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#5876311 - 08/12/15 10:47 PM Raccoons??
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Registered: 10/18/07
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I see a lot of guys getting worked up over raccoons. My dad can't stand it that raccoons are eating the corn. He plans out these elaborate schemes to try and exterminate the corn thieves. We have never once had a coon ruin a feeder.

What is the obsession with getting rid of raccoons? If I had a big buck coming to feeder I sure as heck wouldn't be staking it out at night running him off to kill some darn raccoons. If you want big, old, smart bucks to stick around leave the place alone.

I only get within 100 yards of my feeder when it's time to fill it up. It only gets filled in the middle of the day or right after getting out of the stand.




Same feeder. Buddy took this monster with his bow.




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#5876325 - 08/12/15 10:58 PM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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great bucks!!
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#5876402 - 08/13/15 04:52 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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I agree, great bucks.

But to be sure, coons do damage some feeders, and in a lot of places they consume a lot of corn.

I'll also admit that the best time to thin the coons out is during the off-season, but right after the deer season in particular. Most importantly to me, coons tear up a lot of turkey and quail nests and eat a lot of eggs. On my place, varmints like that (possums, skunks, porkys, badgers, bobcats, yotes, etc.) better watch their six. rifle
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#5876502 - 08/13/15 07:08 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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I have a Duke Trap tied at the water trough, to the leg of a protein feeder and corn feeder year round. I catch coons all the time. I have the same bucks in my feed pens and at water. My scent is around my feeders all the time from checking feeders, to filling feeders, to killing coons in traps to putting out trail cameras. I want any deer that comes around to be familiar with my scent.
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#5876508 - 08/13/15 07:12 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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I've heard tell of a magic potion that makes coons disappear, I believe it was Golden Malrin and just about any soda.

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#5876511 - 08/13/15 07:12 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: Txhunter65]
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Originally Posted By: Txhunter65
I've heard tell of a magic potion that makes coons disappear, I believe it was Golden Malrin and just about any soda.

That would be illegal to use.....just saying
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#5876520 - 08/13/15 07:21 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I have a Duke Trap tied at the water trough, to the leg of a protein feeder and corn feeder year round. I catch coons all the time. I have the same bucks in my feed pens and at water. My scent is around my feeders all the time from checking feeders, to filling feeders, to killing coons in traps to putting out trail cameras. I want any deer that comes around to be familiar with my scent.


You must have the scent of a doe in rut by the looks of the bucks in your pictures roflmao
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#5876524 - 08/13/15 07:25 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I have a Duke Trap tied at the water trough, to the leg of a protein feeder and corn feeder year round. I catch coons all the time. I have the same bucks in my feed pens and at water. My scent is around my feeders all the time from checking feeders, to filling feeders, to killing coons in traps to putting out trail cameras. I want any deer that comes around to be familiar with my scent.


Funny you mention that. I use Z-Traps (just like Dukes but with a 2-way trigger) and I caught a B&C coon one morning at one of my feeders. .22 to the nugget and done. Then I walk on to the other stand I was hunting that morning about another 500 yards away. Trail cam pics show that not five minutes after I left that feeder a very nice 8-point that I had been watching came up and camped out under the feeder.

In fact, my buddy in Kansas bumps deer off his feeders all the time when his filling them. He watches them bounce 50 or 60 yards away and he fills the feeder. Then as he drives off, he watches them make their way back to the feeder.
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#5876526 - 08/13/15 07:30 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: stxranchman]
BradyBuck Offline
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Loc: Abilene, TX
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I have a Duke Trap tied at the water trough, to the leg of a protein feeder and corn feeder year round. I catch coons all the time. I have the same bucks in my feed pens and at water. My scent is around my feeders all the time from checking feeders, to filling feeders, to killing coons in traps to putting out trail cameras. I want any deer that comes around to be familiar with my scent.


Never really thought about that. I guess it works for you though. I'm afraid were I was hunting though (small 100 acres) it would drive them out. I think each area probably has it's own set of rules or tactics that work best.

I used to trap varmints from January-March. You could really see the difference in the quail population. I took 20-30 skunks off a little 100 acres in the hill country one spring. We went from never seeing quail to having a couple dozen butter balls under the feeders.


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#5876589 - 08/13/15 08:13 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Deer can get accustomed to almost anything being part of their environment, traps and humans included. If there is corn there, they don't care if a big barrel is hanging over their head that is held up by 3 (or 4) legs, and even anchored with t-post, with a camera, and a fence around it. A DP trap ain't hurting a thing. I watch deer at the feeder with with a coon thrashing around on the end of a trap all of the time.
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#5876736 - 08/13/15 09:28 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I have a Duke Trap tied at the water trough, to the leg of a protein feeder and corn feeder year round. I catch coons all the time. I have the same bucks in my feed pens and at water. My scent is around my feeders all the time from checking feeders, to filling feeders, to killing coons in traps to putting out trail cameras. I want any deer that comes around to be familiar with my scent.


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#5876888 - 08/13/15 10:46 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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We don't hunt feeders so coons aren't a problem, but seeing some of the pictures on here I fully understand why they get whacked. I'd be seething if a family of 4-5 came rolling in after my feeder went off and cleaned up a buck or two worth of corn every day.
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#5876946 - 08/13/15 11:20 AM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: BradyBuck]
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We would hunt the feeders during September on a lease in Llano County. Good practice to take a coon with a 22 or 22 Mag from 100 yards. Most of the guys wouldn't sit their stands, just find a spot they could see and plunk 'em.
The last couple of years the hides got to be worth around $5-10 so we'd pop them after the season in January and drop them off at the fur buyer.
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#5877104 - 08/13/15 01:26 PM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Txhunter65
I've heard tell of a magic potion that makes coons disappear, I believe it was Golden Malrin and just about any soda.

That would be illegal to use.....just saying



Yea may wanna be a little Gentle rollin that info out there
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#5877107 - 08/13/15 01:29 PM Re: Raccoons?? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I have a Duke Trap tied at the water trough, to the leg of a protein feeder and corn feeder year round. I catch coons all the time. I have the same bucks in my feed pens and at water. My scent is around my feeders all the time from checking feeders, to filling feeders, to killing coons in traps to putting out trail cameras. I want any deer that comes around to be familiar with my scent.



We are on a working Ranch so our Animals are accustom to Traffic and Activity, Any creature that eats my Corn and Protein and destroys my Feeders, Solar Panels and etc...I will Thin and with an Aggressive plan of attack...IT PAINS me to say this bang PAINS ME bang

But I should have listened to STX years ago on the Eliminator Plates and Dukes ( his head is swelling as we type rofl)

Good Looking Bucks and Congrats and good luck this season...
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