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Old 01-25-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Best bait for dog proof coon traps....

What works best for you? I seem to be doing slightly better with marshmallows than cat food, but it's a small sample size. One thing that I have learned is that ants love marshmallows.
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:22 PM   #2
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We use them in our feed pens so it's usually corn or protein pellets that get stuffed in them. We will set several of them in one feed pen and it's not uncommon to have one in every trap. I love those traps they work great.


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Old 01-25-2017, 11:23 PM   #3
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:24 PM   #4
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:26 PM   #5
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Corn and protein work the best. Marshmallows are good but get messy. Sardines can catch non-target animals.
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:30 PM   #6
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1 can of tuna and mix with chocolate syrup. Seriously it works, they love it. I caught 4 in 4 nights with one trap.
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:30 PM   #7
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We are at 97 coons since 5/15 with marshmallows and we don't trap during season......maybe 2-3 of those have been with corn. We get doubles all the time. the thing I like about marshmallows is we catch them even with corn on the ground. We don't seem to have an ant issue when we bait at night and pick them back up.

Never had an issue with them being messy unless we were lazy and left them out all day. The cooler nights out west even in the summer keep the MM fine. We set them at night and check them in the am. if there is a MM left it comes out and gets tossed. Traps get rebaited at night ...

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Old 01-25-2017, 11:31 PM   #8
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:53 PM   #9
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I kill well over a hundred a year with a $25 bag of cat food


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Old 01-26-2017, 12:16 AM   #10
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Banana moon pies worked good last summer when I trapped.
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Old 01-26-2017, 12:29 AM   #11
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Sardines worked for me.
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:43 AM   #12
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Cat food has always worked for me.
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:51 AM   #13
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Default Best bait for dog proof coon traps....

Dry dog food. Clean and simple


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Old 01-26-2017, 07:54 AM   #14
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I catch skunks every time I use cat food
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:21 AM   #15
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I am using dry cat food with a fish oil trailing scent around tanks. I don't trap at our feeder. The main reason I am using the dry cat food is because when we lived in Franklin, we had a little cat show up at our house that we started feeding. He did not stay long so I had a bag of cat food to use up.
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:30 AM   #16
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Marshmallows and yes the ants love them
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:32 AM   #17
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:33 AM   #18
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:35 AM   #19
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dog food works well for us
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:45 AM   #20
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I use sardines... I have no problem eradicating skunks as well.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:25 AM   #21
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I catch skunks every time I use cat food
Heard the same about sardines....I shy away from both. No interest in possibly dealing with a stinkin polecat.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:29 AM   #22
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I use dry cat food. Even caught as big feral tom cat once!
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:29 AM   #23
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Don't mean to jack the thread but I thought this would be better than starting a whole other one.

How do you guys set the traps? is there a tool to use?

Thanks and sorry.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:30 AM   #24
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:38 AM   #25
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Don't mean to jack the thread but I thought this would be better than starting a whole other one.

How do you guys set the traps? is there a tool to use?

Thanks and sorry.
Several ways....

1) with your hands if you are strong enough

2) with the Duke tool they sell (here in orange)

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3) With a 6" piece of 3/4" PVC (my favorite and seemingly the easiest.) We keep 2-3 pieces in our 5 gallon trap bucket for easy access.

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Old 01-26-2017, 09:42 AM   #26
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My dad was a coon hunter, trapper and fur dealer. His standard bait for coon was vanilla wafers. A coon just cannot pass them up.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:48 AM   #27
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Several ways....

1) with your hands if you are strong enough

2) with the Duke tool they sell (here in orange)

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3) With a 6" piece of 3/4" PVC (my favorite and seemingly the easiest.) We keep 2-3 pieces in our 5 gallon trap bucket for easy access.

How I prepare my dog proof coon traps before putting them out in the field. - YouTube

That PVC trick is genius
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:56 AM   #28
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I use strawberry or grape jelly out of the packets. Very clean and easy
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Old 01-26-2017, 10:35 AM   #29
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I've used marshmallows. Corn. And cat food. Moon pies and nilla wafers sound good to me!! Heck I might be hung in those traps in the morning!!


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Old 01-26-2017, 03:28 PM   #30
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marshmallows or cat-food here. Beware the push pull traps will definitely catch neighbors cats too... Never caught a cat with the pull only style.. Funny cat food and caught a cat.. Dang it..

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Old 01-26-2017, 04:15 PM   #31
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Banana moon pies worked good last summer when I trapped.
My go-to bait, but ants do love sweets. If we are having a cold spell, they work fine, but if it is warm and sunny, corn is the way to go. Don't like cat food due to too many possums and skunks getting caught.
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:34 PM   #32
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I use dry dog food. Works well.


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Old 01-26-2017, 08:24 PM   #33
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So if you do catch a cat, how do you release it without getting scratched or bit?
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:32 PM   #34
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So if you do catch a cat, how do you release it without getting scratched or bit?

They don't bite or scratch with a 22 to the noggin I'm betting..
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:33 PM   #35
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What works best for you? I seem to be doing slightly better with marshmallows than cat food, but it's a small sample size. One thing that I have learned is that ants love marshmallows.
Dry catfood.
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:45 PM   #36
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Dry catfood.
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:46 PM   #37
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Claw hammer
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:16 PM   #38
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Old 01-27-2017, 08:35 AM   #39
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I use dry cat food coated in fish oil. I bought a gallon of it for $25ish and it has lasted me 2 solid years of trapping. I rarely catch skunks and have caught 3 in 3 years.

2014- 37 coons and 25 possums
2015- 49 coons, 43 possums, 2 skunks
2016- 47 coons, 22 possums, 1 skunks
2017 so far- 9 coons, 6 possums
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Old 01-27-2017, 10:15 AM   #40
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That's three skunks too many for me
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Old 01-28-2017, 05:41 PM   #41
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If you have problems with ants just sprinkle some seven dust around the trap. Works for me.
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:00 AM   #42
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I threw a couple wet towels on the cat and the fight began.. I finally got it stuffed in a pillow case and took to the vet.. It had a sore paw but no long term damage.. Lucky for the cat I knew the neighbor's daughter would be all torn up if it was gone..

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Old 04-03-2017, 08:12 PM   #43
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Bump for Skinny for the PVC setting video
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:24 PM   #44
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That pvc is pretty smucken fart!
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