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Coon Problems #5210882 07/21/14 03:32 AM
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Coons are overrunning us at the lease. They are tearing up our feeders and making it difficult to keep the feeders running. Does anyone have any legal ideas on keeping the coons from destroying out feeders and wasting corn. We have cages on some feeders and it makes no difference, the coons hang on the cages until they find a way to spin the plate or chew up wires. Suggestions are more than welcome.


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Duke's dog proof coon traps. You will thank me later. I got 24 of them and use to have a huge coon problem! Note: Use to have!


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Originally Posted By: TRIJI....WHAT
Duke's dog proof coon traps. You will thank me later. I got 24 of them and use to have a huge coon problem! Note: Use to have!


I second that. I have a dozen and set them every time I stay overnight at our place. Getting close to 40 coons for the year, and I have only set them a handful of times.


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I use the Duke Dog Proof coon traps also and I use Eliminator Spinner plates. I run a TC to see if I have any coons move in and keep my traps ready to set at any time if I see any or any sign.



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The traps are great. These help too:


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we use Z Traps..35 coons down this year..fool proof

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Make up a batch of coon-aid!!!

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Originally Posted By: n-all
we use Z Traps..35 coons down this year..fool proof


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Duke's...worth every penny.

Re: Coon Problems [Re: BenBob] #5211211 07/21/14 02:11 PM
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You may just have a ton of coons. I had 3-4 showing up on a game cam. I caught 18 coons at that feeder in two months, and that was just setting them on weekends at the lease. So keep on trapping, and really never stop.
Yup on the DP traps. And use a few at each feeder. You cannot put too many, and tie them down good or they will run off with your DP traps and you will have three legged coons running around. I got three coons in one night, fun.
I also use the cage traps too. Set one under the feeder and it will get rebated every time the feeder goes off. This is also good for porcupines and squirrels.
We don't get fancy with crazy bates, they are coming to corn, use corn for bate, it is right there in the feeder.



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sardines and marshmallows work good in the winter months but with ants corn as a bait is probably best anyway for Summer/ Fall


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Eliminator spin plates. Best investment we have ever made. Google it.


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Yep. Get some dukes.

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Make up a batch of coon-aid!!!

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It's all out war on coons and requires a multi-pronged attack. Use the dog proof traps at each feeder. Haven't tried the PVC on the feeder legs but have had success with carpet tack strips wired to the front and back of each leg of the feeder. Finally, use the eliminator spinner plate. Do these things and your equipment and corn costs will be reduced.

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Originally Posted By: sqiggy
Make up a batch of coon-aid!!!
You do this, you eliminate the coons for good!!

Re: Coon Problems [Re: BenBob] #5213973 07/23/14 12:18 AM
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I had a trapper tell me once that a coon cost you $1 a day in feed.
After a year of war on coons I had eliminated somewhere close to 200 coons at our place.
After some quick math, $200 dollars a day X 365 days a year = $73,000.
I am still waiting for my check because feed isn't anywhere close to that.
I might give a coon a nickle ($.05) a day, that would be $3650 a year for 200 coons, still seems high but may be closer (still worth getting rid of them).
I am more concerned with the destruction they leave.


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I set out some dog proof trap this past weekend, after reading reviews on THF.
I bought 6 Dukes and 6 Ztraps. (ending up catching 10 coons in 1 night using marshmallows and sardines.
Both types of traps work great.

I have to give a bigger thumbs up to the Ztraps over Dukes for the following reason.
1. Ztraps are powder coated/painted unlike the metal on dukes (less rusting)
(I think you are able to get the Dukes painted but not on the sight I purchased mine)
2. Ztraps can be triggered with either a pull or push by the coon (Dukes is pull only)
3. Ztraps have a double swivel on the chain (Dukes has one)
4. Ztraps I found to be slightly less expensive for a little better product (IMHO)

Suggestions:
1. Get the $3 trap setting lever (will make it much easier to set the traps when new and stiff. and works on both models)
2. go to Lowes/Home Depot get 6' of 3/16 galvinized cable for each trap. Clamp a loop at each end and then use it for an easy way to anchor the trap to the base of a tree.
3. You won't go wrong with either trap brand

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The coon cage just pisses them off and then they tear up your spinner plate. The plastic pipe works good, they cant climb the pole. Never used a trap but I did have a cage/trap. Was catching coons almost everyday, then 1 every 2 or 3 days, then 1 a week, then 1 every 10 days or so. Caught 62 all together.

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Well hopefully I will have some photos to add to this thread in a few days....in one week I have had 1200 pictures on my game cam. At least 700 were of three coons......my favorite set of about 300 is of one raccoon sitting on the feeder box spinning the plate with his hand while a big boar hog eats underneath him. Every night. From 2100 to 0400.

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I will be setting four traps, which is all I have. One hog trap for the hogs, one dp coon trap, and two Hav-a-heart traps. One of the Have-a-heart traps has a sheet metal box which the trap slides into....to prevent the coons from sticking their hands in to steal the bait. The problem with the hog trap is that the coons would trip it and then escape out of the holes in the hog panel on the sides. If I catch two coons and a hog, I will be happy. Marshmellos and sardines to bait the coons?


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caught two at the home place this morning using Dukes and Marshmallows



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Originally Posted By: doogie
I set out some dog proof trap this past weekend, after reading reviews on THF.
I bought 6 Dukes and 6 Ztraps. (ending up catching 10 coons in 1 night using marshmallows and sardines.
Both types of traps work great.

I have to give a bigger thumbs up to the Ztraps over Dukes for the following reason.
1. Ztraps are powder coated/painted unlike the metal on dukes (less rusting)
(I think you are able to get the Dukes painted but not on the sight I purchased mine)
2. Ztraps can be triggered with either a pull or push by the coon (Dukes is pull only)
3. Ztraps have a double swivel on the chain (Dukes has one)
4. Ztraps I found to be slightly less expensive for a little better product (IMHO)

Suggestions:
1. Get the $3 trap setting lever (will make it much easier to set the traps when new and stiff. and works on both models)
2. go to Lowes/Home Depot get 6' of 3/16 galvinized cable for each trap. Clamp a loop at each end and then use it for an easy way to anchor the trap to the base of a tree.
3. You won't go wrong with either trap brand


Old snare cables work pretty good too.


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Have used Duke's for years but thinking about getting Freedom's DP traps next time, easier to set and better trigger.

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also remember to stop and buy a good fiberglass shovel handle some epoxy and 1 1/2" galvanized pipe 90, epoxy the 90 to the end of the shovel handle to make you club to pummel their skulls with, promise you will feel better then shooting them
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Z-Traps are push or pull trigger and are a better quality trap than duke and here's a trick I use to set them that has been the best idea I've had on these. I use a caulk gun to set them, put the bait in, stick it in the ground then take the caulk gun and put it over the top of the unset trap so that the latch goes in where the nozzle of the caulk tube comes out and just click it closed and set the latch.

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