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14 hours ago, stronger800 said:

I’ve had a problem recently with a skunk or coon getting the food (handfull  of cat food in a bowl) out of a trap like that without tripping the pan. I’ve caught 5 this year, and the trap seems good, but last few tries I’ve been unsuccessful. Any tips? Thought about it tying food to the back wall so they have to fight for it  

Are you sure it isn't mice or packrats getting the cat food out?

Amazing what a trail cam aimed at a live trap will pick up.

I would post some pics but they are all home on my laptop.

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12 hours ago, lorenzo said:

Wire the bait can in solid, set it with a hair trigger, put enough food in it so they stay awhile, some guys even dig a hole under the trap for the bait but I don’t. I have had several occasions where the bait was gone and no animal. Could be mice I guess. I did catch a picture of a coon so big that the trap door came down on his butt and he just backed out . 
 

I think if your Going to tie bait to the back you would have to put the trap up against a wall or they will just trip the trap trying to dig it out from the outside. I have seen as many as four raccoons on the trail cam circling the trap trying to figure it out. They are fairly reluctant to go in so they must be really hungry.

Shoot, didn't see your post before I replied. Basically just repeated what you said🥺

I always cover my trap with feed sacks so the can only see in the entrance.

 

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On 8/6/2021 at 10:26 AM, stronger800 said:

I’ve had a problem recently with a skunk or coon getting the food (handfull  of cat food in a bowl) out of a trap like that without tripping the pan. I’ve caught 5 this year, and the trap seems good, but last few tries I’ve been unsuccessful. Any tips? Thought about it tying food to the back wall so they have to fight for it  

regarding your raccoon issue, I have them awful around here, been relocating them all yr and I live in a subdivision out in the country about 6 miles from the nearest town, lots are 3 to 10 acres and there are about 20 homes out here. 

tear up my bird feeders, get my sweet corn, kill chickens, nuisance to say the least. 

i have had a couple that are wary of my have a heart trap - for those you are going to need something  a little more aggressive - as @lorenzosaid, a dog perhaps. 

Some of the old farmers still use medicinal variants while others use traps like these - these are great if you live in an area where you might worry about someones dog stepping in a conventional leg hold trap - 

i have relocated about 20 i the past yr. I have seen a couple of the wary coons stick their had thru the side of the havaheart cage wire, grab a handfull of cat food off the pedal and spring the trap. Might be what is h appening, my cat will sneak in there, and get a nibble off the pan and never set off the trap. Watched him do it more than once, cats wont step on uneasy/unstable items like the pan 

 

 

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Those are designed to use a marshmallow for bait.

Large dogs feet are usually too big to fit in the hole but don’t bet on it.

leg hold traps in general are pretty in humane especially if you don’t check them at least twice in the night . They will chew their leg off if given enough time. 

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6 minutes ago, yellowrosefarm said:

That's a good dog to sit on the scale like that as a pup. Mine wouldn't sit on the floor scale at the Vet at that age.  How big is he supposed to get?

20 to 25lbs hes a mini - he is really doing well, he is 12wks - already sits, lays, on command, working on the Stay thing and he is picking it right up obviously by sitting on the scale.

He laid at my feet while we were playing cards last night for about 45 mins till he got up and roamed around the house a bit. Of course being a puppy he is ready to go at a moments notice - my daughter lives in town with her mom so I dont get to see him a bunch but she is doing a great job with him, she is a senior in HS. He has only had a couple accidents indoors so far she told me. He likes to ride around in her truck with her. 

He is pretty obedient for a puppy and smart. I raised labs for 12 yrs and seems as attentive and easy to train like them. 

Im pretty impressed honestly, I was around a couple FULL SIZED Australian's working for farmers growing up and they were extremely loyal, very smart, and both would fight anything that was in their territory. Very protective of their owners and would growl if something was fishy. 

 

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6 hours ago, lorenzo said:

Those are designed to use a marshmallow for bait.

Large dogs feet are usually too big to fit in the hole but don’t bet on it.

leg hold traps in general are pretty in humane especially if you don’t check them at least twice in the night . They will chew their leg off if given enough time. 

i havent had a dog get in one of the coon cuff style, i suppose a tiny dog could?  - a #1 or #11 on up could easily catch a k9 so i dont use those around the neighborhood those only get used on the farm - i always thot i would catch a ferel cat in one of the coon cuffs but none as of yet. no opossums either just coons. I use cat food, marshmellows, anything that drops down in there easily works just fine. interestingly enough while I have had a coon chew out from an old school foothold I have never had one chew out of a coon cuff. 

i plan to do more trapping when i retire it was such a great time when I was a kid. likely for decoration and presents 

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On 8/11/2021 at 5:06 AM, searcyfarms said:

 

Im pretty impressed honestly, I was around a couple FULL SIZED Australian's working for farmers growing up and they were extremely loyal, very smart, and both would fight anything that was in their territory. Very protective of their owners and would growl if something was fishy. 

 

...you are on to it,  searcyfarms.....but suggesting  Australians are very smart....is a bit of a stretch.....:rolleyes:...yep, they are great fighters...but watch  them carefully ....when they hit   the 'turps'..... just sayin'....:o

Mike

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Little bit of a sad update to my previous dog posts, we lost our golden retriever today. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure a little over a month ago. We had her or meds and they were helping but she has been having a bit of a hard time some days.  She needed help to get up but was fairly mobile once you got her going. She’d still follow mom around anywhere and was happy to be with. Just the other day we went to leave and I had her out walking before I put her back in the house. Dad brought the truck up and she ran over and stood up in the door wanting to go too.  I said to mom as long as she’s trying I hate to put her down and she did give it her all right up till the end. She passed away sleeping this afternoon.  Spent the afternoon building a box for her to be burried in. The cats feeling a little lonesome tonight too I think. He laid by her most of the day after we covered her up with a blanket.  She was a pretty special pup to us anyways and will surely be missed. 

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Sorry to hear of your loss. We lost our 12 year old Great Pyrenees a year ago and it’s tough on all the family even the other animals. It gets better with time but it’s not a fun place to be. Once again I’m sorry to hear this. 

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3 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Little bit of a sad update to my previous dog posts, we lost our golden retriever today. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure a little over a month ago. We had her or meds and they were helping but she has been having a bit of a hard time some days.  She needed help to get up but was fairly mobile once you got her going. She’d still follow mom around anywhere and was happy to be with. Just the other day we went to leave and I had her out walking before I put her back in the house. Dad brought the truck up and she ran over and stood up in the door wanting to go too.  I said to mom as long as she’s trying I hate to put her down and she did give it her all right up till the end. She passed away sleeping this afternoon.  Spent the afternoon building a box for her to be burried in. The cats feeling a little lonesome tonight too I think. He laid by her most of the day after we covered her up with a blanket.  She was a pretty special pup to us anyways and will surely be missed. 

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Very sorry to hear of your loss.

They work their way into our hearts and lives until they become a part of us 

There is a big empty spot when they leave us.

Try to fill it with all the good memories she shared with your family.

My condolences to you and your family

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Ohhh......those ol' pet hounds.......always tears in the house, after they have ''run their last race'

...not to get this out of context, Ryan....but great that she passed away in her sleep....at home......rather than the dreaded trip to the vet

like the others above....we know how you are feeling....

Best wishes    to you and yours

Mike

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Thanks everyone. Everyone’s eyes are a little wet around here this morning for sure. We’ve had her for 9 years and she was 2-3 years old when we got her. She was definitely part of the family.
 

 Dug a hole with the excavator and laid her to rest first thing this morning. I’m no carpenter or grave digger but I did my best for her. 

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5 minutes ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Thanks everyone. Everyone’s eyes are a little wet around here this morning for sure. We’ve had her for 9 years and she was 2-3 years old when we got her. She was definitely part of the family.
 

 Dug a hole with the excavator and laid her to rest first thing this morning. I’m no carpenter or grave digger but I did my best for her. 

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beautiful box for a beautiful pet - so sorry you are going through this 

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Dogs are a constant reminder of the unconditional love we should display to others, one of God’s perfect examples, feel for your hurt, we lost one of our favourites 5 summers ago with same thing, was playing like normal Friday night by Sunday couldn’t get up, a bit of time to heal and another will fill your hearts

Sidenote I will remember to be on my best behaviour if I visit, you look a little too handy with caskets and excavators 🥺

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