Post by Deadfall_Paul on Feb 22, 2005 14:05:29 GMT -5
Hey Steve good to hear from you !
I didn't realize it was your first season going at it as serious. You sure put a lot of thought and reasoning into solving the problems with the K-9's. That along with any advice you can pick up on the boards, in books and videos always seems to pay off.
I am like you as I prefer regular jaws to offsets. Nothing wrong with offsets it's just my own personal feeling that the reg jaws "set up" in the pad.
Don't know if that is clear so I'll try again. As almost all my catches are across the pad the indentation or groove the jaw makes there seems to me to prevent slipping of the foot between the jaws or pull-outs. It takes a better hold. Even when I get greys in a larger trap, like the old square jaw #2 Victors that I am too "frugal" to throw away, the across the pad catch doesn't do any damage. I've caught them(greys) in 4 coiled #2's and had the same results. I believe the pad catch to be a result of the correct pan tension so the fox is committed to the trap before it springs. Again this is OMHO and it works for me.
My scouting is more or less done year round and I like to hunt for denning sites in the spring. Seeing the pups helps to give me an idea of the populations and they sure are fun to watch. I pick up an occasional dropping to enhance a set if needed and do manage to find a few natural scent posts that I use later on. I also do a bit of pre-baiting a couple weeks before season.
I want to commend you for your friendship and compassion in giving the coons to your friend. I know how it must have made him feel as for the same reasons I haven't been able to get any traps out for a couple years. It is something that is so ingrained in your blood and so much a part of you that life just ....isn't without it. Thankfully this year I will be at it again, the Lord willing.
I like your attitude about next season. It is a win-win situation for like the old saying goes 'A bad day trapping is better than a good day doing anything else !'
Post by Deadfall_Paul on Jan 20, 2005 20:17:17 GMT -5
You couldn't see anything keeping the traps from springing ?? I think the saran wrap is a good idea. Have used it before and it works. Good Luck.
I have to drive up to Rochester tomorrow to pick up a cap for my truck. Six hour drive in the sub zero temps up there. Then putting the cap on and driving back. Fun! Won the bid on eBay and got a $1200+ cap for $300,even if it is used.