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Trapping Raccoons

Trapping Raccoons

Trapping raccoons is not very difficult for a veteran or novice trapper. Locating raccoons is not too difficult either. When focusing on trapping raccoons you want to start your search near water such as creeks and ponds and also agricultural lands. Areas in between corn fields and wooded cover are great places to set traps when trapping raccoons. These are great places to place sets and to trap raccoons moving from denning to feeding areas.Trapping raccoons

Raccoons are opportunists they will eat any food that is available to them at the time. Raccoons are known to eat hundreds of different types of plant and animal species. Raccoons do however prefer plants over animals. Corn growers know this all too well. A raccoon will knock down a corn stalk to get to the ears. If you are looking for areas for trapping raccoons ask a local corn farmer more than likely they would love to have you get rid of their raccoon problem.

When trapping raccoons; keep the sets simple. You don’t need to make the sets perfect every time. Raccoons are indiscriminate furbearers; Because of this you can use many different sets and reuse traps that were intended for use on other species. This will save not only time but also money.

Trapping raccoonsTrapping raccoons can be done with many different traps. The 1.5 coil-spring with double jaws are great choice to aid in the stop loss factor. Also the 220 conibear placed in a bucket is another great choice for trapping raccoons. Check your local regulations for using bucket sets, they may vary from state to state. A baited bucket set can be a great choice simply because it is a very quick set to establish. If you have a cat or know someone who has a cat try to use the cat litter that comes in the square buckets. These buckets are almost the same size as the 220 conibear. With a few cut outs for the conibear before you hit the field you can have the bucket set in place in minutes.

Another great set when trapping raccoons is a PVC set. With this set you want to use a PVC pipe that is about 18 inches long. Place the pipe at about 45 degree angle in the ground. Then place the traps around the pipe, and but some bait in the pipe. The raccoons will circle around the pipe trying to retrieve the bait until they have been trapped. For raccoons almost any bait will draw their attention.

When placing traps for trapping raccoons you may want to consider gang setting the sets. This is done by placing multiple traps around one set. it is not uncommon to catch two or three raccoons in one location. Raccoons often travel in groups. It is worth your time to bed multiple traps in one location because you are already there and it only takes a few more seconds.

Trapping raccoons for fur doesn’t have the luxury of bring in a bunch of money from a raccoons fur like other furbearers. However raccoons more than make up for it by the ease of trapping raccoons and the high number a raccoon trapper can bring in. Trapping raccoons is the type of trapping that can be fun and a good place to start for a beginning trapper.

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