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Coon trapping #8665046 08/15/22 07:16 PM
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I’ve never trapped coons but I know a lot of people have a lot of success doing it. I guess I’m gonna try it. Reason is to keep them outa corn feeders. I guess those DP ones is what most use..?? Any advice on how to setup, any tricks, etc. Just right by feeder? If they start avoiding then move further away? Somebody said vanilla wafers work good. I’m not putting a ton of time into doing this so hope it’s not too involved.


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Marshmallows in a DP trap. If you have ants then look at soup can traps. Put out 3-6 in a location spread in a circle and make sure they are secured to something extremely well that a coon can't bite through.

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One of the guys on our lease has trapped for years. He puts those traps with marshmallows in them and usually tethers to the foot (or multiple feet) of a feeder. He usually does it sometime in early January when most hunters are done for the season and there’s still some corn flying around, keeping the coons close to the feeders. He traps for all sorts of stuff but he does get a bunch of coons


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I have trapped many of those little buggers...very easy to trap. I set the trap close to the feeders maybe 20 to30 feet from the feeder. Then I just put a little corn inside near the trigger... and trickle a little to the door and a little around the entrance. There will be a coon inside in the morning.

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For bait, I like dry cat food. A small, cheap bag form the dollar store will last forever. DP traps, fastened well to each leg of your feeder. I caught one this weekend that was not attached well enough. He broke the trap free, and I could follow the drag marks in the dirt and leaves from him dragging the trap off. I followed his track for over 100 yards before I lost it.

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Maybe just my personal opinion, but I don't like the leg of the feeder. We have one set of two traps setup this way because there is nothing else to attach them to and we haven't put t posts out yet. That said, I want them further away from the feeder so they don't get in the way of the deer eating

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I second dry dog or cat food. Cheapest you can get. Marshmallows work good but in the heat they can melt and make a sticky mess. Also attracts ants.
I’ve had best luck with dog food and sometimes mix corn in.
Anchor the DP to a feeder leg or a tpost with baling wire or cable. I’ve caught 100+ the past few years and had two break off the wire…
I also notice I can catch three or four in a night then won’t catch any on the sets for a few days. Learned to move them some after each kill…

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Trap chain preferably needs two swivels for coons.


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I started running Z-Traps here at the homestead (Z-Traps are dog proof and have a push/pull trigger), been hammering coons & possums. Baited them with corn around one of my house feeders but they wouldn't touch it, the deer would knock them over trying to get the corn out. Started baiting with tuna fish and they hammer that.

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I've never needed anything other than what they came there for in the first place...corn. I also use Z-Traps which has a two-way trigger (push-pull), unlike the Duke's which is a one-way (pull). Not exactly dog-proof as claimed (IMHO), but at my place the chance of someone's wayward pet getting caught is virtually nil and a pet won't eat corn anyway, unlike cat or dog food. And if it happens to trap a yote (I have TC pics of yotes eating corn at a feeder), all the better.

I wire-tie my traps to the feeder leg as mentioned, but I don't recommend trapping during the season as I have obviously seen fewer deer at those feeders when I do. Hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by TLew
Marshmallows in a DP trap. If you have ants then look at soup can traps. Put out 3-6 in a location spread in a circle and make sure they are secured to something extremely well that a coon can't bite through.



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I second the Push Pull Z Trap. I use the cheap canned cat food. And marshmallows are good too.

I place my traps at least 50 yards from the deer corn feeders. If I don't catch a coon within 48 hours, I either move the trap or rebait it.

I have one trap at the base of a tree that is somewhat hollowed at. The coons only have one choice to approach it. I catch a coon almost every day.

*** I cover the traps with some sticks or brush so they have to work at it too get to it.


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I like the DP dukes, set on the tripod legs and filled with corn. Haven't tried the z traps, but can see the added benefit.

You want to do it when you can check them each morning, wont take long to thin the herd down.


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we've used the DP traps a lot. tied directly to the feeder leg or to the feed pen if you have one. does need good swivels so they won't twist it up. I"ve not noticed that you need to be real careful with scent or anything. jsut set them. i tend to use dry cat food but lots of things work. you won't catch them all unless you really work at it. but if you've got a good population of every-nighters you won't have to try too hard to thin them down some at least.


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Thanks guys. This is the type stuff I was looking for. Dont they come with some type swivel and is that critical?


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Originally Posted by freerange
Thanks guys. This is the type stuff I was looking for. Dont they come with some type swivel and is that critical?



Yes, and the Z Traps come with 2 swivels on the chain. The chains are pretty short though, so I just went to the hardware store and cut 2' pieces of chain attached with a quick link. Then another quick link on the end to hook back to the chain after going around a tree or fence post etc. They're not breaking that.

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Originally Posted by freerange
Thanks guys. This is the type stuff I was looking for. Dont they come with some type swivel and is that critical?


The ability for the trapped animal to swivel freely and not twist the chain is essential.
The most docile cutesy pie animal can turn into godzilla when trapped and can
twist out of the trap and possibly bend up and wreck your trap.
One of the first good lessons I was taught was to have a free swiveling trap that was
fastened as if a sasquatch was going to step in it.
I put at least one crunch proof swivel on all my traps including the body grips.

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our LO out SW of Ozona doesn't allow killing any type of varmints, so live traps is our only path out there. I have 10-12 traps and set them 2-3x side by side with entry on opposite ends, toss some corn on the ground under the trap with a pile under the trigger. I set them away from the feeder, bait & set after the afternoon hunt at dark, next morning hunt will have one in each trap usually. Then after the morning hunt, load the traps in my truck and relocate 10-15 miles away near a windmill with water trough. I'm sure the hunters in that area hate me but they can likely shoot them where I can not.

in my younger years, back in the 60s thru the early 80s I ran trap lines on several large ranches I had access too. I think I had about 180-200 spring jaw traps I ran every morning before school during fur bearing season ... had to be before daylight or I would just have a leg left in the trap. I did a lot of headlighting on foot until I got my drivers license, then converted to Q-beam with red lens. Made a LOT of money while the prices were high.


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our LO out SW of Ozona doesn't allow killing any type of varmints,


That's an odd duck right there.


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If this ****** would do his job, I wouldn't have to trap. Have another pic with 13 coons in it (a lot for us).

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Don't you have grandkids TLK? Sounds like a fun night job for a youngster with a 22!


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our LO out SW of Ozona doesn't allow killing any type of varmints,


That's an odd duck right there.

LOL ... she is younger than me but reminds me of an old hippy, very much a naturalist in a lot of ways. She inherited the place and wanted someone to take care of proper deer management to oversee the place. She would prefer we not shoot any deer either but after we had a meeting with the local TPWD biologist, she understands we need to do proper culling for improving the herd & population.

we have a red light on coons, possum, etc. but green light for pigs, coyote or mountain lion & bobcat (she wants the skull confused2)


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our LO out SW of Ozona doesn't allow killing any type of varmints,


That's an odd duck right there.

LOL ... she is younger than me but reminds me of an old hippy, very much a naturalist in a lot of ways. She inherited the place and wanted someone to take care of proper deer management to oversee the place. She would prefer we not shoot any deer either but after we had a meeting with the local TPWD biologist, she understands we need to do proper culling for improving the herd & population.

we have a red light on coons, possum, etc. but green light for pigs, coyote or mountain lion & bobcat (she wants the skull confused2)


Don't let her see Deep In The Heart (recent documentary), or Mountain Lion will get a red light.


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