trapping 2013-14 Dec 30, 2013 8:52:34 GMT -5
Post by strippitman on Dec 30, 2013 8:52:34 GMT -5
I also had a foothold sprung. It was a set at a big hay bale where I'd jammed a deer leg under the bale. The leg was pulled out and the trap was empty. This is the second empty foothold I've had. I'm afraid these old coil spring traps aren't strong enough to hold anymore. Might put them on ebay as "vintage" and put the money towards some new ones for next year.
A friend of mine who has been trapping coon for a long time using DP's told me he always slides the marshmallow onto the trigger. That way the coon has to activate the trap when trying to get the marshmallow off. He also told me that after putting the marshmallow in he fills the rest of the cup with cat food (meow mix or some other hard type cat food) but occasionally he will put sardines in it. He says the problem with sardines is they freeze up and make the trap useless. It has worked well for me. If I use sardines, I will usually just set a few sardines next to the trap to bring them in. After they eat the sardines they will almost always go for the goodies in the cup.
Also, I would be a little hesitant on selling those old traps. I'm pretty sure you could find replacement springs to get them working like brand new again. HTS had a pretty good supply of parts. I think you could take your old traps over there and they could set you up with the right parts. If not, I would probably be interested in buying them to hang up as decoration in my basement.