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DustyC 11/12

Postby DustyC » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:15 am

Finally remembered to take a couple pics of what I caught yesterday. This is the third cat this season. I jumped all over this new location and it's really paying off. Just since the 15th i've caught 3 cat's and 6 coyotes out of 8 traps and 32 snares. More pics to come.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby LeviM » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:55 pm

Way to go peckerhead! Just kidding, very jealous!!!!!! Keep staking those cats
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby Prairie Ghost » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:36 pm

Nice work and good looking kitty!!
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby lyonch » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:20 am

Thanks for runbbing in the cat pics :cry: !! I really wish we had decent cats here :roll:

Congrats on the success of the new spot 8)
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby DustyC » Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:14 am

And #4!!! :D Nice big tom that I caught at a great spot where the rocky hill meets with the sage brush flat.
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The second pic really pisses me off!!!!!! :evil: :evil: :evil: This is one of the reasons this guy doesn't get to trap this spot anymore. The cat has been dead for at least 1 month if not more. He was supposed to pull all of his equipment this past winter after the manager of the ranch caught him stealing at least 2 of my cat's. Now I know he won't be trapping here for sure this year.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby EO caller » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:14 pm

Are your cats Primed up prettty good Dusty? I'm gonna get started Sunday. Sick of the dogs. Its been a long month and a half. :? Can't wait to see spots. :D
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby DustyC » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:27 am

They really are. Real heavy fur to the 4 that I've caught so far. :D
Here are some pics of some coyotes and a few shots of why I'm going back to the #3 Montana Special traps. I have never had a toe catch with one or a poer out. The coyote below was trying to roll a flagged cat set. He wasn't going anywhere after that!! :twisted:
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The next 2 are of a coyote double I caught. I couldn't get them to line up for the shot! :lol:
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All of my cats have been caught really high and there hasn't been much slippage or paw damage!!!
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby EO caller » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:07 am

Yep, the next new traps I buy are gonna be Montana's. I run mostly dogless Montgomery's and I love em. I tried the Bridgers #3's this year and don't think to much of them. Cheap metal, always having to retune after a catch. They do hold well though.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby Prairie Ghost » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:59 pm

Way to go Dusty! Looks like you got a good season start.

However i would pay attention to what you post the AFR's watch these sites just as much as we do.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby DustyC » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:40 am

Heres #6! :D
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This is a picture of the set that caught him. I learned it from one of the best cat guys around. Tom Krause. He calls it a chicken on a post, modified. It's a cubby set cut into a low hanging juniper. The trap is set in between the rock on the right and the little piece of dried up sage on the left. You put one big stick behind the trap pretty tight. Set the trap out a little way's just in case the cat doesn't want to commit, you can still catch him.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby 1Shooter » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:59 pm

Way to go Dusty! Nice lookin' cat! Keep sockin' it to 'em! :)
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby Coyotehunter » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:36 pm

I have not been overly impressd with the Montana's and love the bridgers. I do wish they came with a better dog though, pretty weak. I buy the Ogorman replacements and they are bullet proof.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby DustyC » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:11 am

I know we've had thisn conversation before but besides being fussy to tune up whats your other complaints about the Montanas? I like the dogless design of the montanas and the last dozen I bought just need a little pan adjustment. The jaws sat really flat for a trap straight out of the factory. There was only 2 traps that had to have the trigger filed and the rest all tested between the 3-4 # of pan tension that I like.

I really haven't had any of my bridgers tore up or my montanas.

EO, why don't you and anyone else on here chime in on the bridger #3 and the montana #3.
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby LeviM » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:51 am

I have been using bridger #2s, and #3s for a few years now. They are coyote catching machines. My biggest complaint is the prep work. It takes alot of offseason work to prep them. I tried the MB650s this season, these traps are way to powerfull for coyotes. I had alot of foot damage and almost lost a coyote. I also broke my finger when I had a mishap :(
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Re: DustyC 11/12

Postby EO caller » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:00 am

I run a bit of everything. Sterling's, MB 650's , Bridger #3's, Monty #3's. Here is my run down. And by no means am I a trap mechanic, or too much of an experienced trapper. I've had a couple of good years is all.
The MJ600's are probly the cadilac of traps as far as toughness. I have trouble getting the pan level and the tension is tough to adjust. Plus I like to use screen and its tough with these traps.The ADC guy in my county runs nothing but MJ's with the smallest pan he can put on them with cupcake paper for the pan cover.
The MB 650 is a awsome trap. I laminated them myself and they will hold something till it expires. Strong enough to break frozen ground (and fingers) and are ready to set out of the box. Just adjust the tension and go. But I can only set them by hand if I'm fresh early in the morning. (I have bad elbows and a shoulder going to hell) Otherwise I have to stand on them. I don't like to do that. And the pan cover thing applies here again
Bridgers are just a hot mess IMHO. Lots of prep work, weak dogs, everytime I catch something I have to re adjust. I will say once they get ahold of something they will not let it go. Once again I'm not much of a trap mechanic.
If you were to ask me to throw away everthing but one kind of trap that I own I would keep my #3 montgomeries. They are easy to set, bed, most mine are laminated and they are all offset and they don't let go. They are easy for me to adjust if I ever need too. And maybe its because they are what I was raised with.
It all relative, they are all good traps in there own way. Its different strokes for different folks. I also think everone should own a 257 weatherby just because thats what I hunt with. CH would say that everbody should shoot a 22-6 because he loves his. I am still in the testing stage though trap wise. My mind is open. I'm gonna try some Montanas this next year and I also want to buy a couple of theose Jakes. But just a couple. Freakin spendy. :shock: There ya go Dusty. Let the EO bashing begin.
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