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Trapping Coons- Best bait to use

post #1 of 49
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I've tried sardines for several nights in a row and still haven't gotten anything but a possum.  What's the best bait you've used that's had the best results for catching coons.  I've got to catch these boogers!

post #2 of 49

Canned cat food.

post #3 of 49

...and chicken

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post #4 of 49

hmmm let's see apples, marshmallows, corn, peanut butter & catfood for starters wink

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Want to keep your flock safe? http://www.coonhoundrescue.com/  Adopt a Coonhound...poultry predators are a Coonhounds prey ~~~~~~ Mommy to 1 Black & Tan Coonhound, 1 Plott Hound, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Barred Rock hens, 2 EE hens, 2 Silkie hens, 1 Polish hen & 1 Silkie rooster & of course my wonderful understanding dh
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post #5 of 49

I use peanut butter and it works for me.

Please help with Egg Color Chart!

The Flock : 1 BA/EE hen, and Red (EE Rooster). The BA/EE hen hatched out 6 chicks September 4/5, 5 are hers and the other is half CM, 1 Brown Leghorn pullet and 3 roosters ( I'm looking to give the roosters away so if you are interested let me know) and a mixed breed bantam hen

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Please help with Egg Color Chart!

The Flock : 1 BA/EE hen, and Red (EE Rooster). The BA/EE hen hatched out 6 chicks September 4/5, 5 are hers and the other is half CM, 1 Brown Leghorn pullet and 3 roosters ( I'm looking to give the roosters away so if you are interested let me know) and a mixed breed bantam hen

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post #6 of 49

i just drop in some white bread. worked better for me than cat food.  maybe they see it better in the dark.

post #7 of 49

molasses, karo syrup , honey bun sweet corn , grapes (scuppernongs) bout half rotten (fermented) persimmons


Edited by aprophet - 11/1/11 at 4:56pm
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You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
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post #8 of 49
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Originally Posted by bantamboy93 

I've tried sardines for several nights in a row and still haven't gotten anything but a possum.  What's the best bait you've used that's had the best results for catching coons.  I've got to catch these boogers!


The sardines really should do it.  Raccoons pick through garbage, they'll eat just about anything.  Let me tell you my first coon trapping  story.

I remember trapping our first raccoon we were outsmarted by the thing repeatedly.  We were still learning how to set the trap. wink


The first night, we had some venison scraps leftover, so we put a hunk of meat halfway between the push lever and the back of the trap. The coon reached over the lever, grabbed the meat, and got way. 

Second night, we twist tied the piece of meat to the back wall of the trap.  The coon untwisted the tie from outside trap to free the meat, went in, reached over the trip lever, and got another tasty morsel that night. 

Third night, we staked the trap down with 6 tent stakes, and smeared peanut butter all over the ground and on the trip lever.  The d@mm thing flipped the trap and licked the grass clean.  barnie

We finally got it by tying a piece of meat from the roof of the trap hanging down about 2 inches so it'd have to really get in there and mess with it to get it undone. Picture a twine ball around the piece of meat. big_smile. It worked!

Good luck.  wink


Edited by off-grid hen - 11/1/11 at 5:06pm
Off the grid since 1998. Wife to a wonderful DH of 10 years, Mommy to a fantastic 7 year old little boy and 23 chickens. Partridge Rocks, Dominiques, Rose Comb Brown Leghorns, EE's Welsummer, and some mutts. I have also started raising meat birds.


My coop build thread
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/499098/woods-on-wheels-update-added-more-photos
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Off the grid since 1998. Wife to a wonderful DH of 10 years, Mommy to a fantastic 7 year old little boy and 23 chickens. Partridge Rocks, Dominiques, Rose Comb Brown Leghorns, EE's Welsummer, and some mutts. I have also started raising meat birds.


My coop build thread
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/499098/woods-on-wheels-update-added-more-photos
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post #9 of 49

I have had excellent success with marshmallows. I didn't want to use cat food because that's what my cats eat.

Our coop    http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=187271
Our Whizbang Chicken Plucker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-WPHTYDN4

1 Dog, 3 Cats, and a whole bunch of chickens!! (Mostly Buckeyes with a couple Easter Eggers, Sex-links, Blue Cochins, Barred Rocks, and Black Copper Marans)
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Our coop    http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=187271
Our Whizbang Chicken Plucker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-WPHTYDN4

1 Dog, 3 Cats, and a whole bunch of chickens!! (Mostly Buckeyes with a couple Easter Eggers, Sex-links, Blue Cochins, Barred Rocks, and Black Copper Marans)
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post #10 of 49

As everyone has posted, you can use almost anything. The problem is they have to get in the trap before the other varmints do. Possums will kill chickens too, so kill all you can. Good luck.

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