That's crazy! You'll need a bobcat to level that again. They sure do move some earth.Man, quit using that rebar. Here is a pic from today of a yote that spent the night and ALL day (until 4:30 pm) in the trap staked with a 12" berkshire cable stake in sand. The ground was level yesterday when the trap was set. Look at how much dirt was moved with her trying to get loose.
What do you prefer stakes or earth anchors? Most folks seem to like the earth anchor....stakes are considered old school?Glad you got one to step on the pan but sorry to here about the staking issue.
A single rebar stake is usually OK to anchor a DP for coon because they are not prone to pumping the stake. The coyote will jump and with a short chain and single stake, even if he does not jerk it out of the ground right away, he will continue to jerk and pull the stake a little bit each jerk (what we call pumping the stake) until he eventually gets it out of the ground.
Rebar is fine to anchor canine traps but it needs to be 2 stakes driven in an X pattern so the chain does not pull parallel to the stake. There are several double stake swivels made to accommodate 2 stakes. JC Connors chestnut rings work well also. If the weight of the rebar is not an issue, rebar is one of if not the most cost effective way to anchor your trap in most soil types. And they are much easier to remove than most earth anchors.
And if you have more than 8" of chain, you need a shock spring as well.
Marshall,What do you prefer stakes or earth anchors?
Soo basically if you catch somethin and it tries to get away its gonna be " dragging " this anchor.??
Yep that’s me Joe. Good memory. Imagine how confused I was when I knew everyone by their screen name on here and not their first name lol. I remember talkin w you but I don’t remember which day. Any ways, goodThanks Yancy. You're having a pretty good first year. You were at the Trapper convention this year, right? I may be mistaken, but I think we were both talking to Prune at the same time. You're a thin guy, little taller than average, and a full beard, right?
QBD, again thanks for the help. I've got 2 more night to trap and them I'm off to Chicago for a bit. I've got one trap about 50 yards from this one. We'll see what happens tonight.
TMC, trail cam pics are great, but I like videos a lot more. They sure do show you exactly what's happening. It's what has made me switch to compass sets. It makes them criss cross my trap to get to everything. It got this one caught.
I was the tall, greasy, Italian guy with a big nose, and a Yankee accent. I was by myself. I was out there the day they had the dinner at night. I stayed for that too. It was a nice event. I'll make sure I greet you if I see you again.Yep that’s me Joe. Good memory. Imagine how confused I was when I knew everyone by their screen name on here and not their first name lol. I remember talkin w you but I don’t remember which day. Any ways, good
luck and safe travels.
Well fortunately I can relate on the nose and the Italian lol. Well, my nose is more just crooked from fighting when I was a hard headed youngster .My mother is Sicilian. That’s what’s great about trapping...all walks of life do it. Keep the posts coming!I was the tall, greasy, Italian guy with a big nose, and a Yankee accent. I was by myself. I was out there the day they had the dinner at night. I stayed for that too. It was a nice event. I'll make sure I greet you if I see you again.
Dang!!!Last trap check before I travel again. Compass set comes through again! Finally got hold of this black female. I don't think she was in the trap very long because there was no trap circle at all. She was, however, in it long enough to get her butt kicked. She has a dime sized hole in her neck and there was some blood around the set again. I sure wish I was home a little longer to get my hands on the rest of them, but maybe it's good to let this area cool off a bit. No choice though. I'm off to Chicago!
By the way...my other traps were frozen solid. I had to beat on them in order to close them before pulling them out.
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If you look st the video where I made the catch, you will see eyes in the background staying just outside the flash range of the camera. That's where I put a second trap. Unfortunately the only thing to visit that site was an Opossum, who helped himself to my bait while the traps were frozen solid.JOE!--in the video, where were the rest of the traps set nearby?
Most of us set 2-3 per location to get
a) multiple catches knowing they travel in family groups and
b) have more to make up for non-targets like coon, skunk, opossums, etc