Originally Posted by SPOOK74
Are there any Trapers here? I am thinking about trying my luck with trying to trap coyotes. So far I have looked at some of the duke traps that basspro sale. I really don't know much about traping at all. So I thought I would start with trying to find those that are experinced before just jumping into something. What kind of trap would you recommend? What Size? Techniques, and where to set traps? Do you bait and set traps under the bait? Do you use scent lures? Thanks for any advice.
You need to check your trapping laws, many states have jaw spread limits and method restrictions and on and on....
I personally use #3's modified heavily with 1/4- 3/8ths jaw lamination, 4 coil, base plate jaws looped or bubbled and at least three swivels and a cushion and nite latched. The other trap I've been using is a #2 Bridger modified the same as above, it's giving me a little lower catches across the pad instead of up higher which causes a little more cuts but they can catch to low if your not setting them correctly and toe pinch. I also snare a lot, using 1/16th or 5/64 cable with a chained cam lock, a 50# kill spring and a loaded loop, swiveled in the middle and the second section 3/32 with quick loop at 6 or 10ft long depending on trail or fence and a break away to keep the bovine out.
Trapping is best learned from another trapper in the field, like what was mentioned above, go to the trappers association in your state and there will usually be guys who are willing to mentor you. If your in Montana I could help you out.