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#5867 - 02/20/06 09:15 PM 120 for coon
ratsnatcher Offline
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Registered: 01/19/06
Posts: 40
Loc: Verona
i have read that some people use 120s for coon in cubbys, but the thing is you have to suitcase them to kill them. i wasnt sure weather or not to try the 120 for a coon or stay with my 160s.and i was wondering how to get it so i can suitcase the coon.

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#5868 - 02/20/06 09:57 PM Re: 120 for coon
bblwi Offline
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Registered: 07/31/00
Posts: 288
Loc: Kiel, WI
My preference would be to stay with the 160s as they are a more versitle trap for more situations and species. I also feel that suitcasing coons with a 120 would be a low % of your catches and thus you may not achieve your goals of having a quick and humane kill.

Bryce

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#5869 - 02/20/06 10:00 PM Re: 120 for coon
RiverOtter Offline
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Registered: 02/27/05
Posts: 646
Loc: Monashee Mtns, British Columbi...
You don't need to "suitcase" a coon to kill it. If a coon sticks its head into a 120, its game over. A behind the ears catch with a decent springed body gripper is bad news for any critter.

One problem with the 120 sized body grips for coon, especially in cubbies, is the small opening. They're not as inviting as a 160/220 and the coon is more likely to try and reach into the cubby to remove the obstruction(120) and get hit on the paw.

RO smile

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#5870 - 02/20/06 10:52 PM Re: 120 for coon
GC_Trapper Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 11
Loc: Harrison County, Missouri
Here in Missouri 120 is the biggest trap I can legally use out of the water. Until I seen this article I didn't even know a 120 could kill a raccoon so I never thought about setting bucket sets for them w/ 120s. If I live in a state where thats the only trap I could use for a bucket do you think it would work very well for me? I have always wanted to try a bucket set, but could, because I didn't think I had a trap that was legal to set in one that could kill a raccoon.

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#5871 - 02/20/06 11:38 PM Re: 120 for coon
RiverOtter Offline
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Registered: 02/27/05
Posts: 646
Loc: Monashee Mtns, British Columbi...
Before this gets off tangent, I want to be clear that I don't target coon with 120's. There are far better traps. Most of my 120 coon catches are in sets intended for mink.

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#5872 - 02/20/06 11:57 PM Re: 120 for coon
Brad Heusterberg Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 72
Loc: Stevens Point, WI
if its legal for you to use a 160 do it. It is a much better trap for coons than a 120.

Brad

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#5873 - 02/21/06 04:28 AM Re: 120 for coon
Claude Offline
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Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 102
Loc: Freeman Missouri
5" is max for Bodygrips in Missouri on Land...
I have heard of guys making special 120 boxes for coon but haven't seen em...
I think to be effective they have to be elevated a little, about where the coons head is when he is standing normally.

Also ya can get special 5" bodygrip (1/2" larger than 120) with 160 springs, they are a little pricey...


CTM 5X5 Body Grip - double spring

I think the 220 is about the perfect size. I make most sets with my 1.5 CSs and the Griz Getrz...

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#5874 - 02/21/06 06:19 AM Re: 120 for coon
Trapper Joe Offline
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Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 41
Loc: New brunswick
A coon will reach into a 120 and get caught high on the leg which is very messy. Or it will pull the trap out of the box and maybe step in it with a hind foot while going in the box after the bait. I would never set a 120 for coon. The 160 size seems to give a perfect hold right behind the ears and the coon just rolls over with no signs of struggle.

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#5875 - 02/21/06 11:37 AM Re: 120 for coon
donwh Offline
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Registered: 09/05/03
Posts: 401
Loc: Missouri
Several guys I know use the 5x5 bodygripper above in boxes and take several coon. Triggers are bent in and up. Lights out for a coon that tries to enter.
good luck don

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#5876 - 02/21/06 12:59 PM Re: 120 for coon
Casey S Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 2
Loc: Fulton, IL
There was an article in TPC about using 120's for fisher, I think it also mentioned using them for coon as well. I have read several posts about them. You need to bend the triggers back towards the bucket so that the hole is as open as possible. When they stick there heads in they push the trigger's up. I have read that you use the newspaper boxes. The bait is to far back for a reach in so they stick there heads in it, and they need to be elevated.

Casey S.

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