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BTLowry 11-20-2020 08:23 PM

Trapping Season Thread 2020-2021
It has been a couple of years since we had one of these threads

I always enjoy seeing the pictures and learning new tips and tricks

So I thought I would start a current thread for those of us who will be trying to reduce the predator population to share information and success pictures

I am very much the novice but I have caught a few coyotes and plan to catch some more but we also have some very knowledgeable trappers amongst us that have shared their knowledge on these type of threads

Feel free to ask questions, offer advice and offer encouragement to your fellow TBH trappers here

Brute Killer 11-21-2020 11:55 AM

I'm ready to get started.

McClain 11-21-2020 12:05 PM

Good luck guys. Sure wish there would have been internet forums and YouTube videos back in the late 60s, 70s, and 80s when I was trapping during the most recent fur heyday. Learning was basically restricted back then to talking to a few old godgers, reading the limited literature on the subject, and a whole lot of trial and error . . . mostly the latter. Experience is still the best teacher I think.

wytex 11-21-2020 12:42 PM

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Well heck, didn't see this before I started another thread.
Spouse and I do some trapping up here on the ranch we manage.
Mainly bobcats and coyotes.
We're going to start next week as weather permits, snow may be coming. We'll at least get to call some coyotes if it's snowy.

Interested to see what happens with fur auctions next spring. We had 1 bobcat sell at FHA auction and 1 did not, the largest did not sell.

We run MB 550s, Bridger #3 dogless and #3 coil spring, and some Victor 1.75 4x4 coil springs. All offset.

Couple of catch pics for this thread.

wytex 11-21-2020 12:51 PM

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You might find this amusing but the spouse has been using dead mice and rats for bait in cubby sets. Our mentor told us about something he used, dried jackrabbit faces and hides with googly eyes glued on.
Well they work.

BTLowry 11-21-2020 08:53 PM


If it works then keep doing it

Guy told me he saved gophers and used them in dirt hole sets and it worked

BTLowry 11-25-2020 07:59 PM

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Set 3 coyote traps and 2 DP coon traps this afternoon

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If I can catch one coyote in the next 4 days I will be happy :D

BTLowry 11-26-2020 05:53 PM

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Got one in that dirt hole set I posted above

Moved over and reset to see if I can get another one

I know there are at least 4 because I got one pic with 4 in the same pic

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Deafishunter 11-26-2020 06:30 PM

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Nice! I caught my first coyote on my right set the same night a week ago.

Was an exciting feeling of success.

Btoutdoors 11-26-2020 07:30 PM

Glad to see the thread, I should have some stuff to add soon.

BTLowry 11-26-2020 09:13 PM

Congrats Deafishunter, sure does get your confidence up to catch one

Hope to catch a few more here at the house. If they stayed in the back and ate dead stuff I wouldn't be so mad at them, but they want to sneak up around the house and poach a chicken and that is not acceptable. Plus they got a baby goat a few years ago.

I have a couple of coon traps out too, they have been vandalizing feeders

ultrastealth 11-26-2020 09:33 PM

I’ve been snaring since last spring, but it seems like you just can’t put a dent in coyote populations. I just don’t have time to set traps during deer season.

tex4k 11-26-2020 10:33 PM

If I had the know how and/or patience to learn I'd post up some pics. As it stands though I've got 5 coyotes-3 cats-9 coons for November. Total for the last few months from this sheep ranch 22 coyotes- 24 bobcat- 957641.5 coons and a few badger. Coons numbers may be exaggerated a touch but I knew better than to say a metric $}!+ ton.

BTLowry 11-27-2020 06:09 AM


Originally Posted by tex4k (Post 15281178)
If I had the know how and/or patience to learn I'd post up some pics. As it stands though I've got 5 coyotes-3 cats-9 coons for November. Total for the last few months from this sheep ranch 22 coyotes- 24 bobcat- 957641.5 coons and a few badger. Coons numbers may be exaggerated a touch but I knew better than to say a metric $}!+ ton.

Good numbers, you obviously have things figured out trapping wise

How big is the place?

How many traps are you running?

What set is most successful (flat/dirt hole/blind)?

tex4k 11-27-2020 07:55 AM

Total acres between the 2 ranches +/- 20,000 acres
Running around 60 sets half snares, half #2 sized coilspring traps
Right now dirtholes are the best producer, as the season progresses into breeding season a flat set will be more dominate.

BTLowry 11-27-2020 08:37 PM

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Got another female and a coon I did not get a picture of

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#%$* &@#&**(^) sideways pictures !!!!!:mad::mad::mad::mad:

BTLowry 11-27-2020 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by tex4k (Post 15281386)
Total acres between the 2 ranches +/- 20,000 acres
Running around 60 sets half snares, half #2 sized coilspring traps
Right now dirtholes are the best producer, as the season progresses into breeding season a flat set will be more dominate.

You have some ground to cover

Flint knapper 11-27-2020 08:58 PM

Anyone have any contact information on any fur buyers this season! I use to send my fur to NAFA, and they still owe me money! Looking for someone to sale furs to! Thanks!!!!

BTLowry 11-27-2020 09:14 PM

Someone mentioned Groeny on another site but I don't know anything about them

When I was a kid I remember there was a guy that came around about once a month that dad sold to. Pretty sure he came to the feed store on a certain Saturday. I don't know if they still do that anywhere or not but they don't around here

tex4k 11-27-2020 09:18 PM

Texas trappers website usually has a list of fur buyers who'll be active during the season. With price outlook this year may not be many options available.

McClain 11-28-2020 01:18 PM

BTL, congrats on the fine catches! Looks like you know what you are doing also. You have a good setup with the coil spring traps and in line swivels and spring. Do you stake everything or have you also used drags? While you can certainly reset most any set after a catch, sometimes its easier with a drag since they don't usually tear up the original set as bad when they can pull the drag away.

BTLowry 11-28-2020 08:03 PM

I had a friend show me some things about trapping a few years ago and he used drags.

That year I used drags and did good with the few I caught with exception of one. That one still haunts me as I am pretty sure it was a "black" coyote I had seen and had several trail cam pics of. Drag tangled and whatever was in it managed to get the trap loose from the chain. I never saw the black again and never found my trap

All that to say I am not totally opposed to using a drag, just trying something different

Before I use the ones I have again they will get heavier chain for sure

I am no expert at trapping but I am a sponge soaking up what I can and trying to apply it. Dad trapped when I was a kid and made a little extra money doing it. And my old friend that recently passed was a pretty good trapper too

wytex 11-29-2020 09:17 AM

We sent 2 bobcats to FHA last winter and only 1 sold at their auction, brought $200 though. The other will be offered this spring. They have auctions scheduled for this spring . After the auction payment was sent pretty quick, Canadian check or cheque as they call it.

Nice catches f0olks. We were winded out of our trapping, high winds and very cold for 3 days, nothing was moving. Mainly trail sets. Got our wax dirt ready for snow trapping, what a pain though.
Spouse did take a coyote he jumped while setting.

BTLowry 11-29-2020 11:25 AM

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I been robbed :D

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Something, likely a coon, stole my lure stick and probably bait. Could not make out tracks in wet dirt

Flat set is relatively still dry so I left it to keep working

tex4k 11-29-2020 11:55 AM

Out here stinkin grey fox are bait/lure pickpocket specialist! The way a coyote set is opened up just just leaves everything wide open for them. With fur prices the way they I just stiffen up the pan tension and let them pilfer, the way I apply lure/bait there's usually enough smell left for a coyote to come check it out.

wytex 11-29-2020 12:42 PM

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Fresh batch of googly eyes for dirt holes and cubby baits.
Here's the little male song dog the spouse took Thursday morning. We'll put him up and see what it brings from the buyer, I'll stretch and dry it for better price but the guard hairs are the key.
Our coyotes can bring in excess of $75 on good years.

Sets going out next weekend for bobcats and coyotes. We use John Graham lures and bait and some Cavens; Tomcat, Deception, Bonanza mild ,Double cross and Powder River Cat Call. Fresh coyote and bobcat urine from Utah, Montgomery Fur Supplies.
Wax dirt is ready and traps are waxed and ready to go. Some will get staked down and some use drags: Sabertooths and natural tree branches.

BTLowry 12-02-2020 06:38 AM

Pulled my last trap last night.

Headed to hunt with dad next week, don't think wife is going to run traps :D

My goal is to catch 5 off of my place this winter, got 2 so I am off to a good start

wytex 12-02-2020 09:07 AM

Good luck on the hunt and with your trapping rest of the season !

BTLowry 12-02-2020 07:35 PM


Originally Posted by wytex (Post 15293876)
Good luck on the hunt and with your trapping rest of the season !

Appreciate it

Hunt will be a success because I am hanging out with dad and his hunting buddy for the week ;)b

Rained enough here in last 24 hours that I am glad I pulled trap yesterday

wytex 12-02-2020 10:29 PM

Looks like we have a nice spell without snow, we'll be getting our bobcats sets out with the coyotes. Cold should have them getting pretty furred up.

McClain 12-04-2020 03:29 PM

good luck!

Dale Moser 12-04-2020 04:09 PM


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PYBUCK 12-04-2020 04:42 PM

I love fur trapping. Haven't done it in several years. Used to trap about 100,000 acres. My partner and I ran about 100 #2 coil spring & 200 snares every day. Long hours but we enjoyed it, plus it was very profitable. Trapped 7-10 day then moved the line and do it again

wytex 12-07-2020 08:32 AM

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Put out about 20 sets, caught 1 bobcat yesterday in a Bridger #3. Dirt hole set with pigeon wing for attractant and John Graham Tomcat lure.
Nice female with good spots and back color, she should bring a decent price.
We'll spring them tomorrow and maybe re set Friday , depending on snow coming.

ArcheryAddict 12-08-2020 02:55 PM


wanting to learn.

wytex 12-08-2020 03:17 PM

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Had a pretty little female song dog in a trail set this morning. Seems to have some good guard hairs still, no snow on the ground.
Spouse is fleshing right now and I'll get them out on boards asap. Buyer is coming to town early Jan. Haven't decided if we'll send to auction (FHA)or just sell to the buyer .
Reset the trap so we'll see what happens.

Petska Fur may have routes down you all's way , you can call the guys listed or text and they will get back to you :https://petskafur.net/routes/north-dakota-copy-copy/

Trapper76 12-08-2020 04:55 PM

Wytex y’all are knocking them down. That’s some beautiful north country fur!

wytex 12-10-2020 12:29 PM

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4 misses this morning !
Got the 2 coyotes and the bobcat boarded up. They should be dry in about a week or so, our relative humidity is about 10% or less.
We use Top Lot adjustable stretchers, can't beat them for the price and the one size fits both coyote and bobcat for us.
All 3 will get a borax cleaning after taking them off of the boards and a good brushing.

wytex 12-12-2020 05:37 PM

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Had an interesting morning running traps. Pulled them all due to snow till next week.
Had a great surprise in one, a nice prime badger. He'll go to the tannery. Beautiful fur on him.
2 very nice coyotes also.

BTLowry 12-12-2020 09:03 PM

Good work wytex

wytex 12-14-2020 06:07 PM

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2 more coyotes boarded to dry and another going on tonight. Badger will get fleshed and stretched later in the week.
Bobcat stretched to just over 36" dried. Coyote turned out pretty nice too. If the price isn't right on the bobcat we'll keep it and tan it. Coyotes should bring a decent payday but we'll see with the auction issues going on.
Nevada style put up really makes the bobcats look nice.

Hoping to reset this weekend for a few days before we head down to Texas to visit family. After Christmas we'll set again if snow allows it, otherwise we'll be calling coyotes.

Brute Killer 12-16-2020 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by Brute Killer (Post 15268880)
I'm ready to get started.

Apparently not. I've done jack squat. ;)

oneeye 12-18-2020 08:11 AM

Badgers are the coolest! Those claws are so impressive.

McClain 12-18-2020 07:00 PM

Wytex, I’m not familiar with the term Nevada style. I see you don’t leave as much leg as used to be the norm, does that have to do with the term?

Very nice pelts by the way!

wytex 12-19-2020 09:54 AM

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Nevada style is simply folding the legs up to show the spots on the inside of them. We cut the bobcat legs low above the foot to have more legs to fold up and show off. Coyotes get cut off short and folded in for drying, buyers don't care about coyote legs or belly fur.
Spouse left the front claws on the badger, we're getting him tanned for ourselves, his under fur is not white enough to bring a good price but it is very thick.

The area between the orange lines are the front legs. The back legs are stretched together to show more spots as well. Probably 5 inches of back legs or so stretched down to look like belly fur.

McClain 12-19-2020 01:16 PM

I see now. That makes sense. Very nice, thanks!

wytex 12-19-2020 01:32 PM

Got 4 coyotes and the bobcat ready for sale to the buyer and realized we left one song dog hanging at the ranch to dry.
I'll post up a pic of all when we get it home tomorrow.

Coyotes are bringing $75 for nice prime with guard hairs, bobcats are down - about $400 is top dollar this year. We'll be happy with middle of the road prices.

BTLowry 12-19-2020 08:38 PM

I would take $50 for one of these Texas coyotes and be happy as a pig in mud :D
I doubt they would bring $20

Rain stopped early enough that I was able to deploy some traps. 2 DPs by the deer feeder and 4 coyote sets (3 flat sets and one dirt hole). Really hoping I get a double right behind the house where dirt hole and flat set are about 20' apart. Have a pair coming through randomly and not too happy they are within 100yds of back porch and even closer to chicken pen

Might set 2 more coyote traps tomorrow afternoon.

Short work week so I am going to leave traps out and run them in the evenings after I get home or until they get rained out I guess

Goal is 5 coyotes, didn't want to set the bar too high since I am still learning as I go.

I have a game cam pic with 4 coyotes in it so I figure there are at least 4 here :D

wytex 12-19-2020 09:09 PM

Good luck, hope you catch all 4, or your goal !
We'll reset after Christmas but concentrate on bobcats probably, coyotes will be pretty rubbed by then I think with the snow we've had lately. We'll still try to take some but fur isn't worth near as much into Jan. for coyotes.

Our bobcat trapping has been dismal this year but their price is way down too.

BTLowry 12-19-2020 09:59 PM

I will show my ignorance, I thought they "rubbed" when it started warming up

I already caught 2 so I am halfway to my goal, everything above 5 will be a treat

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