop up at Jims sometime this weekend. it will be nice to see them pups again.. oh and i guess i forgot about Jim and Wayne too. haha

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