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I was at the local pawn shop today and I picked up a few traps. I got a medium sized, havahart style live trap, paid $30 for it, I think I got a good deal. (they also have a slightly larger one for sale that I didnt pick up for $45. Do ya'll think it would be a good deal?) I also bought a ankle trap. I dont know how else to describe it, for $10 dollars. I got the less rusty of the two in stock. Was it a good deal?

But while I was there they had a trap that I haven't seen before. It was sort of U shaped, and it had "hook brackets" coming out of the top. I'm going to go back tomorrow and pick up the other ankle trap, maybe the larger live trap, and possibly these hooks traps if I figure out what they are. But I will take a picture of them and try to post it to help ya'll understand what I'm talkin about.

But yeah. Aside from all that, I'm interested in trapping, let's talk about that.

Thanks for all responses.

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trapping and snaring are great survival skills to know. They take practice to be effective. Best advice...study the habits and habitats of the animals you want to trap in your area.
Leg hold traps come in different sizes as do the connibear type body traps.
Different sizes for different animals obviously. Have lots of 11/2 leg holds perhaps a few 3s for beaver. Connibears ...go with 110s 220s and a couple of 330s.
Also look at the lil griz type dog proof **** traps. Raccoons are everywhere and have a lot of meat and fat calories on them.
Good luck and have fun Read read read and then get out and practice
 

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I'm trying to find stores in my area that will sell conibear traps. Do you know any stores that would sell them, or are they something I have to order online?

The way I see it is post SHTF people are going to go be out trapping and hunting. But the way people made money in the gold rush wasn't mining gold, but it was selling shovels and pickaxes. :p
 

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Now that you are developing an interest, you might consider a good general trapping book to show you how to use each type of trap. A good place to start is fur-fish-game magazine. They sell a great older book titled "Trapping north American Furbearers" for about $10. The trap supply companies who advertise in the magazine are great sources for new traps and other equipment.

http://www.furfishgame.com/shop_online/ffg_book_market.php
 

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I would have to agree that I would go through an on line dealer, especially for Conibear traps. You can usually get 4-6 x 220's for the price of a live trap sized for a ****. 110's are quiet a bit cheaper and are great for Cotton Tails and Squirrels. If one or two are discovered and stolen then you havent lost nearly as much as if they were live traps. The down side on conibears is they are kill traps and if you are running them on a trap line for food you will want to check them often. But they are pretty compact and you can carry a gang of them into the woods to run a trap line.
 

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If you have a "Harbor Freight Tools" or similar low-priced tool store near you, check them out. HF usually has good prices on live animal traps.
The hf traps are complete junk. Any animal thats left in confinement for a length of time will find a way out, unless it is a rock solid trap, that cant be opened from the inside. Just my 2 cents.
 

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The hf traps are complete junk. Any animal thats left in confinement for a length of time will find a way out, unless it is a rock solid trap, that cant be opened from the inside. Just my 2 cents.
I don't have experience with their large traps so this could be. I do have a few of the small ones--for the smaller pests around the house perimeter--and they seem suitable for the small critters.
 

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I'm finding it difficult to find conibears anywhere locally so I think I may have to order them online. I guess I'm going to have to get one of those prepaid visas or something.

Which are better/more affective, or the pros and cons of conibear vs leg clamp traps?

Leg traps seems like the may be more inhumane, but also seem like they have a chance of just destroying an animal. (I dropped an apple in one last night) With a leg trap I think you would have more variety of game to catch, being able to catch larger animals as well as smaller ones, but a conibear or simmilar you may just pinch the nose of a larger animal.

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if you are that interested in trapping, find someone local to show you. Not trying to be critical, but It sounds like you have no idea what kind of animal you are going after or what your purpose is ie fur, food, nuisance. each trap size is geared for certain animal/size. Each animal requires a certain type of bait/lure and trap location. conibears are a water trap for muskrat and beaver. They don't pinch,, they kill! There is a lot to trapping rather than setting! trapperman.com is a wealth of information. I'm with a group that runs a 11 mile trap line in the hills of Ohio by atv in the winter. success is very difficult. catch and release bobcat is not easy either!
 

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if you are that interested in trapping, find someone local to show you. Not trying to be critical, but It sounds like you have no idea what kind of animal you are going after or what your purpose is
That is a fair assessment. I honestly just picked up a live trap at a garage sale and now am hooked. I live in a "rural city" with city ordinances for the most part, so I'm not even sure if trapping's legal, but I'm just trying to gather as much information and resources as possible.
 

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Harbor Freight Folding traps are garbage. Mine is a garbage can in my garage.
For $29.99 goto tractor supply warehouse and get the medium packed inside the large live trap. Mine are going on 2 years heavy use outside and still work.

Check http:\\sportsmansguide.com for the other traps, they sell them cheap. Like the 110, bear traps, etc just need to keep an eye when their in stock.

I use mine for critters around my chicken coupe.
 

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Harbor Freight Folding traps are garbage. Mine is a garbage can in my garage.
I went and checked some out today, they are only colapsable in the sense that they are flimsy, poorly made, and squashed if applied pressure too.

Yes, garbage.

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I found this site, http://www.minntrapprod.com/index.php they seem to have some great deals. I'm thinking about stocking up on some Duke 110 magnums. maybe a few dozen.
 

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I'm finding it difficult to find conibears anywhere locally so I think I may have to order them online. I guess I'm going to have to get one of those prepaid visas or something.

Which are better/more affective, or the pros and cons of conibear vs leg clamp traps?

Leg traps seems like the may be more inhumane, but also seem like they have a chance of just destroying an animal. (I dropped an apple in one last night) With a leg trap I think you would have more variety of game to catch, being able to catch larger animals as well as smaller ones, but a conibear or simmilar you may just pinch the nose of a larger animal.

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The biggest differene is in the technque you use as a "set" to employ the trap. I started out with leg holds and quickly went to conibears. I feel they are more humane and give me more options in what "sets" I use. You do need to use the proper sized Conibear for the animal targeted. A 220 in a bucket set with a can of sardines in the back of a 5 gallon bucket will dispatch the biggest **** or even a Bobcat. It may also work for a small coyote as well. Trying to use a 220 for a rabbit over a den hole opening will likely not prove nearly as effective as a 110 in the same "set". A properly sized conibear will quickly kill and dispatch a animal in short order making it far more "humane" than a leg hold. Thats not to say that Leg Hold traps dont have a place and cant be used effectively in certian types of "sets". I still have a couple of them as well as live traps but have and use conibears far more!!!
 

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I'm finding it difficult to find conibears anywhere locally so I think I may have to order them online. I guess I'm going to have to get one of those prepaid visas or something.

Which are better/more affective, or the pros and cons of conibear vs leg clamp traps?

Leg traps seems like the may be more inhumane, but also seem like they have a chance of just destroying an animal. (I dropped an apple in one last night) With a leg trap I think you would have more variety of game to catch, being able to catch larger animals as well as smaller ones, but a conibear or simmilar you may just pinch the nose of a larger animal.

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My first reply didnt post not sure whats up with that but I will try to post again.

I would definitely go on line to get your conibear traps. They are available at Bass Pro Shop if there is one near you but cost more than the same trap on line even when shipping is added.

Both Conibears and Leg Holds are very effective. I consider conibears to be more humane in most cases as they kill not just hold and animal. This prevents them from sometimes flailing around and further injuring themselves. Both traps have a place and a time and will "pick up the check" for you.

I have Conibears, Live Traps and Leg Holds and I prefer conibears in more applications than I do any others. I find them to be more effective. You have to learn about trapping, how to employ a particular "set" for a targeted animal and use the proper size trap and you wont have to worry about " just pinching the nose on a larger animal". It is true though that you wont likely catch a Coyote in a 110 conibear, but set the same trap over the den hole opening for a cotton tail rabbit will likely result in successful catching of the target game. A 220 in a 5 gallon bucket set with a can of sardines placed in the back of the bucket is brutally effective for *****, Oppossum or a Bobcat.
 

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I too perfer the conibear but I think it's important that you learn to use a variety of traps and snares. As mentioned in the other posts read all you can find and visit trapperman, but it would be best to learn from an experienced trapper. Also important to check out your state laws as most require a fur bearers license and of course there are legal trapping seasons. There can be laws concerning legal traps and legal sets. Also I know my state does and probably most other states require your traps to be taged with your name and address. Just make sure you check out the legal stuff. One more thing, remember that traping and hunting is not popular or tolerated by some of the tree huggers we have to share the outdoors with, be prepared to lose some gear. Good luck
 

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Pm me, I found a catalog that was sent to me free from a trapping and fur company. It had tons of info, and well worth the read. Talk about trap prep, and all accessories, etc...

And their prices were reasonable too..

Need to find if it's in the bathroom or computer room to get the name.
 
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