raccoon problem

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  1. tomestone

    tomestone Well-Known Member

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    I have a raccoon problem on my farm does any one know how to trap them? I have leg hold traps. Thanks.
     
  2. GNERGY

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    Google Conibear box trap and see for your self how to make one. My friend is a nusance trapper back in Ohio and he let me borrow one to get rid of some raccoons out of a cabana house behind the fitness club I was working at and we caught one everyday for 15 days. just used a piece of hotdog for bait. Worked like a million bucks.
    tarey
     

  3. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    Personally never had much luck as a kid with leg holds on coons. Haven't tried it since.

    Had good luck with very large live traps in the barn though. Baiting the pan with COB (corn oats and barley with some molasses).

    Dont know what I'd of done with a skunk in that live trap though! Luckily only ever caught what I was after which was nuisance coons.
     
  4. tomestone

    tomestone Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys my buddy has a live trap I used to catch skunks,the trick to get them out, with out getting sprayed is to open the door stand the trap up so the skunk is on the ground with trap over him, tie a rope to the trap,back up jurk the trap off the skunk and shotgun him before he can get his tail up.Steep learning curve.I hadnt though of it for coons,Have a Great Day.:)
     
  5. dbhostler

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    I use live traps but a smart coon will turn the trap over to get at the bait, so I use bent wire stakes to hold it down and wire the bait can into the front of the trap so the animal has to work at it and trips the trigger. Never fails.
    tc
     
  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Coons are not all that hard, check your local laws and such. Take a stake and drive it in the ground at an angle, wobble it around and pull it out then drip some fish oil or drop dog food down it or what ever they are coming in to eat and bed the trap 6in back or so and you'll nail them. If you stick to sweet stuff you'll catch much fewer skunks or dogs. Coons are very strong so make sure they can not reach anything that they can grab and use to pull themselves out of the trap!!
     
  7. webs

    webs Well-Known Member

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    Why not just shoot them? It's a lot more fun!
     
  8. mtntrapper1

    mtntrapper1 Well-Known Member

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    BigNGreen is RIGHT ON for the coons. Use good legholds with swiveled chains. The conibears work well also. Good luck.
     
  9. dbhostler

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    Because they crawl under the porch, die and stink for a month.
    db
     
  10. webs

    webs Well-Known Member

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    You must not be using Bergers! :D
     
  11. dbhostler

    dbhostler Well-Known Member

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    22lr.
     
  12. andrewlautner

    andrewlautner New Member

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    Yup its a fun, but it is quite difficult to shoot them. I am still struggling to shoot at least a single coon.
     
  13. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    they are almost as easy to trap as stray cats. any trap will work. Live traps are pretty fool proof, leg holds, snares and conibares all work well too. I prefer live traps that way if you get the neighbors small dog or cat you dont kill it and get in trouble.
     
  14. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    The trick is to shoot them at night! Nothing like dressing up like a nut and making your family think you have finally gone overboard than tactical coon hunting!


    I have had good luck with live traps as well. I saw there were some skunk related posts too. My neighbor has a good method. He puts a heavy tarp over the trap (approach sloooooowly). After about ten minutes to let the skunk calm down, he drives his quad out to the trap, hooks up a hose to the exhaust, and slips it under the tarp. Dead skunk, no spray. I wouldn't recommend eating them if killed this way (to all of you posters on the "Ground Hog Recipe" thread).
     

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