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#5976677 - 10/14/15 07:18 AM Dog proof coon traps
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7636
Loc: DFW

I've got a pretty bad problem with coons so I've bought 8 traps and am going to set them out Friday. Advice please on setting them out. I'm going to use sardines as bait but how far apart should I set them? Should I surround my feeder pen? I've thought of using one rebar to stake two traps down, one on each side, would this be too close?

Thanks for all your help!


Edited by Deerhunter61 (10/14/15 07:18 AM)

#5976683 - 10/14/15 07:23 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
Novemberyet Offline
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Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 6573
Loc: Eastland Co.
Never underestimate the power of a coon. I used skittles and peanut butter and worked fine. I've heard sardines work well too. Be sure and check your traps often/daily. You sure don't want dead animals surrounding your feeder pen.

#5976686 - 10/14/15 07:26 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5695
Loc: texas
I would put at least 4 right around your feeder.
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#5976694 - 10/14/15 07:32 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
daniel1381 Offline
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I use corn in mine .. Sardines will attrack ants.. Have used marshmellows as well. I tried sardines and didnt wanna mess witht the smell or ants. I also took mine when they where new and spray painted em bright white and that helps from them rusting and easier to see.

I mad cut proof cables for mine that wrap around trees and secure em with locks. Also bent a nail over em to keep the coon from climbing
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#5976724 - 10/14/15 07:46 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
Theringworm Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 517
Loc: Midland, TX
I have used sardines, marshmallows, & regular ole deer corn. They all worked equally the same, but as mentioned above, the corn won't attract ants which is a plus for me.

I have placed them right under the feeder attaching them to the legs and then I have placed them away from the feeder along my hog panels. Directly under the feeders is a lot more effective.

Great idea Daniel1381, I should have painted mine as well because they do rust very quickly. They are still functional but.....

Edited by Theringworm (10/14/15 07:47 AM)

#5976837 - 10/14/15 08:41 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Make sure you put them far enough apart that you do not catch one coon in two traps. I have had this happen many times on feeder legs to close together. I would put corn or milo in them and then a few drops of sardines. Mini-marshmallows work good also. If you have fireants bait them later in the afternoon to early evening. I spray mine with PAM or a similar cooking spray to keep them from rusting so bad and as a lubricant.

#5976851 - 10/14/15 08:49 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
kry226 Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5395
Loc: Germany
Tie them down well. I cable them to my feeder legs and have only used corn so far with great success.

#5977083 - 10/14/15 10:44 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
SniperRAB Offline
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Good Luck and post pics of the results up

#5977144 - 10/14/15 11:21 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
TruTexican Offline
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Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 268
Loc: Grayson Co Texas
Canned cat food. Works like a champ. I've trapped dozens of coons (and skunks) over the years. I do not put them real close to the feeder though. I usually use the t-posts of my feeder pen to wire them to. However, if I didn't have t-posts I would think rebar would be be just as good. I've never used more than 4 traps close to a feeder sight. I have had something in all 4 the next morning a couple times. Kinda exciting.

#5977145 - 10/14/15 11:22 AM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
TruTexican Offline
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Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 268
Loc: Grayson Co Texas
By the way, I just buy the cheap small cans and pull the lid off and place the whole can in the trap.

#5977499 - 10/14/15 03:18 PM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
Jimbo1 Offline
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Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 1757
Loc: Grand Prairie/ Moran, TX
Tie them to the feeder legs and you're GTG. Lease partner said to try chicken liver, I can testify it works well too. Good idea on painting prior to putting out, too late for mine though! Cat food may just be the next thing I try.

#5977574 - 10/14/15 04:07 PM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
djs303 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 334
Loc: Jackson County
Not sure about using it with dog proof traps, but canned cat food and sardines can sometimes catch non target animals like skunks in regular jaw type traps, which aren't too fun to remove from the trap. I usually go with soured corn for this reason and set aways from the deer feeders.

#5977613 - 10/14/15 04:32 PM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
oldoak2000 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 2547
Loc: North Texas
just use corn; if it's good enough to attract them to feeder, it will work in dp trap.
ants will eat up sardines, marshmallows, etc.

also, as mentioned, don't put next to each other; caught animal with thrash & trash at everything within reach

#5977617 - 10/14/15 04:33 PM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: djs303]
rclee Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/03/13
Posts: 22
Mini-marshmallows will also catch skunks in dog-proof traps. Next one will be left to the buzzards/fire ants or whatever to get the trap back.

#5977631 - 10/14/15 04:42 PM Re: Dog proof coon traps [Re: Deerhunter61]
Big_Ag Offline
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Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1234
Loc: Denton or Knox County
Deerhunter61 - I feel your pain. We acquired a new property this year and are overrun with the bastages. It is not uncommon to see 6 - 12 on and under a feeder at night on the trail cam photos. I have now trapped over 40 since August. I am on them every time I make it out there. I use mini-marshmallows exclusively. No mess and they actually smell pleasant. I have not had any issues with ants and even so, I bet coons would just eat the ants as an added bonus. Tie them to the feeder legs. The feeder is what is attracting them. The marshmallows are different from the corn they are eating, so I think the marshmallows encourage them to reach in the trap more than corn would since they can just pick up corn off the ground from the feeder. As mentioned several times, secure them really well. I make sure I do and just last week, still lost another trap. I have no idea how. Bigfoot must have come by and yanked the trapped coon off for a snack. That is my only plausible explanation. Good luck and happy trapping.

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