I know they are smart but I hope they aren't that smart. I'll set a game Camera up to video the trap this weekend. Would be crazy if they actually do that.
I'm not sure of the brand. They aren't dukes though. They were on eBay. $9 each shipped.
Thanks for the ideas. I like the idea of having a steel circle that way it just spins. I don't want to use the feeder legs during deer season but that will work outside of deer season and hopefully I can do damage to them by next deer season.
I'll build circles out of metal rods and build them where the circle is attached to the chain on the traps by going through it. Then I'll weld the circle to form. Then slip them under and on the feeder legs.
Three traps have been just triggered and there was only slight dirt messed around. 5 of them have craters where they were trapped but there was no coon when I got there.
Hopefully they keep tripping them and don't get too smart.
I think they are more persistent than smart.
Out of well over 400 coons in the last few years, we have caught about a dozen three legged ones. Some that pulled their leg or foot off in the trap, and a few that managed to pull the trap loose and drag it off. We had a helper that thought "double tying" the trap to the feeder leg was overkill. I shot one of them as it was running across the field with my trap on it's foot, a funny sight to see. We joke every time that we find a coon leg in a trap that we we are going to catch a three legged coon the next night, we are 100%. We have even caught a three legged coon and found the other leg in the trap on the other feeder leg, he just moved on the next trap in the same night. I have heard many even say that they have had the traps too close together and caught a coon by two feet, my feeder legs are too far apart to do that. I did catch a bird by the head that reached in to get corn, the trap worked just like a mouse trap in that case.
What are you using for bait? I always wondered if using something like slimy sardines that were packed in oil would act as a lubricant, allowing the foot to pull free easier.
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