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Favorite coyote trap and why?

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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby lyonch » Tue May 03, 2011 6:40 am

bucks - in my opinion, duke has come a long ways with there traps. the only concern i have with a duke 1.5 is the pan. Take a look at where it sits according to the levers. You have about 1.5" to work with from the pan to the jaws. If you grind down the pan a touch on each side, you can gain about an inch. With that being said, They are all i used and prefer on my water line. You need to keep in consideration, i am drowning them too. Since you are running on land, and you want to go with duke, i would recommend you look into the 1.75 then. The pan has a bigger kill area, and you will get a better grab on those fox for just a couple dollars more. With a 24 hour check, i wouldn't worry about chew outs.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby barebackjack » Tue May 03, 2011 7:10 am

I bought a dozen duke 1.75s last year, after seeing what I saw I bought a shitload more for coon this year.

For the money I was VERY surprised by them. Very strong springs, good geometry to the trap, high lever stop, thicker jaws than I expected, etc. (They held coyotes no problemo). The only cheap part to them is the pan screw and the chain system.

I do replace the factory cheap ass chain and swivels and center swivel them with a welded lap link around the base though. There are better traps out there yes, but when it comes to cost the Dukes are not that bad.


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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby lyonch » Tue May 03, 2011 7:16 am

I agree BBJ - they have a really cheap chain on them. For a drowning set up the chain is fine, but you toss that chain into a coyotes world and i think a person will have problems. Thanks for the hands on review for the 1.75's!!
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby barebackjack » Tue May 03, 2011 8:07 am

lyonch wrote:I agree BBJ - they have a really cheap chain on them. For a drowning set up the chain is fine, but you toss that chain into a coyotes world and i think a person will have problems. Thanks for the hands on review for the 1.75's!!


Very cheap chain. I had three of them now that ive found going through my batch that didnt even have one side of the double loop link wrapped back around to close it up! It was just kind of "crimped" back onto itself. :?


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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby lyonch » Tue May 03, 2011 12:46 pm

Since we are talking about chain, what do you guys prefer? I keep hearing that twist link chain is a lot easier to bed. I have always used USA #3 straight link chain myself.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby EO caller » Tue May 03, 2011 2:03 pm

I like the #2 or #3 twist chain for about three feet with three swivels. One at the trap one inline and one at the stake. Then if I'm going to use a drag I go another 3 to 6 feet of the double loop chain.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby Coyotehunter » Tue May 03, 2011 3:37 pm

I use #2 chain.........tough to find.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby bucksnbears » Tue May 03, 2011 4:55 pm

lottsa info for me to think about??. on one hand i want the best of the best. on the other, i want to make sure i can make some $$ and not sure if i wanna drop 1000's in equipt right away. on coon i'm quite sure i could put up some goood #'s. we don't have a great pop. of coyotes of fox here. i'll stew on it for a while. thanks for the input :D
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby barebackjack » Tue May 03, 2011 5:29 pm

I have stuff with #2, #3, straight and twist link, doesnt really matter to me as long as its quality chain.

That chinese crap is exactly that, crap. Ive gone through a box and found links unwelded, links welded together. It never fails too, you always find the bad piece right in the middle of a section youd like to use so you end up cutting that bad part out and wasting some chain. Crap.


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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby bucksnbears » Tue May 03, 2011 5:47 pm

maybe a dumb?? but why could you not replace the chain with cable?? i guess i'm having a hard time reasoning why the type of chain makes a diiference.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby lyonch » Tue May 03, 2011 6:50 pm

It all plays a role when you bed a trap bucks!

Jamie you mentioned that you use #2 and that it is tough to find. Do you know if it is USA #2 straight link that you use? fntpost.com carries #2 imported, twisted and USA straight link if you are in need of some.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby Coyotehunter » Tue May 03, 2011 7:24 pm

I get it from OGormans.....thanks for the heads up though. Most animals will chew right through that cable. It really is not that durable. I use 1/8" on my disposables, just the loop sticking out of the ground and squeeze down a j hook from my end swivel to my loop. I just cut the j hook and leave the cable there for next time when it is time to pull.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby EO caller » Wed May 04, 2011 9:04 am

I've been to about every hardware store in the country and even my wholesale venders can't compare with FnT as far as price go's. I havn't priced it at O'Gormans though. I'm sure if your a student its probly pretty damn good.
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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby barebackjack » Wed May 04, 2011 12:15 pm

I made my first order from FnT here a little while ago, mostly just because they had everything I needed in stock. Their prices are pretty comparable to Cumberlands down in Owattonna.


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Re: Favorite coyote trap and why?

Postby lyonch » Wed May 04, 2011 12:18 pm

Once you make an order with FNT a time or two, you will soon be using them all the time. They are top notch in my opinion. I really like the simple fact that shipping doesn't get over $20 unless you were to buy a bunch of buckets.

BBJ - Are you paying taxes on your stuff at cumberlands? That's where fnt beats them every time for me, oh and the shipping gets them too.
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