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This year I got into trapping and ran a dozen dog proof traps. I have a bait idea for next year that I wanted to run by you guys. What do you think about cutting circular pieces of sponge, the same diameter of the trap, and then putting them in a jar of bait (mostly sardine juice probably). When you want to bait the trap, you put a sponge in the bottom, when you pick up the trap, you put the sponge back in the jar to soak. What say you?

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I've always heard to use a large marshmellow. I've also seen people use dog food. I get the idea about using the sponge but I personally would not use it just in fear of a coon getting past the trap and getting the sponge and dying from it but thats just me.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I like the idea, and I like what thunderdog is saying. If it were a type of organic sponge, it'd be great. I would almost suggest tofu, yeah I know how it sounds. But that'd get expensive fast. I can't think of another natural substance that would be of similar texture.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Sounds like a good idea to me as long as you don't have to worry about freezing. If you are talking about coon cuffs, a marshmellow works pretty well and is easy to handle. If you are talking about preditors, freezing bait can interfere with operation of the trap.

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from santa wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

The Duke Dog Proof trap is a reverse trigger trap very simular to coon cuffs and works just as good. I have some of both as well as a bunch of home-made traps that incorperate features from both. I tried quite a few items for bait and found the most effective to be leftover fried chicken. I get mine from a local gas station that has a deli and buy their day old leftover fried chicken. The grease from the chicken does not have to be cleaned off when the traps are put up, and I actually add some of the old frying oil as an extra preservative. There is no nasty smell from sardine oil or stickness from marshmallows that I have delt with before.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I would advise against the sponge for the same reason thunderdog512 mentioned. If the coon gets away with a marshmallow, he live another day to be caught again. There's no pelt money in a coon that gets away and dies in a hole somewhere. Cheap dog food works really good in the dog proof traps. Fill the trap and bait the area around it with a tin can of dog food and put the can over the trap to keep the trap and bait dry and avoid depredation from crows. Interested animals will flip the can and keep putting their paws into the trap until all of the dog food is gone, thus maximizing your chances of capture. Good luck!

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I've always heard to use a large marshmellow. I've also seen people use dog food. I get the idea about using the sponge but I personally would not use it just in fear of a coon getting past the trap and getting the sponge and dying from it but thats just me.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I like the idea, and I like what thunderdog is saying. If it were a type of organic sponge, it'd be great. I would almost suggest tofu, yeah I know how it sounds. But that'd get expensive fast. I can't think of another natural substance that would be of similar texture.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Sounds like a good idea to me as long as you don't have to worry about freezing. If you are talking about coon cuffs, a marshmellow works pretty well and is easy to handle. If you are talking about preditors, freezing bait can interfere with operation of the trap.

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from santa wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

The Duke Dog Proof trap is a reverse trigger trap very simular to coon cuffs and works just as good. I have some of both as well as a bunch of home-made traps that incorperate features from both. I tried quite a few items for bait and found the most effective to be leftover fried chicken. I get mine from a local gas station that has a deli and buy their day old leftover fried chicken. The grease from the chicken does not have to be cleaned off when the traps are put up, and I actually add some of the old frying oil as an extra preservative. There is no nasty smell from sardine oil or stickness from marshmallows that I have delt with before.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I would advise against the sponge for the same reason thunderdog512 mentioned. If the coon gets away with a marshmallow, he live another day to be caught again. There's no pelt money in a coon that gets away and dies in a hole somewhere. Cheap dog food works really good in the dog proof traps. Fill the trap and bait the area around it with a tin can of dog food and put the can over the trap to keep the trap and bait dry and avoid depredation from crows. Interested animals will flip the can and keep putting their paws into the trap until all of the dog food is gone, thus maximizing your chances of capture. Good luck!

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