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My order came in. I can now start trapping some.

I bought a dozen No. 11 double long spring traps that I will be using for the critters around here. I know how to set them up since I've always had single long spring traps hanging around here. (some belonged to my uncles when they were teenagers).

But I ordered some extra traps for small game (rabits/squirrels) incase this so called Recession turns into a major Depression and I need meat on the table. The extra traps happen to be illegal here in Oklahoma. I got a half dozen 110 connibears and a dozen small game snare traps. So if the SHTF, I'll be ready.

One question I have is "How do you open and set the connibears?" The spring is so stout I can't get it open to set the trigger. Then I'm about half scared it's gonna choke my hand to death if it catches me.

The small game snares are awesome. I've been experimenting around and making me some but they don't compare to these that I just received. I'm almost in favor of the SHTF just so I can try these out.

Another question: Can I use a homemade scent neutralizer spray on my traps and to cover up my scent when setting out the traps? Could I do this instead of boiling and waxing my traps between use?

Bought my traps from Duke traps supply.
 

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New traps I've had, had oil on them from the tooling. I let them set out and get a light coat of rust, to make sure the oil had dissapeared, before boiling and waxing. It's possible to boil the oil off, but would require a way to dispose of the surface water before lifting a trap through it. The oil residue would probably be a definate reason a coyote would avoid, or dig a set up. Some years I didn't boil or wax and the results were probably just as good. There is iron everywhere around here, from fences and old homesteads... more of a ordinary odor.

BTW... I thought you were going after coyotes as well? #11's seem pretty light?

Never had any experience with scent neutralizers. But I tend to doubt thier affectiveness when dealing with something that is already wary? In other words... How can you cover up a scent without creating another? Especially with something that can detect in parts per million.

Never used 110's either, but had a few 220's. They had a lock to use for one side, after compressing one spring, so you could compress the other. Seems like I've seen some C-clamps modified for that, if you're having trouble.

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My 220 tool was basically a large x made of bar stock with notches in one end to hold the wire as you squeese it. I loaned it to some older folks and a few 220's for garden duty. I set em by hand but am big enough to do so. I do like the setting tool though. It would be easy to make if ya have even a basic metal shop.

I got a boatload of traps pre y2k just in case. I trap is a 24 hour hunter and ya would not believe how useful thay are even if ya "don't trap" - pest control is made easier with a few good traps.
 

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Take your Traps boil them in plain water.then lay them out in the grass to get a coat of rust.Then take some Black Walnut hulls boil them to make a dye,melt some wax in it.Put your Traps in,work them around.Pull them out they will be Dyed and waxed.

You can make a simple Wooden Box Traps that are good for Rabbits or whatever.Don't think they would be good for Squirrels,because they would chew out.

There is a bunch of Traps that are Illegal because they catch such large numbers,but SHTF who cares.:buds:

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You can also depress the conibear springs using a piece of twine. Make a loop big enough to put your foot into, then run the other end up through both spring loops, back down and up through the loops again. Pull on the twine and the spring will collapse. Personally I would go with the tongs.
 

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BTW... I thought you were going after coyotes as well? #11's seem pretty light?

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I was kind of wondering about that myself. When I ordered I got on the outfits website and read what they recommended for raccoons and coyotes and I thought I ordered what they recommended. When I got the order in I looked the traps over and thought they looked rather small for coyotes. I'll have to get back on their site and see if I didn't misread something.

There is a bunch of Traps that are Illegal because they catch such large numbers,but SHTF who cares.:buds:

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I can't figure out why they are illegal. No more people that trap around here I wouldn't think it would harm anything for them to be legal. It seems no one traps or actually harvest any ***** with dogs anymore and that's the reason why they are so thick around here. That's why I can't raise a descent garden and am always loosing chickens to critter theives.
 

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Take your Traps boil them in plain water.then lay them out in the grass to get a coat of rust.Then take some Black Walnut hulls boil them to make a dye,melt some wax in it.Put your Traps in,work them around.Pull them out they will be Dyed and waxed.
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Hmmmm....just legholds right? Don't think you'd want to wax connibears...
 

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A waxed conibear will bite you!
I wash off the packing oil and paint
them flat black, even 220's and 330's.
A #11 is a great trap for ****.
For coyote, I'd use a #2 or larger.
1 1/2 coil spring is my favorite trap
for everyday use.(****, fox etc)
 

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I Started Trapping This Year For Muskrats. I Use Connibears, I Set Them By Uing Two Poles That I Stick Down Between Them And Hold It On The Ground With My Feet. I Them Pull The Poles In Opposite Directions To Break Them Past The Hard Point Then I Grab A Hold Of Them And Squeeze Them The Rest Of The Way, And Set Them. I Use #110. I Didn't Boil Or Wax The Connibears For Rats. I Hope This Helps, So Far I Have Caught 12 Out Of Our Ponds. I Know It's Not Alot But I Am Happy That I Have Caught Any. I Am Getting Ready To Start Trapping *****.
 

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If you have Beaver,Otter and Bobcats in your area they are bringing good price and fairly easy to catch.

I'm thinking of catching some ***** for the Freezer.

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More power to you on that freezer stuff,
Mr Rockpile! Thirty years ago (or more),
I learned I could get $5 for a dressed ****.
Along about then I decided I'd rather have
$5 worth of hamburger meat, or pork chops.
Aint eat a **** since. This is no joke. A
possum is infinitely better eating.
 
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