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Well guys I've pretty much pulled all my traps. I've left my snares for now. But it's starting to get warm an I hate trapping in the summer. So far I've ended right now with 35 coyotes not bad for being part time

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Well shoot, sorry I didn't hear the phone, was under the weather last week so the phone been on my nightstand, pretty much forgotten about.
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Well guys I've pretty much pulled all my traps. I've left my snares for now. But it's starting to get warm an I hate trapping in the summer. So far I've ended right now with 35 coyotes not bad for being part time.
Good Stuff Eric!

32 Coyotes in 13 days here.

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Good Stuff Eric!

32 Coyotes in 13 days here.

I'll have high hopes and more steel come next season.
I'm already getting more gear for next year

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Good Stuff Eric!

32 Coyotes in 13 days here.

I'll have high hopes and more steel come next season.
What traps are you using.
I've been using .
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An some Victor longsprings but they aren't making the cut next year

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Well shoot, sorry I didn't hear the phone, was under the weather last week so the phone been on my nightstand, pretty much forgotten about.
Ya I was in big Lake an parked at your house but knew your were sick. So I was calling to check on you

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Yalls numbers make me look bad. I ain't saying mine! Good work men!


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What traps are you using.

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An some Victor longsprings but they aren't making the cut next year
MB 550 OS (offset jaw) with MB chain stakes.

Like you already know, those big male coyotes are tough on traps, but the 550ís can take the abuse and then some.
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MB 550 OS (offset jaw) with MB chain stakes.

Like you already know, those big male coyotes are tough on traps, but the 550ís can take the abuse and then some.
Yes sir I'm really liking them. But I have alot of the bridgers an they work great as well. The only ones I have trouble with are the 650s in this part of the country they don't work so well

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Numbers don't matter. It's the results of those number. Like mine there were coyotes everywhere when I started now there are very few. Sometimes where there are few they are the hard ones

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Yalls numbers make me look bad. I ain't saying mine! Good work men!
It looks like you piled up the fur to me.

That's some rough and unforgiving country you fellas are trapping in.

I couldnít imagine how hard it would be driving an earth anchor in out your way.

I'd spend half of my day driving in stakes, and another half pulling them out when I left!
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It looks like you piled up the fur to me.

That's some rough and unforgiving country you fellas are trapping in.

I couldnít imagine how hard it would be driving an earth anchor in out your way.

I'd spend half of my day driving in stakes, and another half pulling them out when I left!
I trap 2 ranches one is sand an the other caliche an rock. I use anchors in the sand plus drags an only drags at the other place. I prefer drags to stakes most of the time

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MB 550 OS (offset jaw) with MB chain stakes.

Like you already know, those big male coyotes are tough on traps, but the 550ís can take the abuse and then some.
I am mb550 only these days. They are one fine trap, and I was a diehard long spring Newhouse guy two years ago. I make my own chain stakes now, I used to use only drags.
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It looks like you piled up the fur to me.

That's some rough and unforgiving country you fellas are trapping in.

I couldnít imagine how hard it would be driving an earth anchor in out your way.

I'd spend half of my day driving in stakes, and another half pulling them out when I left!
I love the chain stakes but I do have to pick where I can set a trap. They are sure handy to set in good ground, and hold really well. I will get some pics of the homemade ones I build. Probably not as good as the MB version but if someone needed to build some up without ordering them they will get the job done.
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I trap 2 ranches one is sand an the other caliche an rock. I use anchors in the sand plus drags an only drags at the other place. I prefer drags to stakes most of the time

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Iím trapping in really sandy soil, but in some areas,(usually great spots) you couldnít drive an earth anchor unless you had Thorís hammer.

It burns me up when I canít set where I want to because of the ground.
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I am mb550 only these days. They are one fine trap, and I was a diehard long spring Newhouse guy two years ago. I make my own chain stakes now, I used to use only drags.
That is all I will buy from now on. The quality and durability is unsurpassed.

I bought my 550’s 4 coiled, then pulled the secondary coils off of them to save for later if the traps ever get slow. It's only a few dollars more a dozen for the 4 coil.

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I love the chain stakes but I do have to pick where I can set a trap. They are sure handy to set in good ground, and hold really well. I will get some pics of the homemade ones I build. Probably not as good as the MB version but if someone needed to build some up without ordering them they will get the job done.
I don’t have the equipment to make my own, so I have to bite the bullet at $30 a dozen.
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That is all I will buy from now on. The quality and durability is unsurpassed.

I bought my 550ís 4 coiled, then pulled the secondary coils off of them to save for later if the traps ever get slow. It's only a few dollars more a dozen for the 4 coil.



I donít have the equipment to make my own, so I have to bite the bullet at $30 a dozen.
Sounds like you need at TBH sample delivery.
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Sounds like you need at TBH sample delivery.
Sounds like Iím going to owe you some Ice cold beer.
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Iím trapping in really sandy soil, but in some areas,(usually great spots) you couldnít drive an earth anchor unless you had Thorís hammer.

It burns me up when I canít set where I want to because of the ground.
Yes sir I hear ya

My old supervisor told me he had a trapper down in rocksprings that had to chisel trap sets out of rock. He carried a chisel with him. That's a lil much for me hahh

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Yes sir I hear ya

My old supervisor told me he had a trapper down in rocksprings that had to chisel trap sets out of rock. He carried a chisel with him. That's a lil much for me hahh

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Screw that! The gov. don't pay enough for that much effort, besides that your great grandad showed us how to set traps in country like that using grass to cover the trap. Never tried it for coyotes but he said it would work, caught many coon, cat, and grey like that though.
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Screw that! The gov. don't pay enough for that much effort, besides that your great grandad showed us how to set traps in country like that using grass to cover the trap. Never tried it for coyotes but he said it would work, caught many coon, cat, and grey like that though.
Lol yes sir he dang sure knew his stuff that's for sure

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Sounds like Iím going to owe you some Ice cold beer.
Sounds like a fine trade to me!
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Conibear 330's strike again with 2 more coyote kills on a high fence ranch. The place also has tons of turkey vultures which work fast on trapped animals

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FYI it is illegal to use that 330 in that manner in Texas
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FYI it is illegal to use that 330 in that manner in Texas
Good info, I don't use them but didn't know the rules.
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Supposed to only use greater than 10" DIAGONAL opening in 6" of water or more, no dry land for them

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Supposed to only use greater than 10" DIAGONAL opening in 6" of water or more, no dry land for them

Just trying to save someone a few $$
Yep I looked it up after I saw your post. I do have a couple I bought for beaver control, after I set them in my shop to see how they worked I am scared to use them. I am not anti conibear , just never used them and like to turn unwanted catches loose. A coyote around here would never go thru one anyway. Beaver are new to my area and snares are working well for me at the moment.
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That's the bad thing tho the Lil book don't say much for laws. But that one is in there

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From the TPWD Website:

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It is illegal to:

"Take fur-bearing animals with body grip traps with a diagonal opening greater than 10 inches set on land or in less than 6-inch deep water."


The #330 Victor Double Spring Conibear Trap has a 10" x 10" jaw spread.
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"Take fur-bearing animals with body grip traps with a diagonal opening greater than 10 inches set on land or in less than 6-inch deep water."


The #330 Victor Double Spring Conibear Trap has a 10" x 10" jaw spread.
So that would make it illegal wouldn't it because the diagonal of the trap would be about 12 or so right?

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So that would make it illegal wouldn't it because the diagonal of the trap would be about 12 or so right?

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Let's change to subject, my first try at stretching. I hope all the hair doesn't fall out.


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If it hasn't now it shouldn't. Lol good job man. Did you use wood or wire stretchers

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I used wire but only had two big enough for the larger cats, I have seven more big cats in the freezer but ran out of time to stretch them. The NAFA truck is gonna be in Angelo at 8 am in the morning. Guess I will save them for next year.
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So that would make it illegal wouldn't it because the diagonal of the trap would be about 12 or so right?
Good Gravy! Thanks Eric.

You fellas are absolutely right. I stand corrected.
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Good Gravy! Thanks Eric.

You fellas are absolutely right. I stand corrected.
I wasn't meaning to correct you. Or to come off that way.

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Good Gravy! Thanks Eric.

You fellas are absolutely right. I stand corrected.
I wasn't meaning to correct you either. This is all new to me also so was posting the pic for information.
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I wasn't meaning to correct you. Or to come off that way.
No worries. I sure didn't take it that way;
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I used wire but only had two big enough for the larger cats, I have seven more big cats in the freezer but ran out of time to stretch them.

The NAFA truck is gonna be in Angelo at 8 am in the morning.

Guess I will save them for next year.
Did you weigh any of your bigger cats?
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Did you weigh any of your bigger cats?
Ya I had two at 29 one 28 and a couple around 26. The rest were 23 and under.
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Ya I had two at 29 one 28 and a couple around 26. The rest were 23 and under.
Wow!

Did you catch most of them on baited & lured sets?
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Did you catch most of them on baited & lured sets?


Mostly bobcat urine and scat but some with gland lure added also.


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Hey Eric, how many cats did you catch this year?
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Good info, I don't use them but didn't know the rules.
I don't remember who makes them but there are round jaw conibear style traps with a 10" jaw spread, they're legal and wicked efficient in fence crawls. Have caught several coyotes that didn't even get out of the hole, drt!
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I don't remember who makes them but there are round jaw conibear style traps with a 10" jaw spread, they're legal and wicked efficient in fence crawls. Have caught several coyotes that didn't even get out of the hole, drt!


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Hey Eric, how many cats did you catch this year?
I think 13. Biggest this year was 35# biggest cat for me.
I used some gland lure urine an baits lol. But I've been using a walk thru set an man that's been doing great

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