NEW Modern Trapping Series Part 4 More Trap mechanics

By | November 3, 2022

Exploring more Trap mechanics


Okay In the next trap we're going to talk About is our paw encapsulating trap or What we call cuffs and this is one Right here that I use all the time And you can see it's got the Trap it's Got a chain it's got a swivel on the Chain and it has a locking device that I Can use for a standoff cable I just wrap Those standoff cables around the tree Lock this dude on shove this thing in The dirt bait it up it's ready to go the Speed of these traps and the efficiency At catching targeted type animals which Are your smaller predatory animals like Your egg eaters skunks possums Coons is Unmatched in The Chopping world no Question about it and they're very very Simplistic the one thing this trap has To have and now we're getting into a Higher Arena of trapping is this trap Has to have bait The Connor bear or body grip and the Snare don't rely on bait they rely on Location more than bait now you can bait A body grip trap To get an animal to walk through it you Can bait the other side things like that But they're more for blind sets or run Sets and things like that than they are Or box sets and in a box set you would Put some bait inside to get the animals To go into the box however for the most Part those traps can be used with no

Bait whatsoever so they take less Equipment and less forethought unless Things like I have to have bait now to Get the animal to come to this trap they Rely on location To get the job done so that's the Beginning now we're getting into Something we have to have bait for so Let's talk about how this trap Works Basically you have a canister here That has a lever inside of it that moves Back and forth right here at the top And you have a dog here that swings into The trigger basically so that when the Trigger is pulled it releases this Trigger which releases the spring into Spring has basically a u on the bottom Of it to handcuff the animal's foot or Paw inside this trap so that he can't Get away and you stick it into the Ground and then you chain it to Something so you can't go anywhere he's Going to be alive or you get there for Sure bear that in mind if you catch a Skunk okay So how we set this trap is very very Simple we're going to squeeze down on That spring and push the dog over the Top and hold the dog Just like that in our hand Swing the lever back And push it over the top just like that Now the Trap is set anything that pulls On this

From underneath on on the inside so You're going to put food bait inside Here what I find works very well is just Corn and cat food mixed up in a jar Together thrown in there a little bit of Fish oil on the trailer or whatever Where you're trying to get the animal to Come to this trap maybe a little fish on The outside of the Trap He's going to be there they can't resist It so Now this trap is set again this is a Trap that you could Carry into the wood set however banging It around is probably going to knock That dog off the trigger so what do guys Do to circumvent that I'll show you What you can do is take a piece of Three-quarter inch PVC and stick it in That tube So that when this thing releases Yeah There we go I was pushing against the Trigger it's a pull trigger now you only Have to squeeze the spring down short Ways to set this traffic and cut that Piece of PVC off about right here That gives you the ability to carry this Trap virtually preset the reason you Want to do that is because any of these Things that have Springs that you have To manipulate in cold weather if you Don't have assisting setting type tools It becomes a pain when you're out on the

Line so having them in a semi preset or Preset position makes your job much Faster and easier when you're out in That cold weather on the line because All this stuff can be done at the line Shack in the shed in the cabin in the House in the garage whatever before you Go out on the Trap line so real quick Before we move on let's talk about the Difference between what I would call a Paw encapsulating trap which was this Trap that we just looked at and a Foothold which the next shop we're going To look at remember that this trap is Called a dog proof because it takes an Animal that has articulating fingers to Get in there and be able to try to pull Bait out To set that trigger off and there's been Many many times believe it or not I've Caught Coons with both hands in that Thing at the same time they'll get both Of their arms in there and they'll go to Dig and try to pull that bait out to Their mouth and they'll get both hands Locked in that trap at the same time I've had it happen on multiple occasions Even though a hole is only about this Big around a has no problem getting Both front feet in there to dig that Food out and it's going to trap them in The forearm that's why I say it's a paw Encapsulating trap it's going to catch Their whole front of their leg in there

A lot of times not just a pad of their Foot That's a difference but because it's a Dog proof trap pretty much cat proof I Understand a cat catching one either it May happen but I've never seen it The point is if you're using these traps Around a domestic area where you're Trying to eliminate predatory animals Around chicken coops and things like That or Gardens that kind of stuff Coming up eating cat food off your porch These type traps will catch those Animals without catching your domestics Okay so now we're going to move into What I would call foothold type traps And the first one we're going to talk About is a double long spring and again These traps are made to capture the Animal's foot the distance between this Pan And the top of these Jaws is how much That animal is going to be in the Trap So you can see this trap here is fairly Small this is for like a raccoon in a Water set and there's probably an inch And a half maybe two inches of space Right here And a raccoon's paw is that long okay so When he puts his paw in there trips that Trap he's gonna have his paw in there It's not a leg hole type trap normally You're going to get animals lugging this Thing is if you accidentally chop The

Mink in here or something maybe you Might get deep on his leg but if your Intention is to catch Coons in a water Set and that's what you're trapping for You're most likely not going to catch I'm making a trap like this although it Can happen so there are no absolutes in Trapping there's no question about that But you can use certain traps for Certain things with the intention of not Catching non-target species so let's Talk about this trap for a minute again Same rules apply we have a spring-loaded Device just like we had on every other Trap that closes these jaws and you have Two jaws that close here these are Non-off set Jaws we'll talk about offset Jaws in a minute you have a pan and you Have basically a dog right here that Catches on the pan and so you lift this Up into the dog With the Jaws underneath it and that's What sets the Trap so let's take this Down the stump real quick and look out Same rules apply we got a trap chain on Here this has got two swivels one swivel Mid chain One swivel at the end of the chain we've Got two swivels on this trap all right Coons and things like that tend to Thrash around a lot and mess around a Lot wrap around a lot of things so it's Good to have more swivels on those type Traps

Now a trap like this can have either a Spring on one side like a cona bear has A spring on one side and a 110. working Out Springs on both sides like this one Does which is the difference between a Single long spring and a double long Spring double long Springs obviously Going to give you more power more Closing power and The Traps are usually Numbered and the numbers don't make any Sense in the world anymore but I think This is a number two Victor This is an older trap now A coil spring trap on the other hand has Coiled Springs That operate those levers instead of Having a spring-loaded device here this Lever is spring loaded to close these Jaws and this one has offset Jaws it's a Coyote trap and these have offset Jaws In them so that when they clamp down on The pad they're really not clamping down On the bone they're clamping around the Bone and just capturing the pad in there And again if you look at this trap the Distance between this pan going off Being level and the top of this trap is Probably two and a half inches and a Dog's foot is pretty big I've never Caught a coyote on one of these traps That had his whole leg in the Trap it's Always his foot sometimes a little Deeper sometimes a little more shallow Sometimes you catch them by the first

Set of pads sometimes you catch them Right below in that Palm pad area but Catching them right between those two is The awesome catching a trap like this Okay let's go down to the stump we'll Look about setting these types of traps Okay so let's talk about setting these Tracks now One thing that we didn't talk about was Sensitivity on these traps and how hard They have to step on the trap to set it Off these older traps don't have a lot Of leeway as far as setting the pan Tension of the Trap you can bend this up A little bit to push that dog further Into the pan And that gives you a little bit more or You can pull it back to make it a Lighter trigger but newer traps have a Screw device in here I'm sorry in here Where the pans at that will actually Tighten that pan so it's harder to push It down Again looking at this from a non-target Species animal if you're looking at this To catch something large you want more Pan tension on that thing so he's Actually got to commit his weight to it That way if something stumbles into your Trap set that's lighter weight than your Pant tension allows the trap to be set Off if you don't catch a non-target Animal a coyote or a bobcat is going to Commit to that trap they're going to put

The full weight of their paw right in That thing trying to get their nose in a Hole you're not or digging you're not Going to have to worry too much about That so when you're going to set these Traps what you have to do is you have to Number one move the dog Out of the way And then you need to compress these Springs down On both sides just like this And open the jaws and then you can hold The Trap by the frame in the jaw To keep it open all right This is called the strong jaw this is The one that's being held in place by The dog which is keeping this spring From popping up and closing this trap This is called the weak jaw so when we Get this trap set when we come in here And push this in and push that pan up on Top of that dog Just like that We've got it set in place now we can Relax this jaw will move and articulate That's why it's called the weak jaw the Strong jaw is the one that won't move And then you can adjust these Springs Forward toward the strong jaw so that The weak jaw will lay flat if you don't Do that your weak jaw is not going to Lay very flat in the set it's going to Be poked up so you've got to adjust These forward a little bit like this

To drop that weak jaw and now when the Animal comes in and steps on the pan [Music] His foot and caught in the Trap okay Just like that it's that simple Now a coil spring on the other hand And this one does have a bolt in the pan You can see right here That makes that pan either harder or Less hard to push up and down All right So a coil spring trap basically uses Springs to lift these levers up the Lever itself is not a spring And so you have two coils here and Sometimes you have four coils you have Two on this side and two on this side Obviously four coils are stronger than Two two long Springs is stronger than One but I've never found a double I've Never found a single coil spring that Wouldn't hold the coyote yet especially One in this size so what you have to do With these is you have to again get the Dog out of your way And you have to push these arms down and Open Jaws once you do that you can again Hold that jaw down With your hands and push that dog over The top slide that pan over the dog And again you have a weak jaw and a Strong jaw but you don't have to move Anything out of the way for that trap to Lay flat now you can get this wheat jaw

Up and as long as you're operating Underneath this weak jaw you can't get Caught in the Trap then you can come in Here you can level this pan out or click It to a night latch it has a night latch On it which is just a step in that Trigger so that you know the pan is Level even in the dark and it's just About ready to go off that's just about Level right there now if I set this trap Off with my hand underneath this weak Jaw Let me get my hand out of the way of the Spring moving up You'll see My hands aren't in the Trap if I go Inside those jaws to mess around then my Hands inside the Trap and if it goes off My hand is going to be in the Trap as Well not going to be pleasant on a trap This side for sure okay They make devices you can use to slide Over these that extend the length of These to get leverage on them to set Them easier I generally just wear gloves And set them in the field but again That's one of the disadvantage of traps Like this is you have to set these on Location you can't preset them like you Can some other traps now traps like this Have advantages and disadvantages the Advantage of these traps is you can use These anywhere you can use these in the Water you can use them on land it

Doesn't really matter however on land You're better off probably with Something like this it takes up less Footprint in the ground for a trap bed Than big long Springs folded backwards Especially something big enough to catch A coyote but I have caught bobcats in a Double long spring trap I have videos on It on my channel so they'll catch Anything there's just better Applications for these traps depending On what they are and where you're Trapping and what you're trapping Okay so now let's talk about live Traffic straps and they make these Straps from small enough for squirrel to Big enough for things like Hogs even big Enough with things like bear depending On what you're trying to catch live Traps are good in the fact that number One The animal is always going to be alive When you get there and if you get a Non-target species you can always Relocate or release The problem with a live trap is they Take up a lot of room to carry them Around and you have to get the animal to Go inside the Trap which is sometimes More difficult but you have to Camouflage out to think he's going in Some kind of a dead or a hole sometimes And he's going to hide more than he's Going into a box because it's difficult

Sometimes you get them to do that unless You just overpower their sense of feed And they go in there to eat and they Really don't care but camouflaging these Traps is important we'll talk about that We talk about setting these traps right Now we're just talking about the Mechanism themselves and how they set And operate so let's look at one of These on the table Okay so I've got this trap in this set Position right now basically you have a Swinging door here on the front of the Trap you have an L Bar here that's Holding that door open that comes over Here and bends into another L that's got A piece of tubing on it or a hole in it That the pan Rod slides up into So that it can't move When the animal walks into the traps When the animal goes into the Trap and Generally the bait will be back in here Somewhere and steps on the pan he drops The door the door slams down it's spring Loaded So it can open back up and the animals In the cage So what you do with this is you push This spring-loaded mechanism has a latch On here you pick that up and swing that Backwards and lift the door up You then take this bar you rotate it on The door so it's holding the door up You take the pan rod and lift it up to

The hole Lifting up the pan and setting the Trap And again all it takes is for the trap To be the pan to be pushed down by Pressure and the animal is going to be Caught inside the Trap they're very very Effective easy traps to use they're Great traps for around the homestead Things like that for predatory animals That are getting into your chicken coop Things like that or your garden because Again if you choose to you can live Release that animal somewhere else and Get them away from your property Or you can't have animal control or a Nuisance Chopper come and pick him up or A nuisance Shopper will come out Probably in some stage like this for you And take the animal away at a certain Cost whatever that is for that Trapper Okay so that's live traps and they all Work virtually the same way they have a Pan they have a bar that pulls the door Up with the pants pushed down the door Falls and the animals stuck inside Again Lots of volume here So it would take the whole back of a Four-wheeler to put 12 of these in you Know where I could put 12 Cuffs in The bottom of a five gallon buck and Have room for 20 more

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