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Old 04-30-2016, 04:59 PM
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The 2016 season....

Every spring since I came to the rock pile I've done this..
I start the spring on a positive note, fresh start to a new year..
And every spring I've been kicked in the fanny by one critter or another..
Sometimes multiple species of critters..

This years first gremlin to cause trouble was a raccoon...
So I put out the live trap.. A little bit of sardine in oil, mashed up with a fork and dripped into the bait pan.. A couple marshmallows just cause that works well also.. It tipped the scale at a full 25lb...

This morning I had em... Long ride to the other side of the lake on the other side of the busy highway and town... Released by the boat landing.. If it makes its way back, it takes the chance of being a road pizza, or muskie snack... There are 50+ inch fish that lake..

Then it takes some time to clean out the trap.. They always tare up the bait pan, bend the trip plate, and poop about 3lb at least in the trap..

I will put the trap back in position, baited with the door closed.. Then watch the trail cam to know when to set the door open again...

Another mark on the tally square on the inside of the garage walk in door..
Take care..
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:25 PM
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Good for you, Wyo! Maybe he ended up like this guy:

http://bgr.com/2015/06/24/raccoon-dr...eer-stumbling/
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:49 AM
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i caught one a week ago myself, trapped with peanut butter lure. took it 5 miles away across a river to my old lot and let it go there. normally I would give it to a tribal educational program that teaches skinning and tanning, cooking etc, traditional skills. but they are busy with other things this month and didn't want it.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:24 PM
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In Washington state it is illegal to transport a critter.
If you catch them you are required to either kill it or let it go where it was caught.
The theory is if you release it some place else it will just cause more trouble at the new home.
I had a family of about 6 coons living under a shed.
They all moved along and a family of skunks moved in.
Still 2 or 3 of the skunks around. We leave each other alone so it's not a problem.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:29 AM
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it technically illegal in my state as well, but a friend of mine in the DEC is the one who told me to just transport it. it wasn't a problem yet per say, it was wandering around outside the chicken coop at night, I figured it was only a matter of time till it tried to get in, I moved it before it could be a problem. its not like one that relies on garbage becoming a garbage eater elsewhere.
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Old 05-03-2016, 01:05 PM
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The most common control of coons around here is shooting or legs traps and then shooting.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:50 PM
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Unfortunately raccoon numbers will only get worse. A couple years ago an unskinned raccoon would bring $20. Stack up 15 or 20 in an old freezer in the barn and you could pick up a quick $300 or $400. A year ago it was down to $10, and this past winter you'd be lucky to get $5. So I haven't bothered to set a trap the past couple years.

My sister on the other hand caught 7 this past winter in a live trap I loaned her. They get in her bird feeder, and knock the flower pots off her deck. So to get even she shoots them rather then turning them loose somewhere else.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:01 PM
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Had a racoon and a skunk around my property so I set a couple of live traps out. The next day I woke up to the great aroma of skunk. So I went out to dispatch the skunk with blanket in hand. Low and behold, I had a dead skunk and a opossum in the trap. The opossum had completely chewed the face off of the skunk and the smell was awful. I have no idea how they both got in the trap but it happened. Needless to say I let the opossum go. He deserved to fight on and keep the skunks at bay.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:45 AM
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Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To show the raccoons it can be done successfully.

We're over-run with both 'coons & skunks here. I've got one who obviously doesn't have a wrist watch, or maybe it's non-union, because it's started to raid the cat food in the barn each afternoon about 4:00 instead of the usual late-nite hours like it's supposed to. Time to string up the bow and spend some time in my skunk blind.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:37 PM
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A duck was standing next to the road, suddenly a chicken ran out of the bushes yelling "don't do it! you'll never hear the end of it!"

I caught 2 cats in a cage trap once, they both arrived at the trap at the same time and both went in after the bait, ignoring each other until they were trapped together
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A duck was standing next to the road, suddenly a chicken ran out of the bushes yelling "don't do it! you'll never hear the end of it!"
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:00 PM
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I was trying to catch a feral cat that had a wire around it leg.
I caught a skunk instead.
Went to get my .22 and when I got back the Have a heart trap hadn't closed all the way and the skunk was gone.
We were both happy about that.
Reset the trap and got the cat within 5 minutes.
I managed to get the wire off and when I open the trap he was gone like he had been shot out of a cannon.
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