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Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby lyonch » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:54 am

Well to start my season off, i was asked to do some ADC work for a farmer because they were absolutely destroying his corn fields. After he combined last week, he told me he figured he lost about 15%-20% of his crop because of the coon. I tried to hold him off until it was trapping season, but he said he wanted them gone now and it was either me or someone else he was going to get in there to do the job. So i mentioned to him that he needs to call the DNR and get a permit for crop damage and an allowance to trap coon on his property before season. Well after about 3 days go by he said he got a permit and wanted me to start the work. I was suprised that he got it that quick. I then asked if i could trap coyotes on his property as well, since i was going to be in the area, and he said get rid of all of them too. So i packed up the fourwheeler, since this neighbor is only 2 miles down the road, and i began to look over his property. Well i figured i might as well clean them out quick, so i gang set a small area with 30+ traps just for coon. Then i set 4 dirthole sets for coyotes on his property as well. I also thought this would be a great time to get some kinks out, and test the different style of anchoring i was trying that year (pogos). So the next morning came and i was quite excited to to go check the sets, because it would be like christmas. So here is the result of day one:
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Then comes day two check with a night that was a little colder than the first, and i thought the coon might move because of this. I brought the beagle with this time because the wife wanted nothing to do with him that day, so i figured i would let him have a little fun. When he sees a live coon he gets so wound up that he shakes uncontrollably bad, and hounds non stop until the coon is dead :D He never lays into them, but he sure does get excited. :lol: Here is the results of the second day check.
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The next check i had to make sure i had my dad check my sets for me, since i had the Minot tournament to go to, and well when i got back home on sunday, dad said that i didn't have any coyotes and he didn't get a chance to check the neighbors line for coon (which is ok because they were all on drowners or a conibear). So i ran my line and only had two coon, and my first coyote. I have been trying to trap coyotes for the past couple years, but the population in my immediate area is very slim. I am very lucky to see a track when i scout for sets. Although someone got to him before i did on sunday, i was more than pleased to see a coyote held by my fully modified number 2 bridger with a perfect pad catch.
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The next few checks only resulted in a coon here and a coon there the rest of that week, so i am thinking i put a decent dent in the population right around his house. I brought my wifes nephew with me on one of the checks and we had a couple conibears connect, and he was more then smiles that day. He even fleshed a coon. He is 8 years old and from the cities, so i thought that was pretty dang good for a kid. I also let him pick a coon to keep and tan out of the selection that i had, and if you look in the second day check, there was a very large silver female, and he thought that was the best coon for him. Of course that was my highest dollar coon at the time and barely fit onto a jumbo board :shock: . I told the farmer that other coon can move back in and that if he has the problem again next year i would be more than happy to take care of them for him. The farmer was completely shocked at how many coon i caught in a short amount of time.
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Before i knew it, the upland season was upon me, and it was time to get sets out starting at 9am sharp on opening day. Well i spent the day gang setting the coon feeders and driving around trying to get rid of 100+ 220 conibears that were riding in the back of the truck. About 80% of the corn is completely out and under right now around my area, so i had to advneture a lot further away than i wanted to, but sometimes that what a guy needs to do, just to get steel out. I only ended up getting 56 - 220 conibears out that day, and i had the tires gang set really hard. The next morning i found my self in the cities at a baptism for my wife's niece. So i'm sure everyone knows how i was that day, just chomping at the bit to go check my sets. Well i finally got home and this is what the results were checking in the rain.
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Then monday night came around sooner than later, and i found myself thinking that i should really keep these traps cleaned out, so when i got home at 5:30 i ran the 135 mile trap line from start to finish. It didn't result in much of a catch (like i thought it should have, a warm rainy night), but two of the coon were some little grizzly bears. The middle left coon weighed in at 34 lbs even, and the middle right coon weighed in at 27.08 lbs. None the less it was nice to see a couple of very large coon in the shed.
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Last night was an absolute hurricane. I called this the hurricane check. There were gusts recorded up to 60 mph when i was out checking my line. There were power outages all over the place, and i ended getting the tonnel cover on my truck tore off and tossed. I had to half jerry rig it to get it back on my truck and locked on so it wouldn't blow off again :shock: . Well the first set was a single trap that had nothing in it. The second set was a new set i put in the night before and it went 2 for 2. i thought right there that the coon moved in the high winds and the cold front the night before it hit. So i ran the line from start to finish and ended up with 16 coon and 2 skunks. It sure takes a lot longer to run a line when its full of critters, than when they are mainly empty traps :D So i snapped a quick tailgate pick of the little bandits, and started skinning. If i wouldn't have stopped at home for supper i would have been in bed at 11, but since i did stop, i was showered up and in bed at midnight. I saw two other coon on my line when i was checking that were in the road or crossing right in front of me. This tells me they might have moved last night as well in those really high winds. I added one more pic of them layed out on the floor so you can see the line of ringtails :wink: This was my best 24 hour check i have had to date. Mitch i apologize for not getting that pic of skinning machine last night for you, but i will take one soon and post it :wink:
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby bucksnbears » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:03 am

great job Chris. that'll put a little ca-ching in the pocket. great pics to. checking traps last night musta been a freeking nightmare :shock: :shock:
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby lyonch » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:22 am

bucksnbears wrote: checking traps last night musta been a freeking nightmare :shock: :shock:


I thought a couple of times the door on my truck was going to dissapear down the road :shock: i would try to hang onto the door, but sometimes the wind would rip it rought out of my hands. Do you know how hard it is to write in a log book when the truck is rocking like a couple of grizzly bears going at it in the back seat :shock: .
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby bucksnbears » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:10 am

i bout lost my door at The Bottle Shop :lol:
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby 1Shooter » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:14 am

WOW, nice start to the season! Keep at 'em and keep the pics coming!
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby barebackjack » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:15 am

What are you doing with the stinkers?


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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby lyonch » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:59 am

barebackjack wrote:What are you doing with the stinkers?


I am keeping the hides and the essence. I cut the glands out before i skin, then i toss them off to the side and skin the skunk. Then when all the skinning is done, i take the glands to the back side of the house where i have a syringe and a 16 oz bottle and extract the essence. I will then either use some of the essence in making lures, or i will sell it. Last i checked, O'Gorman was buying it at $10 and ounce, or $15 an ounce for trade. The hide on average i have been getting $5 a piece the last couple of years. So all in all they could be worth more than a coon. I am never dissapointed when i catch a skunk. I have gotten so use to the smell that it has become just part of trapping season. If i get a skunk tonight, i will try to make a video of how i do this, and try to post it.
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby Tbush » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:37 am

Nice catch "your livin the dream"....are the coon prime or still a bit blue and Is their much, if any competition
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby lyonch » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:17 am

Tbush - there is very little competition for serious trappers in my area for land coon. The water line i will let you know in about a week how many other people we are seeing. The small coon are still about a week to two weeks out before they are prime (leather wise and fur wise), the larger jumbo sized coon have been leather prime for about a week now, but the fur is real close. There are not a huge number of coon in my area. I have nothing like they do in iowa or southern wisconsin areas. We had distemper set in a couple years ago and now they are finally starting to come back. I still see dead coon in the spring at the base of there den tree and they look perfectly healthy.
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby Prairie Ghost » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:23 pm

Nice work Chris looks like you're putting a hurt to them.
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby Coyotehunter » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:05 am

great post
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby RandyRoede » Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:10 am

Chris don't mean to hijack the post but you made me dig for memories!!

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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby rorycoyote » Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:33 pm

thats one hell of a catch randy


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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby lyonch » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:01 am

Randy it's not a hijack at all!! I would love to see more memory pics you have :wink: That is one heck of a catch :D It also looks like a lot of work laying there :P
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Re: Lyonch Trapping 2010

Postby lyonch » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:43 am

well i have had two checks since i recently posted, and one of them was on saturday when i was at the luke oyloe hunt, my trapping partner ran the line and collected the critters and came back with 14 coon, but left one of them at a coon feeder by accident. Here is the photo of what he collected that day.
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On sunday when i got back at 5am, i got the trapping partner up and we headed out to check the line again, and move some sets around. This is what we collected with less than a 24 hour sit.
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One of the coon we caught looked a lot like the 34 lb coon that was caught on one of my checks, so i told chad that we need to get a picture of this thing so people can see just how big a 34 lb coon looks. I guessed the weight to be right at 34 since it looked a lot like that one i caught and chad guessed at 36. The results:
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Here is a pic of chad with the 33.06 lb coon. For size reference, chad is about 6' and 250lbs.
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