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Old 02-10-2021, 01:57 PM   #151
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Yes heís definitely got the spots on him.
Thereís another cat out there that has spots like a cheetah all over its body, thatís my target cat for this year.
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Old 02-10-2021, 01:59 PM   #152
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I just got my first traps. I got a package from Minnesota Trap with Bridger #2 dogless offsets. I wanted MB 550ís but they are hard to find now. Iíve been reading on Trapperman and watching YouTube videos. Iím ready to graduate from snares to real traps!

I canít wait to set some dirt hole and flat traps!! Iíve got an endless supply of bones, deer/javelina/pig parts for lures and bait.

What do yíall think a mountain lion would do to a #2 with a swiveled earth anchor?
I bought (6) Bridger #2 dogless offsets a couple years ago. They work great on coyote and bobcats in S. Texas. Doubt it will hold a lion though. I normally just set my out on weekend trips. Set on Friday and pull on Sunday. I've been pretty successful setting them around water troughs since it has been so dry. A good dirt hole with some bait and lure works great. Good luck. It is addicting once you start catching them.
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Old 02-10-2021, 02:07 PM   #153
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Big kitty! And beautiful!

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Old 02-11-2021, 01:02 PM   #154
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Anybody checking the traps in this iced up weather?
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Old 02-11-2021, 02:30 PM   #155
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I caught 6 coons last weekend!
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:10 AM   #156
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We were planning to go set a few for this last weekend, weather moved in sooner than expected so we're done for the season it looks like.
We'll probably hunt a few coyotes still.
This is the highway we take to the property, not a good sign for trapping.
Did get our coyote hides dried for the buyer if he can get into town tomorrow.
We're going up today to check on things but no traps getting set.
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:20 AM   #157
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Wytex that may be what it looks like in East Texas Monday or Tuesday

Was 25 here this morning which for us is about as low as normal and by Monday or Tuesday it is supposed to be single digits for lows
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:48 AM   #158
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We were expecting the snow tonight. Woke up to 3 degrees this morning, the cold finally came over the mountain to us. High today of 16 dropping all weekend after that.

Hope you all don't get too much, a little is fun but several inches could cause big problems down there.
Stay safe folks !

By the way, the high fence is a WG&F research facility, they have some nice bulls on that pen.
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Old 02-12-2021, 03:52 PM   #159
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I’ve been curious, what dirt do y’all use?
If unable to use the same dirt you dug out to set your trap in, then what dirt would you use instead?

My soil is all clay. So it’s terrible to use, and it’s also not the best to put anchors into as well.

I’ve had anchors in at 16 inch and 24 inches deep, and not in very good. So i use 2 anchors a trap instead of one.
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Old 02-13-2021, 10:28 AM   #160
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Try to find you some dry dirt same color as your trapping ground, more sand in it maybe.
We also make and use wax dirt due to our cold temps all winter.
Spouse will gather a bucket full of dry dirt from the creek bank and keep it dry and make some wax dirt also for bedding when we know it will snow and then be sunny.
You need the flake wax to make wax dirt.
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Old 02-14-2021, 06:10 PM   #161
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Apparently not. Can't seem to get motivated.
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Old 02-14-2021, 06:36 PM   #162
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Iíve been curious, what dirt do yíall use?
If unable to use the same dirt you dug out to set your trap in, then what dirt would you use instead?

My soil is all clay. So itís terrible to use, and itís also not the best to put anchors into as well.

Iíve had anchors in at 16 inch and 24 inches deep, and not in very good. So i use 2 anchors a trap instead of one.

I use as much of the dirt from the hole as possible for bedding the trap, but I fill in around the inner portion and pan with PEAT i bought from the hardware store. Then I sift a small amount of local dirt over that to blend it so it doesn't appear different.
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Old 02-17-2021, 11:28 AM   #163
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Thanks for the info about the dirt.

I sure am glad to have removed the traps before this ice storm hit. Will reset them back once it all settles down some.
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Old 03-09-2021, 02:02 PM   #164
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Old 03-10-2021, 06:53 AM   #165
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Good job hogmess
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:53 PM   #166
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28 coyotes and one cat from last Wednesday to today on the snare line. Getting a little more serious next week been low on snare parts and building snares. Steel going in the ground next week as well once this rain moves out this weekend (fingers crossed my wheat/triticale needs it).








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Old 03-12-2021, 06:35 AM   #167
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I would say you are knocking a dent in the population txwhitetail
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:54 PM   #168
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I would say you are knocking a dent in the population txwhitetail

Goal is 200 range on this ranch. Good start on it.


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Old 03-12-2021, 03:05 PM   #169
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Now that’s impressive! Still struggling on getting them, guess just need to find the right bait for the area.
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:50 PM   #170
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Now thatís impressive! Still struggling on getting them, guess just need to find the right bait for the area.

What area are you in?


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Old 03-13-2021, 02:50 PM   #171
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Pretty slow for us today. Not much fresh coyote sign this morning. Very windy out here in west Texas and they arenít liking it. Hopefully this system this weekend gets them moving.




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Old 03-14-2021, 08:50 PM   #172
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Raccoons moved in that high wind last night.


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Old 03-15-2021, 10:43 AM   #173
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Old 03-15-2021, 06:14 PM   #174
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Nice one. Running my line tomorrow had to work sheep today.


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Old 03-16-2021, 04:33 PM   #175
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If I am real still he wonít see me!




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Old 03-16-2021, 04:58 PM   #176
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Iím in hill county, north of Waco, TX.
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Old 03-16-2021, 07:32 PM   #177
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Iím in hill county, north of Waco, TX.

I may not be much help there Iím out west but starting out something like coyote claymore would work to keep it easy. I still use it a lot.


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Old 03-16-2021, 07:36 PM   #178
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Decent haul today. 7 coyotes and 3 cats.




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Old 03-21-2021, 02:22 PM   #179
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Still stacking the coyotes. MB 550s are a bada** trap right out of the box.




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Old 03-21-2021, 04:40 PM   #180
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Good grief you're crushing them. Where are you located and what kind of ranch are you trapping? acreage etc
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Old 03-21-2021, 08:10 PM   #181
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Good grief you're crushing them. Where are you located and what kind of ranch are you trapping? acreage etc

West Texas Irion Co. Very large ranch. Caught 59 in little over two weeks.


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Old 03-21-2021, 10:09 PM   #182
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Just started learning to snare on dig unders on a high fence. Not much info out there on how to on a high fence. Have about 60 snares out have caught a few but miss way more. Care to share your snare set or any tips or tricks.
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Old 03-21-2021, 10:13 PM   #183
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Just started learning to snare on dig unders on a high fence. Not much info out there on how to on a high fence. Have about 60 snares out have caught a few but miss way more. Care to share your snare set or any tips or tricks.
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Old 03-22-2021, 11:04 AM   #184
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Thank you very much. Wanting to put a dent in them before fawning starts.
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Old 03-22-2021, 01:16 PM   #185
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Here is an article on a short fence snare that has been very successful for me and several animal control professionals on dig unders. They work best on net wire.
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Thank you very much. Wanting to put a dent in them before fawning starts.

Here is a typical setup for me. Sorry for the dark pics it was cloudy today and I didnít notice how dark it would look. I cut my snare cable 33-34Ē for these fence snares making them
In the ballpark of 32Ē usable cable and use micro or mini pro locks on 5/64 cable.

I use 24 or 26 ga wire for snare support in a ďJĒ shape fashion inside the loop and just wrap it just outside the lock. Loweís has that support wire they call it floral decoration wire or something like that for floral arrangements.

Good swivels are a must and keep your snares as short as possible. Also make sure and ďloadĒ your snares or bend that cable back against your lock to make a better loop.

I prefer to make the fastest snare possible even if it is a bit ďrelaxingĒ versus an all out ďkillerĒ type snare. You will catch a lot more coyotes and cats that way.

Iíll get some better pics if itís sunny tomorrow. I adjusted this snare a little more center before I left but you get the idea.




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Old 03-22-2021, 06:50 PM   #187
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11 coyotes today. 2 day check. 7 in snares and 4 in MB 550s.




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Old 03-24-2021, 09:43 PM   #188
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How many mb550s are you running? What would you call a good normal catch rate?

Do you ever change up your bait or set?
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Old 03-25-2021, 06:33 AM   #189
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How many mb550s are you running? What would you call a good normal catch rate?

Do you ever change up your bait or set?

Not sure what a ďgoodĒ catch rate would be it really varies night to night. Iíll have to look in my book but I think there are 9 or 10 MBs on that ranch and around 75 snares (ballpark). A lot more MBs will be going in the ground over the next week now that we have some control over the exterior fence.

I alternate baits/lures regularly depending on time of year and just having a change up.

I use about 3 different baits and around 5 different lures.


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Old 03-25-2021, 11:44 AM   #190
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At this rate, you'll take care of the coyote population for all of us in Texas. Thank you for that.
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Old 03-25-2021, 12:22 PM   #191
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Thanks. I ask because I have 10 MBs out on 100 acres. Ive caught only two coyotes and Im still getting pics of them and seeing fresh sign. I know my locations are good at funnels and intersections. They arent being dug up or tripped. It seems to me the coyotes just arent paying them any attention. Ive been using jarred beaver meat and coyote urine for bait. One of my two catches was actually on a dead robin from the freeze. Any recommendations for bait and lure?
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Thanks. I ask because I have 10 MBs out on 100 acres. Ive caught only two coyotes and Im still getting pics of them and seeing fresh sign. I know my locations are good at funnels and intersections. They arent being dug up or tripped. It seems to me the coyotes just arent paying them any attention. Ive been using jarred beaver meat and coyote urine for bait. One of my two catches was actually on a dead robin from the freeze. Any recommendations for bait and lure?

Maybe try Hiawatha valley on the bait something more mouse/rodent style. On lure for long range cavens gusto or get a gland lure of your brand choice.


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Old 03-26-2021, 07:39 PM   #193
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7 today. 4 in snares and 3 in MBs.




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Old 03-26-2021, 10:41 PM   #194
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Maybe try Hiawatha valley on the bait something more mouse/rodent style. On lure for long range cavens gusto or get a gland lure of your brand choice.
Thanks. I ordered some Cavens stuff.

Made my first release today. Duke 650 (looks like a bigger MB550 but quality is not the same). The trap did do a good job of not injuring the leg though.




Lesson learned. Dont give them a nearby place to hide.

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Old 03-27-2021, 07:48 AM   #195
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Couple of DVDs and Solving Coyote Problems book available for those getting started

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=804857

toledo I thought at first that cat got in the cab
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Old 03-27-2021, 09:40 AM   #196
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Thanks. I ordered some Cavens stuff.

Made my first release today. Duke 650 (looks like a bigger MB550 but quality is not the same). The trap did do a good job of not injuring the leg though.




Lesson learned. Dont give them a nearby place to hide.


Ha. Good job. Glad he didnít load up!


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Old 04-03-2021, 05:02 PM   #197
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I got 2 coons this past week using 3 sets of Duke “dog proof” traps. Used cat food as the bait. Glad I bought the cheater because the springs on those suckers are tight!
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Old 04-04-2021, 07:29 AM   #198
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Got a feeder molester myself night before last

#17 off of same feeder since last Thanksgiving
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Old 04-12-2021, 11:25 AM   #199
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Spring beaver season here in MN.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:48 PM   #200
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Man your murdering those things. Great job
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