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« on: June 07, 2012, 09:36:11 AM »

What is the best bait for catching raccoons in live trap? Anybody have any secerts to share? Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 09:49:42 AM »

A cheep can of sardines ?
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 09:50:27 AM »

I have always had good luck with cat food
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 09:52:09 AM »

Blue tic hound and a tree. I guess a tree is a live trap.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 10:45:28 AM »

Dry dog food works well for me.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 10:50:28 AM »

Honey bun, cats won't bother it, coons love sweets..   Place the honey bun on the ground place the

trap trip lever over the honey bun smash down on the bun.  the coon has to work to get it.  break off bits

bun around the trap so they can get a taste..

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 11:01:08 AM »

I use chick feed.
Sounds strange, but everything else catches the farm cats. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 11:39:58 AM »

Marshmallows and bologna works for me.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 12:19:48 PM »

I use corn just plain ol corn,,,,never fails
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 01:47:03 PM »

I keep a deer feeder on the opposite side of my property from the garden. After the racoons figured out there was free food, i'd wait til about 12-1am on a friday night, kick on my outdoor flood lights and feed them lead. I setup a deer cam and one picture had 8 or 9 racoons on it, stopped feeling bad about shooting them that day. I throw the dead ones in the woods and they disappear fast.
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2012, 02:17:19 PM »

Honey bun, cats won't bother it, coons love sweets..   Place the honey bun on the ground place the

trap trip lever over the honey bun smash down on the bun.  the coon has to work to get it.  break off bits

bun around the trap so they can get a taste..



peanut butter too...
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2012, 04:49:38 PM »

We've had our best luck with tunafish or day old donuts & feed corn, peanut butter works good.
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2012, 06:12:15 PM »

I've had better success trapping coons with "Dog Proof" traps..  baited with marshmellows..
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2012, 06:18:26 PM »

Dog-proof trap, marshmallow and a few drops of anise extract. If you're feeling generous, mix in some karo syrup with the anise. Cats and dogs don't care for this stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2012, 06:16:15 AM »

I have had great sucess with cat food.
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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2012, 07:14:08 AM »

Everytime i go back to one of my fishin spots i always see lots of coon tracks, pretty sure they been eatin all the dead or left behind bait.  Suckers and fathead minners
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« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2012, 12:37:58 PM »

I am another sardine can baiter. Punch a few holes in the top of the tin, dribble a little oil inside the trap and set the tin on the trap pan or behind it if using only one door.

Around here, you can sell the coons for around $10, since they are good eating. Skin them out, leave the feet on and freeze them.

These are also good traps to use. Bait with a mashmallow inside. The coon puts his hand inside to get the marshmallow...and you got him. Safe for around dogs, cats, etc.
http://www.ztraps.com/
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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2012, 02:03:04 PM »

we use rabbit heads.  Dig a small hole back into a bank or small hill. Take a rabbit head and place a stick through the eye so you can drive it into the dirt at the back of the hole. Then set a steel trap or dig out a little more and put your box trap at the opening to the hole so he has to go through.


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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2012, 07:36:50 PM »

I have been feeding one for a month now. He is so big that after he eats he just backs out of the cage. So I went to a bigger trap. He still runs free. I think I will try the honeybun idea.
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2012, 05:53:52 AM »

He will not back out of a conibear trap. Instant kill.  Box traps(havahart) traps have their place. But some instances Coyotes, Coons, Beavers require a little more extreme measures.
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2012, 06:41:28 AM »

I have used the conibears for beaver. It's the perfect trap for them. The beaver plug up the culverts under the roads, the swamp fills up behind the culverts and the road overflows with water. Punch some low spots in the dam, put the conibears in the rushing water and the beaver get caught. Beaver are like cockroaches...if you see two... there are many more around you don't see.

Opps...got off the coon subject...
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2012, 05:46:19 PM »

I use marshmallows of u are using a haveahart trap or if u are using the dog proof leg traps I use the cheapest cat food you can buy with a marshmallow on top.


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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2012, 05:19:53 AM »

Ordered 6 Duke Dog Proof Coon Traps yesterday.  For some reason I am excited about catching the coons.  I guess I am looking for payback for all the sweet corn they ruined.   Grin
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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2012, 06:49:23 AM »

Sardines marshmallows liver dog food tuna eggs chicken
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« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2012, 07:03:18 AM »

i used sardines also, a trick i found was i take an empty sardine can and drill two holes in the bottom and use a wire tie to fasten the can to the cage in the back of the trap. this keeps the can from getting stuck up under the plate that sets the trap. i dont know how but i have had the cans to get under there and the trap no get set and the bait all gone. i have heard of people mixing peanut butter and jelly together, honey and peanut butter, dont think they are that picky of a critter when it comes to eating...Ted
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