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Question by Big-Buk. Uploaded on August 07, 2010
Dog and cat food, syrup and peanut butter mixed up in like a dixie cup is like cheating, dixie cup with a splash of coke in it.
Those are my favorites with dog food at number 1 because its easy.
What can you use so you don't catch skunks?
I was told to open a can of sardines and use it, but I have found that leftover fried chicken works much better.
Lovetohunt, I make my own racoon traps and they work on the principle that a racoon will reach into the trap for the bait and once it is in their hand/paw they will not let go and they triger the trap when pulling the hand out therefore are caught.
Try one half of a fresh ripe peach, suspended from the top. It won't attract housecats and ants can't get at it. I have first-hand experience with this.
sardines,tuna or dog food all work.( caught 5 raccoons with these 3 foods)
Sardines or just leftovers from dinner work
My experience says a raccoon will eat nearly anything. Don't kind of trap?
All of the above work, but they will also catch the neighborhood cats, dogs, skunks, and many other non-target species. If you want to catch coons, marshmallows are about the best bait you can use. Sounds rediculous, but it works...I've trapped them for nuisance work before, and it's about the best coon specific bait you can find.
My question should say "What kind of trap?"
Use something stinky like tuna!
Bioguy---Thanks, you answered a question I was going to ask about baiting so the skunks wouldn't get in the trap. I've used marshmallows successfully for raccoons before, too, but not when there were skunks in the area as is now the case.
Raccoons are omnivores.Thus, they eat pretty much anything.A wide variety of baits will tickle their palates.Most of the wildlife trappers I know use a variety of foods,from wet or dry cat food,to white bread,to special raccoon trapping pastes.However, I've found that they love marshmallows like BioGuy said above and + 1 for you sir.Raccoons also love eggs and I think they are really drawn to the white color or the shape of it. A co-worker of mine caught raccoons with just white golf balls And they really have a sweet tooth, so marshmallows are excellent... Plus they are easy to transport and store, and they are clean and easy to use!!! :)
They do have commercial sent baits that are specific to coons. Sorry but I cant remember th name of the company. I sure it would be easy to find on the internet though. Apologise for not bein more help.
The reason I have used a front foot trap for racoons is that a racoon has an opposing thumb. Skunks have five toes on the front feet, but they are pigeon toed. Cats, skunks, and other animals that reach into a trap with a reverse trigger will not trip it when they pull their foot back out. When the racoon reaches into the trap and grabs the bait with the foot, it uses the thumb and holds the bait. When it tries to bring the foot out, it trips the reverse trigger that catches the foot. Commercial traps are available under brand names like *Lil Griz Grenade* , *Lil Griz Get'rz* , *Duffers Racoon Trap* , *Coon Cuffs Coon Trap* , and * Trap Master Coon Trap* . I merely bought one trap from a trapper's supply and used it to learn how it worked and then designed my own around common hardware and automotive store materials.
country road - be careful with Marshmallows if the skunks are "grubbin'." If they're grubbing, then anything small and white is fair game, and you may actually catch a skunk with marshmallows! You'll know if they are grubbing because your yard will likely be torn up in spots from them digging. However, in all the years I've used marshmallows as raccoon bait, I've only caught 1 skunk, so it's a very rare occurance. Good luck!
Dry roasted peanuts in the shell have caught many coons, possums and squirrels for me but not a single skunk in my havahart trap. Catch a skunk and you have got a problem.
tuna in oil plus vanilla extract and anise oil
Smoked oyster mixed with worstershire sauce and honey
In my opinion, a half of a can of tuna is perfect for catching coons.
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