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I began trapping because we had yotes decimating our deer herd in an Urban county here in Ga. I did not have a mentor and I guess that was good in a sense because it forced me to learn on my own by reading, studying and watching DVD's and Youtube. Mostly, it was from experimentation in the field. I did have people who substantially influenced my education as a Trapper. #1 was Craig O'Gorman. While I did not take personal lessons from him, I did read everything I could get my hands on that he wrote. I've studied his methology and logic and use many of his tactics and techniques on my line and in my business. No doubt, he was a Coyote killing machine. His book "Hoofbeats of a Wolfer" with all of the updates and Clint's book "Eastern Wolfer" are my go to books that I read over and over again, because each time I do, I learn something new or see something I didn't see the time before. I feel a connection thru those books to the trappers of long ago, Vernon Dorn, Keith Gregerson, and many others all the way back to the western trappers, some of who's tactics I incorporate into my system today. Mark June has also been an influence. Major Boddicker has been another major influence and I find his work most intriguing. I did take personal lessons from Scott Rainbolt in Morristown, Tennessee and learned much from him. But my job is to incorporate what I have learned from these guys and integrate that knowledge into my own system. I have since developed my own ADC business and website. I intend to work to build a client base so that when I retire from my regular job, I can go directly into Trapping and ADC work Full Time. That is my goal. So, thanks to the many Trappers that have come before us who were unselfish enough to share their extensive knowledge with us and give us many years of a head start. I for one appreciate it. Who was your mentor and influenced your trapping career the most?
Tim Ivey Feb 7 '13 · Comments: 18
OK....I need input....


Rebar stakes are out of the equation for keeping coyotes from running off..... 

(done had one pull a stake and run off with my trap)

It's hard enough to get an (18") 1/2" stake pounded into the ground....so a longer stake really ain't an option.....


The "disposable" POS berkshires...I get about 3/4 of it in the ground and then the end bends flat...(try bedding a trap like that....it doesn't work very well)


Drags may be my only option BUT......

What do you do with the chain or cable....?????  Just cover it....???

Which one is better....???

How long does the chain or cable need to be.....????

What about scent control on it.....?????



Joshua Marshall Feb 1 '13 · Comments: 16
G'day ya'll, hows that for deep south. 
Mark Lamb Feb 1 '13 · Comments: 15
Ok, let's talk about it. I am putting together my arsenal for next year. I am planning on buying some new traps. They need to be offset per state law. Modified, 2 or 4 coil, size trap, and brand will be the discussion. Let'er rip!
Kris Jones Mar 21 '13 · Comments: 13
Anyone else have a humorous tale to share on here?


Here is my latest. I had a guy ask me if I could come catch a coon for him that had been knocking over  his trash can outside the house. Since he lived on the edge of town I asked if he was sure it was a coon. He said that he was sure because he had seen it come through the yard and knock over the can a few times. I then made the mistake of asking how big it was. His reply was '' it's so big he is punting the trash can through the yard like a football''. Lol

Sierra Deitz Feb 8 '13 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 12
I believe that the MB650 ILOL OS is the finest coyote and bobcat trap made in my opinion. Huge pan, 4 coiled, beds like a dream, night latched, low pan for deep foot catches. I sacrifice financially in other areas of my lifestyle because with the ADC work I do on Farms, I cannot afford to lose an animal that can later kill a $750-$900 prime breeding heifer.
Tim Ivey Feb 14 '13 · Comments: 11
ok.. first time EVER trapping.. this year.. just got 2 sets made up one blind set and one bobcat dirt hole set. dirt hole had 2 Bridger #3s, fully laminated Canadian jaws, modified... the whole 9 yards. went to check it for the first time and traps was gone!!! screen for one of the pans all chewed up.. one anchor was pulled and the other was simply unhooked from the trap and was still in ground. totally legal to trap where I was.. and the blind set I had got dug up.. sooo im off to  a realllllllyyyy bad start. I figure somebody's dog got in the dirt hole set and they got mad and took my traps. I have permission to trap and again.. totally legal to be here. really sucks...
Josh Kelly Jan 1 '14 · Comments: 9
What do y'all like better dp's or footholds for coons?
Tanner Clites Feb 5 '13 · Comments: 9
I am looking at buying some more mixed species traps for coyote/bobcat/fox.  I only have 4 predator traps (2 Bridger #2's and 2 MB 550).  Anyone have any experience with the new Bridger 1.75?  For conversation you have limited traps and $40 would you go wih 2 MB 550's or 4 laminated Bridger 1.75's?  Lets throw 3 modified Bridger #2's in the mix too.
Eric Collop Feb 24 '13 · Comments: 8

From a Blog about Wildlife Control that I write for the Patch in my hometown

 

Before I get into the meat of this blog, I would like to say Thank You to the Walton County citizens who are responsible pet owners. By that I mean the ones who follow the ordinances concerning free roaming animals. I'm not going to quote them here because they are available for viewing on the Walton County website. Every year I run a trapline here in Walton, I will catch a free roaming dog or cat on occasion. Last year, on the Farm, I was checking traps and found one tripped in a pasture. I figured that it had been tripped by a deer and didn't think much about it. The scents, lures and baits I use on my line are specific chemical triggers that are instinctively very attractive to canines and cats. A few days later, the landowner called me and said he had received a very unkind phone call about me catching this owner's dog in a trap. He also told me that someone had trespassed onto his property and shot one of the coyotes I had caught 3 times in the head. I asked the landowner for the person's number and called them back. I found that the owner that lived across the lake lets his dog run loose quite a bit. He told me that it got caught in one of my traps on the Farm and he came over and let it loose. He also told me he shot the coyote that was in the other trap. I proceeded to inform him in a calm, clear but matter of fact way that:

1. It is clearly against State law for anyone to touch my traps but myself and the DNR.

2. He had trespassed twice onto this landowner's property to retrieve his dog and execute a wild animal that I had caught, which is also against State law.

I explained to him that I was under contract on this landowner's property thru the cattle birthing season and if I had any more issues with him or his dog, I would pay him a visit with Walton Animal Control, the DNR and the Walton County Sheriff's Department in tow. He then began backing up saying he tried to keep his dog up but it "got out sometimes"

Fortunately, I did not have any more issues other than I caught a wild pregnant feral bitch dog with no collar in a trap near the slough and some feral cats. The other day as I was setting traps back on this property for the upcoming calf season again, guess what I found. This perps' dog tracks AGAIN, on the Farm and they had come from the same house across the slough. So, trying to keep from catching it again, I went back up the logging road, further onto the cattle farm property and set my trap. Guess what, yesterday when I was running the line, I found that trap tripped and sitting outside of the trap bed. I have just installed brand new springs on my traps for this upcoming season and there is no way any canine could have escaped and left the trap as it was.

I will be back there today checking for footprints. If I find human tracks leading to the trap and back to that house, guess who I'm gonna call? Perhaps this guy didn't "understand" what I explained to him last year so an explanation from a Law Enforcement officer might get through to him. For the readers on the Patch, I am going to explain how I handle a caught domestic on my trapline. The technology of the traps today is much improved over the past. The jaws are very smooth and due to the design of a coyote's larger front foot, they are designed to hold them as you would grab someone by the wrist and hold on tight. They are designed with the animal's comfort in mind. They are NOT designed to injure, maim or anything of the sort. This is untrue propaganda put out by PETA and the HSUS to further their agenda. It is also to envoke emotional responses from the person who is uneducated in the realities of the major benefits my Profession provides. Many times I walk up on coyotes asleep in my traps. Any animal I catch other than Coyotes I released unharmed.

When I catch a domestic dog on my line:

1. I look to see if it has a collar and Rabies tag. If so, and it is friendly enough, I will release it and contact Walton Animal control to pick it up. I am not going to waste my time contacting an irresponsible pet owner to return his pet. He is going to Walton Animal.

2. If I catch a dog with no collar or Rabies tag. I leave it in the trap until Walton Animal Control can arrive. I have been dog bit before and I don't know if this animal is infected or not. The same goes for cats, domestic or feral.

There was a time when I was very young and lived in the country that my grandad had six dogs that stayed in his yard whenever he was outside, but I remember many nights lying in bed with the window open listening to those same dogs running deer, bobcats or whatever. Times have changed and laws have changed. You can be financially devastated if you have, what Georgia law considers a Vicious Dog", and it gets out and bites a child.

I am just asking the good citizens of Walton to be responsible. If you choose to have a pet, you assume the responsiblility and liability that comes with that decision.

Tim Ivey Feb 17 '13 · Comments: 7
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