shiny foil on trap pan for coons

Posted by: ratsnatcher

shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/23/06 09:45 AM

is it a good idea to put tin foil on te trap pan to make coons stop playing with quest your traps??
Posted by: cjstrapping

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/23/06 12:28 PM

I'm a bit confused on the latter part of your question. "Quest"?? Unless you are setting the trap in shallow water, and using the foil specifically for eye appeal, I would not put foil on your trap. Use a pocket set or dirt hole to keep the coon pre-occupied working your set, and position and bed your trap accordingly, bedded of course.
Posted by: Paul Fox

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/23/06 08:01 PM

I wouldn't use tin foil on your coon traps.
Posted by: trap jaw

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/24/06 02:12 AM

I'm with Paul, I wouldn't use foil. I have tried it years ago and found no value in it at all.
Posted by: Wm

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/24/06 07:39 AM

I have not tried foil but I have tried white spray paint. 2 weeks ago, I trapped my biggest coon of the season in a 1.5 CS, the pan of which I had spray painted white. I set the trap in about an inch of water immediately adjacent to the shoreline just downstream from an outlet pipe on a tiny peninsula and placed the trap in a bed of brown leaves that gave the white pan good visual contrast. I poured frying pan grease on a sapling about 2 feet beyond the trap and also on the ground leading to the trap. I assume this set offered good eye appeal for the coon and would like to think that a possum, and maybe a dog, would not be as likely to go for it? It was also an easy/quick set to make. The front foot of the coon was caught and the jaws were about in the middle of the palm.

My belief is that the coon did not just randomly step on the trap pan but stepped on it for the eye appeal.

I realize this is a sample size of one but it at least worked this time. I would appreciate any constructive criticism of this method.

Wm
Posted by: cjstrapping

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/24/06 09:06 AM

Wm and ratsnatcher...nothing to criticize, all trial and error for many, and this site only benefits from others comments. What works for some may or may not work for others. I typically bed or conceal (water) traps for coon, but have on occasion, when I've run out of bait, used foil on a pan. Raccoon are inquisitive by nature, and if a trap can be submerged in shallow water, bedded with only a shiny pan exposed, it can pick up an occasional coon.
Posted by: NEbowhunter

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/24/06 09:52 AM

I don't mind some shiney eye appeal, but not on the trap. i've used split clam shells shined up behind the trap for eye appeal. shiney, yet still natural.
Posted by: skipper

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/24/06 11:14 AM

I have used the shiney foil on my pan quite often by its self It's a fair set but when you have a attrictive oder nearby that they can't see that is the clincher here.the paws start going all over the place trying to find the source.
My best set using this methoud is a trap just infront of a flat rock that sticks out of the water about 2" the rock is smeared with shellfish paste or oil that cant be seen! If it can be seen then the coon work the bait not the trap.I should of added that the trap is also under water.
Posted by: Brad Heusterberg

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 01/24/06 12:03 PM

In my opinon it is not a good idea. I would rather use bait or lure. In think that by exposing the pan you will have many coons avoid the trap. If the coons can't see the trap and your set is a good one, you will catch more coons.
Posted by: Archive

Re: shiny foil on trap pan for coons - 09/21/16 10:43 AM

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