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#5476036 - 12/14/14 02:27 PM Coon Problems?
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Registered: 11/21/14
Posts: 315
Loc: Arlington Tx
The coons at our place are relentless at destroying our feeders. They pull out the solar panel wires, hang off the varmint basket, break the varmint basket, empty out the feeders and make my game camera take 2000 pictures a week watching these critters eat all night every night. I came across this product and thought I would try it. I have removed the varmint basket and the coons no longer visit my feeder. How do you control your coons?
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#5476128 - 12/14/14 03:13 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
JB10 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 92
Varmint cage you can buy or make one yourself.

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#5476129 - 12/14/14 03:13 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 2399
Loc: TX Panhandle
I tried that last year and it gave them more traction. Didn't work.
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#5476214 - 12/14/14 03:43 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 11/21/14
Posts: 315
Loc: Arlington Tx
I used full length strips on top and bottom of the leg. All my coons are gone. When i first installed them in september I went back a week later and found some blood and hair on 1 of the poles. Since then I am coon free. No more varmint guard and my feeder motor really spreads the corn now.


Edited by allterrain (12/14/14 03:45 PM)
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#5476216 - 12/14/14 03:45 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1006
Loc: Denton or Knox County
I don't use varmint cages. Most of the feeder motor/timers I use are all self contained with nothing hanging out they can destroy. I also use the eliminator spin plates on my 12 volt feeder motors. At the first sign of a corn bandit, I put carpet tack strips of the feeder legs that use the same theory as what you put on yours. Some of them can still maneuver up them though. I also put out the Dukes dog proof traps at first sign. Someone on here suggested mini marshmallows as bait and it has worked great. I usually get the thief in a day or two of setting up the Dukes. Lead poisoning then finishes them off.


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#5476268 - 12/14/14 04:15 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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We built our own varmint cages, same diameter at the barrel using 1x2 welded fence wire. With the large openings we so no difference in the way the corn is slung. You can get the wire and the clips at any good feed store.
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#5476290 - 12/14/14 04:22 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: dogcatcher]
MoTex Offline
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Registered: 09/11/12
Posts: 292
Loc: Allen Texas

PVC pipe keeps them off the feeders

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#5476507 - 12/14/14 05:53 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 09/15/09
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Loc: Lovejoy Texas
Z traps..

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#5476663 - 12/14/14 06:58 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
R-PRO Analog Feeder Kit by American Hunter has kit that has new & improved Varmint Guard that runs off the batteries. haven't had ta use it yet, feeders hang from cable strung between two trees. they get what's on the ground though. it set at lowest spin time. times get tough may haveta grill a coon. they twards like chicken. have had barbequed coon. flag
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#5476686 - 12/14/14 07:04 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 4152
Loc: Helotes, Hext
Eliminator plates up
We went to crank-ups, the coon cannot get to the feeder.
The biggest thing, is: KILL THEM ALL
DP foot traps and cage traps everywhere. You have got to get rid of as many of them as you can.
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#5476704 - 12/14/14 07:10 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 06/12/09
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Loc: Republic of Texas
I have a varmint cage on our feeder but there is one dang fox squirrel that gets in there and spins the feed out by "hand" I only bowhunt this area but every time I draw back on him he runs off!! lol I'm determined to shoot him before the season runs out though! Last time I was out there though there was a small hawk that came and staked out the feeder not far from "my" tree. This poor hawk swooped at the squirrel 4 times and missed! By the 4th time the tree rat just sat under the feeder and ducked out of the way taunting the hawk. it was pretty amazing to watch!
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#5476720 - 12/14/14 07:15 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: MoTex]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
Originally Posted By: MoTex

PVC pipe keeps them off the feeders


food food food grill en time. flag
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#5476744 - 12/14/14 07:23 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: 1FowlHntR]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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Originally Posted By: 1FowlHntR
I have a varmint cage on our feeder but there is one dang fox squirrel that gets in there and spins the feed out by "hand" I only bowhunt this area but every time I draw back on him he runs off!! lol I'm determined to shoot him before the season runs out though! Last time I was out there though there was a small hawk that came and staked out the feeder not far from "my" tree. This poor hawk swooped at the squirrel 4 times and missed! By the 4th time the tree rat just sat under the feeder and ducked out of the way taunting the hawk. it was pretty amazing to watch!

rock_on last lease was on had same thing except hawk part. feeder go off, squirrels gather, then one climbed the leg & spun spinner, rofl ran down eat some corn, backup spin spinner back down. very entertaining. third trip scratch needed put atop ta this. slung an arrow at it. flag
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#5476864 - 12/14/14 07:52 PM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
cos Offline
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Registered: 05/09/10
Posts: 665
Loc: east texas
The PVC pipe works and is the cheapest and simpliest solution I have found. Dang coons cost me a nice Ontime Feeder last year. Totally destroyed it. Now I use the pvc pipes.

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#5478100 - 12/15/14 08:51 AM Re: Coon Problems? [Re: allterrain]
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Loc: Fort Worth - Hunt in Eastland ...
I live trap and then depose of the coons. Been coon free for 5 months, now two more have shown up. I will get them after deer season.
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