Conibear traps

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  1. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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    I've got a rat problem on my property so I picked up some small Conibear traps.

    Anybody keep these in their bug out bags? Good idea or not?
     
  2. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Good idea, best trap out there also
     

  3. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

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    I think it would be a great thing to keep in a BOB! There are an awful lot of fur coats out there with Mr Conibears name on their hides (I supplied my fair share when I was a kid)! No doubt, if you know how to use one, you will eat well and have fur to keep you warm! Hell, I caught one of the biggest Brook Trout I ever caught in one on a submerged set, it was delicious!

    Rats are Rats big or little and they should all die but they dont need to suffer. I always liked the fact that they were about as merciful a killer as could be, snap and dead! I found way too many legs in my foot traps even on drown sets, that always bummed me out, not only did I Lose my $3.50 for the skin, the rats now hobbling on a stump. I caught more than one that had only 2 legs left (didnt hurt the price of the fur:))!

    About the only thing I ever had escape one was a Mink (I think). Tore that set up terrible and bent the jaws just enough to squeeze out. I cant imagine how but there were tracks all around. I didnt set for mink, they ere tricky and few in numbers, and viscous little buggers!
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I only had one conibear trap fail on a beaver. It caught him diagonal across a shoulder and behind the head. A .22 round made things right. Used the small ones to successfully bag a couple squirrels while camping. So, they are a good idea for a BOB. For survival situations, having pre made wire snares are light weight and compact and pretty effective, but often not as humane as the Connibears.
     
  5. hiwall

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    those are good traps but too heavy and bulky for a BOB. How big and heavy is that bag going to be?
     
  6. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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    A 110 Conibear trap is around 1lb. It seems worth the weight to me
     
  7. hmh

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    You can carry a whole lot of snares in the weight and size of traditional traps.
     
  8. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Had a skunk get hung up in a medium conibear ,one back leg , I have no idea how the hell that happens but it did , >22lr took care of the rest. I have taken many ground hogs with the conibear and wow they come out flat
     
  9. JTJ

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  10. sniper762

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    110's work great for squirrels too.
     
  11. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I made a little box trap that I put some peanuts in, and caught squirrels with it pretty regularly. Cut down on the poulation that kept raiding my bird feeder.
     
  12. DeltaF

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    Well, it looks like I'll be taking up trapping this year for the first time. Hogs, tree rats, possums and coons. They aren't leaving enough corn under our feeders for the deer!

    Any advice or suggestions?
     
  13. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    True, but I've definitely had better catch rates with the Conibears to justify a bit of extra weight. But I'd deifinitely supliment with snares. The 110's are a good size for squirrel and rabbits, but I'd prefer a slightly larger one for rabbits. Used the 330 (10x10s) for beaver, otter, and raccoons, those were heavy,and large and I prefered to have the actual setting tool for those, because they could break a finger.
     
  14. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I did box traps with a 220 Coniber trap inside and some beaver meat that ended up catching opssums pretty well. Was trying to see if I could aget a coyote or a bobcat to stick it's head in there.

    I haven't trapped hogs, but a 3-4" PVC tube with holes drilled in it and caps on both ends filled with beer soaked corn and with a cable anchor will usually keep hogs occupied for a bit rooting the tube around. Then you can shoot them if baiting and hog hunting is allowed at the same time of year you have your feeders up for deer. if you don't get venison, you should be able to load a freezer with pork.

    Racoons I use the cheapest cat food I can find and put some on the ground at the base of a tree if there is a hollowed out area. I use sticks in the ground to make an kind of funnel toward the hole in the base of hte tree that the racoon has to reach throughto get at the tuna. For extra eye apeal I have alo use jumbo marshmallows, because they kind of look like eggs. I'll set them in there for the 'coons to go after. My daughter told me to try putting the lid off the cat food can above the hole to try to catch the racoon's eye a bit too. I don't know if that was what did it, but the day after putting the can lid up I had a big old 24 lb racoon in the trap on the last set I placed that trapping season. (My daughter was 8 at the time she made the suggestion.)
     
  15. WebleyFosbery38

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    Hogs get you meat so do Tree Rats, Coons are worth about 12 bucks a hide and possums are absolutely worthless! You picked 4 vermin that actually have no equipment or method similarities trapping, lucky you! Your gonna need a shopping cart full of steel and stink, good luck!
     
  16. DeltaF

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    I've actually eaten all 4. I didn't really pick them. They picked our feeders. ;) Possum isn't bad fried but not exactly a regular dish either. Coon in a sauce piquant is delicious and I'd stack it up against just about anything wild or domestic. Smaller hogs and bigger tree rats have their own placesin the meat freezer. Just looking for less loud yet still effective ways of knocking back the population so the deer will have feed left.
     
  17. SSGN_Doc

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  18. 6_5swedeforelk

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    conibears?

    Speaking from the vantage point of a lifelong trapper...
    if you have experience using conibears, then yes, include it in your survival kit.
    Otherwise opt for rabbit snare wire. Whereas a trap gives you one chance at food, a roll of wire can cover twenty trails.
    And you can't make a splint wrap with a conibear!

    Wanna hear the best survival setup (especially in lean winter times)?

    Couple hundred foot twine as a trip rope to a hand full of grain, covered by a propped up screen door.
    My FIL made it through the "dirty thirties" without a firearm, dining on sharptails and rabbits.
     
  19. stag556

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    When I was young my dad took me on his trapping routes with him, that's where I shot my first handgun, a .22 Ruger Mark I. We trapped rats, coon, fox, and would spend most of the morning running lines. When I got older, I trapped coons when you could get good money for the hides $45 for high end. Stopped trapping when prices went down to nothing. I had lots of great memories from trapping and my dad still have 50 plus connibears in his attic.
     
  20. hmh

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    For coon I use a dpt called a ztrap it has a push pull trigger very good success rate. Back on the conibear if you don't know what you are doing you can hurt or even kill yourself. Also in a lot of states they cannot be out of water. Fur prices are suppose to be up this year.