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#21852 - 12/24/14 01:05 PM Traps set off
Downs Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
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Loc: pa
Had trouble this year numerous traps set off but they all had hair between jaws just had one yesterday. Any ideas? I changed springs I even four coiled to try to make them faster.

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#21853 - 12/24/14 02:11 PM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
Hal Offline
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
We will need a little more information.
What animals are you targeting?
What kind of sets are you using?
Are you trapping on land or in water?

Hal
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#21854 - 12/24/14 02:19 PM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
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Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3692
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
And what kind of hair was between the jaws

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#21858 - 12/24/14 07:15 PM Re: Traps set off [Re: Hal]
Downs Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 6
Loc: pa
trapping coyote and fox mostly dirt hole sets some flat sets

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#21859 - 12/24/14 07:16 PM Re: Traps set off [Re: Ric]
Downs Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 6
Loc: pa
short hairs i was guessing off the leg

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#21862 - 12/25/14 08:04 AM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
Hal Offline
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
It could be deer.

Hal
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#21864 - 12/25/14 08:29 AM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
Downs Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 6
Loc: pa
ya it could be deer I have been getting really frustrated. I was looking for some opinions. Thanks

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#21866 - 12/25/14 09:35 AM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Look for scratches on the pan. A deer hoof will leave a distinctive scratch. Deer are a problem on many traplines.

Hal
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#21869 - 12/25/14 10:39 AM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
Downs Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 6
Loc: pa
ok will do. Thanks again. Any other ideas would gladly like to read them. Thanks

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#21871 - 12/25/14 11:06 AM Re: Traps set off [Re: Downs]
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
The truth is, it is relatively difficult for an animal to escape a trap. If traps didn't work more or less reliably, folks would not continue to use them. But this is predicated by the animal having its foot in the trap. Deer are the exception. They have a hard tapered foot, and they can pull out of a trap in a second.

Sometimes a animal, especially a canine, might roll on a trap and fire it. I've also had canines spring a trap by sliding into a dirthole on their forelegs. (But that is rare.) Other animals may at times lay on their belly at a set and fire a trap, again a rare occurrence.

Hal
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