how do I catch this stupid coon!?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HillCountryMomma, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    I guess the biggest problem is that the coon isn't stupid. Too darn smart actually.

    I've had the traps out for several nights now and still haven't caught the big coon that's been killing my hens (haven't lost any more hens either though, they've all agreed to settle into the coop and stay safe at night. Even my flock of young replacement pullets. Yea!).

    This morning I had a cat in one trap (again, stupid cats) and nothing in the other. The coon had dug under the trap and gotten every bit of bait I put out (marshmallows and catfood).

    So, I'm going to try to get all my cats locked up (hard to do with outdoor barn cats). Gonna put a piece of plywood under the traps so they can't be dug under.

    Will rebait with marshmallows and catfood since that seemed to be a winner.

    Any other ideas/tips?

  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    put something heavy on the plywood or trap so that it won't move the plywood from under the trap. They have brain and braun, so don't take them lightly [​IMG]
  3. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I just leave out the remaining chicken feed and leave a spot light out in that area at night. I aim my game cam at the area to see what time the raccoon tends to stop by each night. Then on the weekend I will make sure I'm awake at the prescribed times with my .22 handy.

    As soon as senor raccoon shows up in the middle of the night...blam!!! [​IMG]
  4. I was rushed by a female raccoon in my own feed room a few years back- they WILL bite...

    They're very hard to trap and sometimes they can get OUT by figuring the configuration of springs/latches. Our neighbor shot a problem raccoon a few days back by waiting for it in his garage, the coon was taking dog food.
  5. showme31

    showme31 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Moscow Mills MO
    I too have a cats that end up in the trap, so I feel for ya there. I have used grape jelly on a biscuit with success. My cats don't find them near as appealing as the coons. Although one afternoon it was way too tempting for one of my ducks. Ooops, LOL.

    My trap is zip tied to a piece of plywood. I don't have to worry about any thing digging under. I use a few cement blocks to stabilize the entire thing.

    Good luck
  6. punkin

    punkin Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    East Tennessee
    My sister had the same problem with a coon. She finally got a live trap and put a honey bun in it. She caught it the next night. [​IMG]
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Tie something shiny in the trap. Maybe even a couple things. Coons can't resist shiny objects and will try to get it at all cost! If it is tied in the trap then he won't be able to get it out unless he goes in to get it. Curiosity and greed will win in the end and you'll have your coon! Good luck!
  8. I wouldnt put catfood, you will keep catching cats. Coons love marshmellows, also any food scraps from that nights dinner will work well. Try out your trap, and make sure that it locks.
  9. jiminpa

    jiminpa Chirping

    Jun 19, 2008
    venango county,pa
    try peanutbutter. best coon lure going and fido and fefe don't care for it![​IMG]
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    If it were me, I would try canned cat food. Don't open the can all the way, just put several holes in it. They are not going to pull the whole can through the cage, but they can still smell it. Maybe even tie the can to the back of the cage, so when they go into the cage, they have to fidget with the can instead of just grab and go.

    If you try marshmellows again, maybe you can hang them in a way that they can't be reached from the bottom of the trap?


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