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What is the best bait for trapping coons? My wife is mighty PO'd at coons killing her chickens.

Question by WA Mtnhunter. Uploaded on October 08, 2010

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Turn about is fair play. Need a good coon recipe? It is the other, other red meat.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Evidently chickens are the best bait

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Sardines and peanut butter mixed to a paste. Attactive and it stays where you put it.

I have some good coon recipes as well!

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WA,

When we had our ranch in Montana, I found a can of commercial cat food worked, but be careful, skunks like it too. In fact, I set up camera to make sure what might be coming to the trap before eventually setting it.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

When I was a youngster, a friend's dad was the local go-to person on trapping knowhow. He used to take sardines and mix them with tree moss. It did work. I asked him what the tree moss did that the sardines didn't and he said that was what an old-timer had showed him, and that it always worked better than anything else he tried, so he quit questioning it....

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

MMMMMMMHHHMMMMM sardines and peanut butter.... I bet that'd hairlip the Pope....

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

'neck,

do get it on you or it will own you!

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from 007 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

One of the local experts says peanut butter and mini marshmallows. Sardines attract every skunk, possum, and housecat in the surrounding zip code.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Damn keyboard...

Don't get it on you or it will own you!

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Double naught,

Back when I was a yonker and made a good deal of spending money by trapping old rocky I caught very, very few skunks and possums with my bait. It seemed to be finite to coons. Could be WV skunks and possums have different tastes that GA skunks and possums. LOL!

Cheers!

Bee

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

My friend's dad stressed that the moss was key to his mix. Otherwise you would catch everything but 'coons. Sounds like to me the compounding of things may be the key.

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from huskerguy wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I've used peanut butter and marshmallows

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I have had good success with one half of a fresh ripe peach. It will not attract cats. Good luck.

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Any and all types of fish, believe me this is from experience.

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from country road wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Marshmallows by themselves work pretty well and won't attract other critters, at least that's always been true for me. Those other mixtures work fine, but after you've released the neighbors pet Persian cat for the third time, you'll start considering the marshmallows. Never mixed them with peanut butter, but should be outstanding.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Honey, p-nut butter and kernel corn. That is what we used up around Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, and rocky and his coon mates walked right into the traps. Seems they got a sweet tooth...good luck.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Country road beat me to it. Marhmallows alone will not attract your neighbors cat.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Bee, guess we've spoiled ours or else they're immune. Cheers to you too!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Count,

I bet those Shagit County coons have the same tastes as the Snohomish County one did.

Who said anything about releasing the neighbor's housecats?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Happy Myles,

I would not mind getting rid of a few skunks too.

WAM

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Wam I've caught many coons (no skunks or cats) on the roasted in the shell peanuts I use to catch those damnable squirrels that strip my nut trees every fall.

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WAM
I would not mind getting rid of a few skunks either....Kindest Regards

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from jay wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I don't condone this but ....

I know a hog farmer that have a very bad problem with critters getting into his feed. He mixes sardines with a product called "Golden Malrin" that you can purchase at your local farm store. Golden Malrin's intended use is to kill flies however folks have found other purposes for it. Typically after a critter eats this stuff; they can't move more than a few feet away, sometimes their head hits the plate of this stuff. I personally wouldn't use it, poisoning is probably illegal, so you have to be able to look yourself in a mirror. Obviously, the farmer didn't have a problem with it.

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from huntnfishnut wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I know the critters really like our dogfood

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Trapping coons around the hen house is easy. what you need is a five gallon pail, a 330 conibear, and a slice of bread with a broken egg with shell tossed in the back of the pail. Set the 330 in front of the pail laying horizontally on the ground next to the hen house and wire the trap to the hen house. cover the pail and trap jaws a bit with tall grass and leaves , then remove dead coon the next morning and repeat for a few nights. till said bandits are furs on the shed wall . I have yet to meet a coon that wont fall for a an egg at a hen house and live to tell the tale of it with said set.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Sourdough

Mrs. WAM did not find humor in your response whatsoever. ...but I did!

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Apparently the chickens are baiting them just fine

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WAM-
You got some good answers, but I need to know if you are using live traps, or steel, and whether you care if you catch cats, skunks, possums, etc. also. I would suppose any critter heading into the hen house would be fair game?

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Sardines and peanut butter mixed to a paste. Attactive and it stays where you put it.

I have some good coon recipes as well!

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Evidently chickens are the best bait

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Turn about is fair play. Need a good coon recipe? It is the other, other red meat.

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WA,

When we had our ranch in Montana, I found a can of commercial cat food worked, but be careful, skunks like it too. In fact, I set up camera to make sure what might be coming to the trap before eventually setting it.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

When I was a youngster, a friend's dad was the local go-to person on trapping knowhow. He used to take sardines and mix them with tree moss. It did work. I asked him what the tree moss did that the sardines didn't and he said that was what an old-timer had showed him, and that it always worked better than anything else he tried, so he quit questioning it....

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from 007 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

One of the local experts says peanut butter and mini marshmallows. Sardines attract every skunk, possum, and housecat in the surrounding zip code.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Double naught,

Back when I was a yonker and made a good deal of spending money by trapping old rocky I caught very, very few skunks and possums with my bait. It seemed to be finite to coons. Could be WV skunks and possums have different tastes that GA skunks and possums. LOL!

Cheers!

Bee

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I have had good success with one half of a fresh ripe peach. It will not attract cats. Good luck.

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Any and all types of fish, believe me this is from experience.

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from country road wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Marshmallows by themselves work pretty well and won't attract other critters, at least that's always been true for me. Those other mixtures work fine, but after you've released the neighbors pet Persian cat for the third time, you'll start considering the marshmallows. Never mixed them with peanut butter, but should be outstanding.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Trapping coons around the hen house is easy. what you need is a five gallon pail, a 330 conibear, and a slice of bread with a broken egg with shell tossed in the back of the pail. Set the 330 in front of the pail laying horizontally on the ground next to the hen house and wire the trap to the hen house. cover the pail and trap jaws a bit with tall grass and leaves , then remove dead coon the next morning and repeat for a few nights. till said bandits are furs on the shed wall . I have yet to meet a coon that wont fall for a an egg at a hen house and live to tell the tale of it with said set.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

MMMMMMMHHHMMMMM sardines and peanut butter.... I bet that'd hairlip the Pope....

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

'neck,

do get it on you or it will own you!

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Damn keyboard...

Don't get it on you or it will own you!

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

My friend's dad stressed that the moss was key to his mix. Otherwise you would catch everything but 'coons. Sounds like to me the compounding of things may be the key.

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from huskerguy wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I've used peanut butter and marshmallows

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Honey, p-nut butter and kernel corn. That is what we used up around Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, and rocky and his coon mates walked right into the traps. Seems they got a sweet tooth...good luck.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Country road beat me to it. Marhmallows alone will not attract your neighbors cat.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Bee, guess we've spoiled ours or else they're immune. Cheers to you too!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Count,

I bet those Shagit County coons have the same tastes as the Snohomish County one did.

Who said anything about releasing the neighbor's housecats?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Happy Myles,

I would not mind getting rid of a few skunks too.

WAM

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Wam I've caught many coons (no skunks or cats) on the roasted in the shell peanuts I use to catch those damnable squirrels that strip my nut trees every fall.

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from Happy Myles wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WAM
I would not mind getting rid of a few skunks either....Kindest Regards

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from huntnfishnut wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I know the critters really like our dogfood

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Sourdough

Mrs. WAM did not find humor in your response whatsoever. ...but I did!

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Apparently the chickens are baiting them just fine

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WAM-
You got some good answers, but I need to know if you are using live traps, or steel, and whether you care if you catch cats, skunks, possums, etc. also. I would suppose any critter heading into the hen house would be fair game?

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from jay wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

I don't condone this but ....

I know a hog farmer that have a very bad problem with critters getting into his feed. He mixes sardines with a product called "Golden Malrin" that you can purchase at your local farm store. Golden Malrin's intended use is to kill flies however folks have found other purposes for it. Typically after a critter eats this stuff; they can't move more than a few feet away, sometimes their head hits the plate of this stuff. I personally wouldn't use it, poisoning is probably illegal, so you have to be able to look yourself in a mirror. Obviously, the farmer didn't have a problem with it.

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