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Apr 13

Trapping Across America show #19, Coyote and bobcat trapping in South TX, off set on Sleepy Creek traps, Eating bobcat and Conibears under the high fence

How to trap, kill and catch coyotes and bobcats in Texas. Off-setting Sleepy Creek Traps. How to snare a high game fence in Texas. Plus eating bobcat meat.

trapping radio show #19

This will week on Trapping Across America, Clint will talk about his last seven weeks in Texas. This was a strange ride this year. We had the ranch hands killing $5,000 of bobcats for $300.00 of coon meat, GRRRRRR!

If you have not eaten bobcat meat (the other white meat) you have been wasting some mighty fine vitals. The Texas Predator School went well again this year.  Except for the oil guys cutting loose a MT Loin and bobcat, GRRRRR !

We will also talk about a major massive problem we saw with our cat snares this year, but don’t worry we have a plan! Then we will look at the 2011-2012 fur prices and the North American Fur Auction in Feb.

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  1. Dustin Drews

    Clint Good show, Texas school was great! I cannot believe you did not disclose
    “ALL YOUR BIG SECRETS” on the air that you shared with us at the school…. That was for you Ricky!
    Amen on the bobcat it tasted like the the best piece of pork I ever ate.
    Bobcat, The next other white meat!
    Old school if you are reading this you need to try it…
    I am glad the 280s worked out for you guys! And congrats on your your 60 cats.
    I hope what you said about the fur prices holds up I have been pilling up permission all over the state to hit my goals. If nothing else it should be a good time this winter!
    Have a great summer!
    God bless,
    Dustin Drews

    1. admin

      Dustin, I am always holding a few ” Secrets” in my bag.

      The set Rick made with all the holes and three traps paid off two days after ya’ll left. I took pics with phone, so if I meet him, I can show it to him. The coyote made it 10 feet on the drag, so he will be able to see the set and coyote at the same time.

      You picked a good time to leave, it got hot enough to fry eggs once ya”ll left. You also missed the rattle snake movement. They were everywhere. 12 in one day.

      I hope you meet the goals you made, keep me in touch as you get trapping next fall. Good Luck and wear them out,

      Clint

  2. Texas wats

    Great show once again. Thanks for all the great info you put out. Absolutely no wild dogs in Texas!

  3. jeff dunlap

    damn i love it when beaver trapper gets fired up.x10 beaver x10

  4. gailkeller

    Clint,no two seasons are ever the same and I am not so sure that all the bobcats were tossed aside,there was a concerted effort by all trappers out West to collect as many bobcats as possible this past season,there are two sides to every fence.I have caught the majority of my bobcats here in Louisiana in 220 and 280 conibears as incidentals on my otter and coon lines,especially on the brushy high ground trails around crawfish and fish ponds.Net wire fence crossings are excellent locations for conibears,especially if you open up a small section of fence at the well worn trails through the net wire,they can be wired back up when you pull your line.I think most furbearers are unable to distinguish between the net wire and the conibear trap and may be the best conibear set location to take coyotes.When snaring bobcats,especially in New Mexico,in an effort to avoid Mexican grey wolves,I use a six inch loop about eight inches from the ground and at fence crawl unders,a six inch loop a couple of inches off the ground.Even with this six inch loop,I still get more bobcats hip snared than I desire and I catch coyotes with one leg and their head through it at times.I have come to believe that bobcats are so deliberate in their movements,especially in tight situations,that they are able to maneuver through snare loops,even loaded snare loops,to such a degree,that it defies conventional trapping wisdom.I think most trappers would be surprised at how small a loop is truly needed to catch a targeted furbearer,especially if the snare setup is optimum.

    1. Dam Buster

      This was informative, gailkeller, thanks.

  5. Beavertrapper

    Hey Adam:

    Just so you know, it’s illegal to cross the border and take up residence in this country without proper documentation. Perhaps you’ll be good enough to write Mr. Obama and remind him that he needs to enforce the law.

    Why is it that you stand by and do nothing while your own government refuses to enforce the laws to protect your country yet you lecture others about laws that protect nothing?

    It makes no difference whatsoever if an animal is killed by a 280 or a 330 – yet it makes a great deal of difference if our nations borders are defended.

    I think you need to do some thinking about the difference between laws and regulations and decide what is really important.

    As a licensed trapper, hunter and outdoorsman, I obey the laws that I feel are just, and I obey the laws that I feel I must. When the government decides that it no longer has to abide by the ultimate law of the land – The Constitution, why should I abide by its laws that are arbitrary, capricious and absurd in nature?

  6. Adam Henry

    Well m44′s are designed to catch and kill canines, they are also baited. So if we smeared bait on a 280 it would be as lethal to dogs. They also have more regulation on their applications. But be assured we(USDA) have been using them for many years in Texas.

    I am not really trying to argue about the use of conibears under the fence. They are very effective tools. I am just concerned for the legal ramifications if some one misunderstood the information that was talked about in your speech. I understand it’s up to individual trappers to know the laws, but sometimes hearing that “a ranch a guy works runs them all year” is enough for others to try the same.

    I enjoyed the talk, you experienced what most of our trappers have been dealing with for the whole year during the drought.

  7. admin

    Adam, I never said that I used a 330 in TX. A friend of mine has been on a job twice and the ranch keeps 330′s in the fence year round, not us.
    I have never seen a wild dog around there or caught one in a trap or snare in the six years I have been going down there. If a dog is seen on any of the ranchs I have been on, the ranch takes care with a rifle right now.
    I still think a conibear is safer around dogs than the M-44 guns and the poison balls that the USDA is gearing up to use.

  8. Beavertrapper

    Thanks for the report on Texas. Sounds like despite all the difficulties it was well worth the trip. I found the conibear vs snare information to be eye opening to say the least.

    Once again conventional wisdom gets turned on it’s head. All my life I’ve heard that you’re wasting your time trying to get a predator to stick it’s head in a conibear and how a snare is the way to go.

    Thanks for reminding us all to question conventional wisdom and go with what work.

  9. Adam henry

    just so you know, it is illegal to set 330′s on dry land in Texas. And you do have feral dogs in Texas, even around la bandera!

    Adam Henry
    Wildlife services
    817-978-3146

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