Dec 09

How and why to trap and catch raccoons with coyote traps

How and why to trap and catch raccoons with coyote traps

by Clint Locklear, Predator Control Group

I know this topic will get some raccoon trappers upset. Sorry, but I suggest you try this for yourself, before arm-chair theories start flying. If a trapper is setting pocket sets or water set for raccoon, a #11 or 1.5 coil spring is costing trappers money and fur! How do I know this, I have trapped both ways and a 6-6.5 inch trap makes the trapper more money and a larger catches.

The small traps will hold a coon with good springs, but before you hold the raccoon, you have to catch him. The problem with these small raccoon traps is the jaw spread, misses and snapped traps. Take records of you snapped traps and be honest with yourself and you will see the problem. The traps flip around when a coon steps on the edges of the trap. To ge a good catch, you must have the raccoon step perfectly in the trap. Sounds easy to do at a demo, but not in the wild. A good size raccoons back foot is larger than a #11 or 1.5 coil spring. Now would you use a #11 on a beaver? why not? The front foot of the beaver will fit into the #11 or 1.5. Now the back foot of a beaver will not, at best you might get a bad toe catch on the back foot. That is why beaver men use large foot holds. they want a chance to hold any foot that gets in the trap, but raccoon trappers, not so much, why? Does this make sence to you, it does not to me!

The first time I used #3 longsprings on coon was when I ran out of my “raccoon traps” on a road line in West TN. My eyes were open, the #3′s took three times the number of coon than my “raccoon traps”. When you think about it makes perfect sence. The larger target on the #3 was not allowing the raccoon to miss the trap like on the smaller traps. Now I know, every trapper has there reasons and ideas on trap placement to get the paw in the trap. The problem is that all raccoons are individuals and act different around the set. The larger trap puts the animal actions in the favor on the trapper.

If you are using a drowning wire or rod, the raccoons will hit the bottom of the creek faster with the extra weight. If you are staking out in the water with a longer chain and tee-bar, the coons will be asleep faster with the extra weight on him. I know, the tiny trap guys are screaming about damage right about now. I get it, we have always been told that you “have” to use a small trap to stop any chewing. This came from the days of weak springs and sharp trap jaws. If anyone would take a #3 longspring or coilspring and double laminate the jaws, the raccoon will not lose circulation and will not chew. This is not a theory of mine, but a fact from my own trap lines. If you don’t believe it, go test it yourself.

Take it for what you will, but the larger trap catches more raccoon. Give it a try, you will be glad you did. I can tell you one thing, if I trapped in the mid-west with the high dollar coon, I would be using the trap that will catch the most raccoons. 3-10 extra coon a day on a road line, starts to turn into real mony over the course of the season.

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