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#15950 - 10/25/06 09:43 AM Release of Small Coon
Junior Member

Registered: 01/09/06
Posts: 9
Loc: SW WI
Where legal, how many of you release very small coon caught in foothold traps? If the foot\leg is in good shape,I have been letting them go. A local trapper said even if I only get $2-$4 for each, I should harvest them. I have been using my judgement on the size.

I respectfully request your opinions\experience on this practice. Thanks

#15951 - 10/25/06 11:21 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
ADKMtnTrapper Offline

Registered: 10/13/06
Posts: 39
Loc: South Carolina
i have released coon that are to small also mainly because we dont have many coon around my parts anymore. My personal opinion is that if you are over run by them or have an abundance then sure but if your in my situation or you only have an average amount of coon id say keep doin what your doin.

#15952 - 10/25/06 11:30 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
skipper Offline

Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 676
Loc: .Manheim Pennslvania
I have been releasing small coon for years I use mostly #11's and they don't seem any the worse for it.

#15953 - 10/26/06 06:52 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
Otterwater0566 Offline

Registered: 02/01/04
Posts: 440
Loc: Austin, AR
As a rancher, 3 legged coons create havoc in grain storage areas and many have poor fur and health. The young are no exception. Do the right thing and skin your fur or leave it alone until later in the year when they are bigger.

#15954 - 10/26/06 07:32 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
Ric Offline

Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3670
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
OW..I don't think anyone is advocateing the release of an animal that may be injured.

Around here the amount of land available to you is porportional to the # of coon you harvest.You start turning some lose and you will have some unhappy land owners.Not saying that I don't try to avoid small coon till they have a chance to grow some

#15955 - 10/26/06 08:25 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
Hal Offline

Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 9987
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Ric has brought up another consideration. Sometimes animals reach "nuisance" proportions. Raccoon and beaver are prime examples. Releasing small animals, or any animals for that matter, under these conditions is not a good conservation, or wildlife management, exercise. So, if you are trapping in an area that has an overabundance of your target animals you should consider dispatching every one you catch.

smile -- Hal
Endeavor to persevere.

#15956 - 10/27/06 12:27 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
BillWI Offline

Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 339
Loc: Bonduel,WI,US
Hal and Ric both bring up a very good point. By releasing small coon you might irrate the land owner and then he might take the matter into his own hands. Also if the population level is to high then disease will take the population back down. So there are reaons why releasing of small coon would not be appropriate.
Now what if the pelt is worthless. Are you wasting the resource. In my opinion better to reduce the population this way then have the pelts of most or all of your population wasted due to disease.

#15957 - 10/27/06 09:22 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
redsnow Online   content

Registered: 06/11/06
Posts: 2163
Loc: WV
Ninety-five percent of my trapping is done on private land, and we don't have a super-big population of coon, my landowners would run me off if they caught me releasing anything (coon/beaver). Think about it, does any farmer benefit from having coon (or any wildlife) on their property? The only animals that I can think of that would possibly be beneficial are deer or turkey, if they lease the property for hunting.

Back in the late 70's my Dad had a pair of really good coon hounds, a guy invited us to hunt his property one night, the dogs "split-treed" in a patch of white-oaks. All together they had 6 coons up their trees, our daily limit was 2 coon. Dad and I picked-out the biggest 2 coons, and shot them out. The landowner almost "ordered" us to kill the other 4. More or less, he said they were his coons, the heck with the DNR's crazy rules. The landowner was my uncle, to keep peace in the family, Dad told me to pick em out. Here in WV, landowners or their "agent" can, without permits, eliminate nuisance animals. As far as uncle Arville was concerned, the only good coon was a dead one. I know a lot of other farmers that feel the same way. smile

#15958 - 10/27/06 01:39 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
minker 1942 Offline

Registered: 09/14/06
Posts: 74
Loc: kentucky
no i don't release small coons here where i live, they are a nuisance .

#15959 - 10/27/06 01:44 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
downwind ken Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 14
Loc: Athens, Ohio
Here in Ohio, you may not release any coon caught during season..coon caught in adc situations during "off season" may be released only on prop. thay were caught on..We are also not alowed to sell or give any furbearers to anyone,like fox for the live market..Over the years, I have heard both ways,but this is what the law reads here..

#15960 - 10/27/06 01:49 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
cohunt Offline

Registered: 08/29/06
Posts: 44
Loc: south dakota USA
When I am trapping areas where I am quite sure I have and will have no competition(a fair bit of my line) I prefer to use live traps and release all small coons and many large females. Some years I release 70 of every 100. The coons that I kill and skin are mostly larger males or dry females with good fur. I think that most coons live several years and that it takes 3 or 4 years in SD for a coon to reach 25-35 pounds. Where I have competition, I attempt to reduce my catch of small coon by staying away from the water in early fall. If I am only competing with myself, I prefer to handle fewer animals and sell for a much higher average price. Carefully "farming" beaver works as well.

#15961 - 10/27/06 01:49 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
downwind ken Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 14
Loc: Athens, Ohio
I should also say that on areas where thay are causeing problems I take them all out..Other places,well,guess I've been breaking the law then..My boy and I turn the littler ones loose..

#15962 - 10/27/06 08:23 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
Paul Fox Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 281
Loc: Deckerville mi.
Where I'm at,coons are in overwhelming numbers;so I have to keep every one I get.Coons are getting to be a serious problem around here.

#15963 - 10/27/06 08:38 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
bawade Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 17
Loc: StParis, ohio
I remeber the day when u didnt see a coon on the road, now days at least here in mid ohio I see them everywere, Its ashame. I liked it better 20 yrs ago. Now days U have to deal with the people that hate hunters an trappers and it is getting very hard to find a place to do so with everyone buying land and putting houses up in every dang woods..As for small coon if they are in a snare Ide turn them loose, depends if they are okay enough to do so. but out here coon is plentifull.

#15964 - 10/30/06 05:54 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
foxgetrrr' Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/27/05
Posts: 14
Loc: pennsylvania
I trap mostly state forest land and release all small coon that are in condition to do so

#15965 - 10/30/06 06:12 PM Re: Release of Small Coon
Ten Shot Offline

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 65
Loc: Mauston, Wisconsin
Nuisance coons are the very reason I started trapping. In July of 2004 I purchased 15 one day old turkey polts from a hatchery. Three days after I got them I walked in the barn and every one of em was dead. Breast meat taken the rest left. $180 bucks shot in the ---. I had an old trap so I set it and caught a coon. I caught 5 coon that summer.

No matter the size, I dispatch every coon that I catch.

#15966 - 10/31/06 10:54 AM Re: Release of Small Coon
NEbowhunter Offline

Registered: 04/21/05
Posts: 574
Loc: Holdrege, Nebraska
i guess one could define small coon. i realize my area probably has some pretty good sized coons, but even young of the year, when they are on a board, i seldom have anything less than xl. that would be quite a bit of the fur check gone and i don't beleive i've seen the resource dwindle. i'll be keepin em. laugh

#25479 - 10/25/17 01:44 PM Re: Release of Small Coon [Re: SW TRAPPER]
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