NEW Modern Trapping Series Part 6 Trapping Equipment Small Body Grips

By | November 10, 2022

Looking at needed equipment for small body grip trapping

Morning guys I'm Dave Canterbury with Self reliance Outfitters in the Pathfinder school back out here at the Pathfinder Outdoor Classroom I thought We'd cover another segment in our series On trapping tools and talk a little About smaller Connor Bears larger Conovers require a few extra things like Stands and things of that nature smaller Kind of bears don't require that so as We're going you know with the most Simplistic type of trapping and Progressing our way through I think Smaller kind of bears like 110s 120s 160s are probably the next place to go Now as we said before Generally speaking that number is the Pound per square inch the Trap has when It closes however Different traps are different sizes when It comes to those numbers as well so 110 Is the same size diameter wise or in the Box As a 120 but a 120 has two Springs and a 110 has only one spring The advantage to the 110 or the 120 over 160 at least here in Ohio is that a 120 Can be set on dry land a 160 has to at Least be touching water A natural water source because of the Size of the opening and type animal to Get his head through that opening However a 120 is plenty big enough to Kill a mink it's plenty big enough to

Kill a muskrat so you can do a lot of Fun trapping with these things and it Doesn't take a lot of peripheral Equipment so let's talk about that Okay so the first thing we need to Understand is we're gonna need something To set this trap with now we can preset These Springs and we talked about that a Little bit in our trap mechanism video But carrying some type of a setting tool Doesn't take up a lot of room is always A good idea and again I'm always Thinking about five gallon buckets when I think about this simple traffic stuff This is going to stand right up in a Five gallon bucket and I take up a lot Of room it's not real heavy and it's a Good trap Setter if you have to do a Reset or something like that I always Encourage you to set your traps ahead of Time put the safety latches on them Before you get out there it just makes Things a lot faster Then you're going to Need a trap safety and with a 110 or a 120 you the 110s don't have a safety Catch on the spring Because there's only one spring you Definitely want to use something like This on top of that that just catches on The upper jaws And it's spring-loaded so that that trap Can't spring if some reason the trigger Is touched while you're setting the Trap

So you definitely want to use this with A 110. a 120 has got safety catches on The Springs but again it's always a good Idea to put that trap safety on there Before you undo those safety latches and This is the last thing you take with you I always have an orange cord on mine so I can kind of it stands out to me I need To leave it at the set when I get ready To go and it's big enough just to throw It around my neck if I need to on the Way out A piece of rope becomes a lot bigger Deal with larger Conover type traps to Get your stuff out of them and I've got Videos on how to do that in my older Shopping series but a piece of rope is Always a good idea to have with you just In case Again not such a big deal with smaller Kind of bears but a very big deal with Larger condimenters all right now that Pretty much takes care of our safety Equipment our setting equipment now Let's talk about the things we're going To use to create a set or make a trap Set on location it's pretty simple with These really all you need Tool wise you know I always go for That pair of fence plier that fence Pliers has got a pair it's got a hammer On it it's got a puller on it those are Important it's also got an opening big Enough to manipulate any quick links

That you're using so that's important as Well and it can cut wire And wire is one of the things that You're going to want to carry a small Gauge roll of wire that you can use to Wrap around a log or something like that From the spring eyes and spring eye to Lock that thing down on a log is Important depending on the tie trap you Buy some trap stands that you may buy Don't work as well as others the Belial Traps which are my favorite Trap by the Way have a little bit of a standoff Right here and they don't work real well With the plates that you just nail to a Log because they stand up too high to Lock into that plate but you really Don't need that if you're just going to Wrap those Springs down on the log and Then tie them off with a piece of wire It's very very simple so you need wire Cutters to cut that wire that's where The fence tool comes in now the other Good thing about them like I said you Can use them for muskrat and mink not Just on log Crossings but in areas where You have a small funnel like a tributary Or a creek that's coming into a larger Body of water a runoff area that is Generally wet that goes into another Body of water remember that make our Animals that are carnivores but they Hunt in the water or near the water so They travel on land as well so if you're

Putting this in a dry area where the Tributary coming in it's not always got Water in it it doesn't necessarily Matter and with the 120 you can get away With that because you don't have to have Water in there when you set the Trap Like you would a 160. so for that you May want some kind of stabilizers and I Would suggest carrying a small folding Saw like a Bako Something that's pretty indestructible And then I like to carry a small Claw Hatchet okay and these are antiques They don't really make these anymore but You can find these pretty readily online This is a plum the advantage of this is It has an ax if I need to cut steaks or Something like that or trim them down to A point but it also has a hammer and it Has a clawing for pulling things I've got that same type situation here For what we're going to talk about However the ax gives you other Advantages because it's heavier than That fence tool is one of the things That I do sometimes with these traps is When you're talking about anchoring a Trap even though it's a conibear it's a Killing Type trap you still want to Anchor that trap somehow if you've wired It around the tree on a log Crossing Then you've got that trap anchored and It can't go anywhere if you've just put Stakes in the ground if those steaks

Aren't long enough that you push through Those Springs we'll talk about that when We set some traps later on if those Stakes aren't long enough to hold that Trap in place where they may get washed Away or something like that then you're Going to want to stake it off to Something else or connect it to Something else that could be an earth Anchor into the bank where that could be Something like this wrapping a standoff Cable around a closed Tree in which case I've got a speed clip on here That will clip right onto The swivel eye Of this trap so I can use that Multi-functionally for that And I can use these speed clips and Standoff cables the other thing that I Carry a lot of times with these type Trash is I carry fence Staples okay and A fence staple is a one inch fence thing A fence staple you can Hammer into any Tree or any log and you've got some Standoff table on this trap already You've got about Two foot or a foot and a half something Like that a standoff cable you can Hammer one of these fence Nails right Over top of this into a tree or into a Log to give yourself that security and Then when you get back to that location You want to pull that fence nail out You've got the point of that fence plier

To get right in there and yank those Dudes right out and keep on going So I generally carry a small empty Coffee container it's got some standoff Cables in it got a little bit of wire in It and it's got probably two dozen fence Staples in it and a couple of nails all Right that gives me a lot of Versatility Of how I can anchor traps and things Like that if I were going to use Earth Anchors I would just carry a bundle of Earth anchors and our thinker driver Like we talked about in our video on cuffs again doesn't weigh very much Stands right up in the five gallon Bucket so that pretty much goes through The tools of necessity for setting these Smaller type body grip or conibear style Traps and again your 110 your 120 you Can put them pretty much anywhere so They have a lot of Versatility once you Get up around the 160 Mark you need to Check your local laws because here in Ohio 160s have to at least be touching a Natural body of water of some sort so That's important to understand is the Versatility of the chop you buy versus What you're trying to catch if I'm going To go to a trap where I want to catch a or possum or something like that a Larger animal not including beaver in a Water scenario then I'm just going to go To a 220 I'm going to forego the 160 go Straight to 220. generally my kind of

Bear setup is No one tends I have about a dozen 120s I Have two or three 160s that are like Just in case measure traps for just the Right location then I have three two Twenties and three three thirties and That pretty much will take care of my Total conibear alignment and give me Versatility trap anything I want to Around and in the water for sure so That's just a quick video on the Peripheral equipment you need to trap With smaller conibear traps talk about Larger conibears later on now one of the Biggest advantages to these body grip Type traps is you don't need to carry Any bait every one of them is going to Be a blind set hope they're going to set Them on sign or at least an area where You know animals have a travel route and There's some kind of a sign and it's a Travel route but you don't need any bait You don't need any lure and that's a big Advantage to this type traffic Guys listen I appreciate your views I Appreciate your support I thank you for Everything you do for school for family Foreign business all our sponsored Instructors Affiliates and friends and I'll be back to another video in this Series as soon as I can guys thanks

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