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#10272 - 02/27/06 12:57 PM setting long springs
Chicken Offline
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Registered: 01/04/05
Posts: 99
Loc: Syracuse NY
I have add to my arsnel of traps almost 1 doz #4 long springs. They look like a great trap. I have a problen setting them.I tried standing on them...that was a lost cause..is there a trick to this? what do you folks use to set them??? I am 6'1" and about 230lbs..The traps are really strong..I am no wimp but they are really kicking my butt..please help

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#10273 - 02/27/06 01:56 PM Re: setting long springs
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2015
Loc: Qc.
You should have no problem. Place the trap on its side, jaws facing away from you. This should have the trap dog hanging towards the ground. Place the trap base on your leg just above your knee. Hold a spring in each hand. You then "bend" the trap over your knee. Once the trap opens you can stretch out a thumb to hold a jaw. This will keep the trap open.

Best of luck. Be careful and your fingers should be safe. smile

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#10274 - 02/28/06 08:02 AM Re: setting long springs
bobkat Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 113
Loc: Ruckersville, Va
I am only 5'6" and 165# and I set my #5 dls like musher said. Squeeze the springs while rolling the outside of your palm outward slightly. Once compressed I hook my free leg over the left spring, being right handed, and use my freed up left hand to set the dog. It's a lot harder to do with a big bvr in the trap.

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#10275 - 02/28/06 08:45 AM Re: setting long springs
skinner69 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/05
Posts: 152
Loc: stillwater,new york
The hooking your free leg over the compressed spring to hold it trick is pretty slick and so simple i never thought of it!I too am a 5'6" lightweight with small hands and i have never liked setting doublelongs-especially the big ones #3's and up.My fingers are so short i was always literally using my fingertips to try and set the dog and pan-all the while sweating a bucket i wouldn't get snapped.I just grabbed a #4 victor doublelong and set it with no problem using my leg to hold down the compressed spring.Great idea!Thanks for sharing that.

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#10276 - 02/28/06 09:13 PM Re: setting long springs
Dan68 Offline
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Registered: 01/16/05
Posts: 65
Loc: Winslow, Indiana
If you can't stand on them and set them how do you get a thumb or finger out of them if you get caught? I use #5 coils and can open them up by stepping on the levers.

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#10277 - 03/01/06 06:01 AM Re: setting long springs
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2015
Loc: Qc.
Dan68: What do you do when you're standing in the water or when the trap just gets pushed down into the ground because the earth is soft?

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#10278 - 03/01/06 06:08 PM Re: setting long springs
Dan68 Offline
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Registered: 01/16/05
Posts: 65
Loc: Winslow, Indiana
I usually set the #5 coils over my thigh. I have had my thumb in them twice and where I was at the ground was hard enough to just stand on the levers to release myself.

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#10279 - 03/08/06 02:34 PM Re: setting long springs
NEbowhunter Offline
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Registered: 04/21/05
Posts: 574
Loc: Holdrege, Nebraska
i use the leg trick. break em over my right thigh, then step over with left leg to hold the left spring. then can get under the loose jaw to set and ease up with legs till the dog catches good. never had a problem with fingers. they are under loose jaw.

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#10280 - 03/18/06 09:26 PM Re: setting long springs
the trapper Offline
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Registered: 03/07/06
Posts: 42
Loc: Idaho
i set my #5 long spring traps over my nee. if you go to www.trap4kids.com this web site showed me how to set big traps really easy. good luck

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#25376 - 10/17/17 12:26 PM Re: setting long springs [Re: Chicken]
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Registered: 03/12/03
Posts: 1116
Dated for search.

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