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Discussion in 'Trapping' started by Snareman2, Jun 17, 2008.
Might buy another dozen traps. What do you guys like? Thanks
I use #3 bridgers and really like em and I havent done any modifications on em.
I use a #2 bridger w/ offset jaws and 4 coils. This is plenty, maybe too much according to some professional coyote trappers I know. It gets the job done none the less!
I like either Bridgers. #3 are preferred by most western coyote trappers and can be used legally here. I do recommend lamination on them though. I've held coyotes regularly in #2 Bridgers tricked out. I know a guy that held every he caught in 1.5 double jaw Dukes.
Kytrapper, I have held a coyote in a 1.5 before also. Thanks guys, looks like Bridger is the main choice.
we got a dozen 1.75 victors base plates,4 coils ,short chain ,double stake swivels best coyote trap I have evere set. Will hold any thing your gonna catch around here.
Itchy and I are running bridgers#2 off sets that have been modified....We have had good luck with them....He likes yote trapping alot more than I do....They stink to much for me...give me a skunk any day of the week and I skin it with a smile...cant say the same for a flea bag yote
I love my Duke #3's, I change the chain and add crunch proof swivels. I actually 4 coiled 2 dozen of them last year and I really liked that modification. It helps bust through the frozen crust. I must not know how to measure trap jaw spreads, because all the Bridger #3's I have measured have been 6 1/8th inches. I have a dozen Bridger #2's that I only changed the swivels on and I have caught and held coyotes with no problems. For the money, I would buy the Bridger's. They will perform well with no mods. Most trappers love to modify their traps, and I am in that segment.
Peckprice, I was actually looking at Dukes for awhile. The #3 offset are $105.95/dozen with 6" spread. They also have a 1 3/4 four coil offset for $99.95/dozen with 5 1/4" spread. What do you think about them? Thanks.
I use the Duke 1 & 3/4 all the time works great for me.
The majority of the traps I set are Dukes, but I have given them some tender loving care. Replaced the trap pan bolt and nut, changed the chain and swivel set up, etc. The #3 Dukes have a heavy frame that I find no reason to base plate. The Taos 4 coil kits haven't bothered the frame at all on the #3's. The Dukes have been given a bad name, but I have had great luck with them.
I'm a fan of the Sleepy Creek 1.75........ I also use a few Victor 1.75 and haven't had any issues with them either.... I think a Bridger #2 or #3 is hard to beat...
Peckprice is correct about the #3 Bridgers. The ones that I have measured would need some inside lamination to bring them down to 6" inside spread.
The Canadians double laminate their's and according to their tests they held 100% of coyotes.........if you can believe BMP's.
When we first got the 6 inch jawspread clarification, my coyote catch went way up, but at the same time, I started paying more attention to set details. When you bed a big trap, say a #3, you have a bigger dirt pattern to blend in. When we are experiencing freeze/thaw conditions every night, I don't alway "blend" my trap beds in, I just use straight peat moss to cut down on the frozen crust on the trap bed. I have found that I have less refusals in these conditions with smaller trap beds, ie, smaller traps. Another problem I have had with the #3's is a gray fox will walk all over the trap pattern and miss the pan. My point is, I am actually planning on adding a couple dozen #2's or possibly 1 3/4's to my mixed bag predator line this year. But I plan on baseplating them, at the least.