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post #1 of 20 Old 11-10-2012, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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trapping with horses

We thought it would be fun to try trapping with horses this fall and it was. Felt like jeremiah johnson , well other than the trailer to get there, but otherwise really fun. Hope it doesn't stir up too much trouble to post, if so just remove it. But here is a coyote that I caught. First one I have ever trapped.
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-10-2012, 03:27 PM
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Good for you. Hubby is trying to teach our boy to trap this year. Just going after small stuff like racoons.

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post #3 of 20 Old 11-10-2012, 04:51 PM
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Good for you. I used to trap and then moved to snaring just around calving and lambing grounds. Used horses in only one place. The rest were fairly accesible.

I hope if anyone thinks of trapping as those old iron things that cut legs off, they ask and let you tell them about how you do it.

I hope you use toe hold traps with drags, etc.
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post #4 of 20 Old 11-16-2012, 10:46 PM
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jerimiah johnson. one of my favorite movies.

i appreciate your posting the pic. post more up.
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post #5 of 20 Old 11-16-2012, 11:13 PM
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how is it caught? The thing with trapping is the length of time the animal must endure in what may be a horrifically painful state.
I'd rather see a photo of the coyote shot dead than it looking up at me with those eyes, of a captive in terror and pain.

I am not fanatically opposed to either hunting or trapping, but I take no pleasure is seeing even the despised coyote in that state.
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-17-2012, 12:02 AM
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I know nothing about this, and I pictured an old barbaric iron thing -

How is it caught please?

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post #7 of 20 Old 11-21-2012, 01:14 PM
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I grew up trapping with my grandfather, just a way of life, some will hate you for it, some will respect you for keeping up old traditions. What kinda set did you use in this catch? And checking your trapline on horseback, well that is just the best way to cover ground!
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post #8 of 20 Old 11-23-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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well like it or hate it but here is a picture of the trap. It is what is legal to use in our state. The area i was trapping was a 45 min. drive from the house and then a 3 hr horse ride round trip with no stops. (stopping took longer) I only did it until i caught this one because trying to make that kind of a trek everyday isn't the easiest(with real life work family, etc.). But to me it was worth it for the experience and to catch such a neat animal. Even though some hate them and blah blah blah. I think the coyotes are pretty neat and definently one of the smartest animals to trap. I have always wanted a nice pelt and this one to me was very pretty.

never mind pic won't load here is a website to buy one shows a pic.
F & T Fur Harvester's Trading Post - #3 Bridger Coil Spring Trap (Offset Jaws))
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post #9 of 20 Old 11-23-2012, 06:49 PM
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looks very cruel to me! When I was a kid a friend down the road and I used to unset this guys traps and throw them on the roof of the barn he used to keep animals in. Found lots of dead dogs, he used to have 3 ponies and they would be tied to a short chain attached to a tire. He would come out once a week to move the tire and refill a 5 gallon bucket with water. Anyways we used to let the ponies go, then catch them and take them to her barn that had stalls. he always knew where to go to fetch them back. Thats before we got our own. Sorry I brought this extra story up it just stirred the memories.

I have nothing against hunting if it is for a good reason but it must be done humanely with no suffering to the animal.
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post #10 of 20 Old 11-23-2012, 09:37 PM
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Okay, I'm going to keep my emotions out of this, and ask Makoda some more questions please as I am totally ignorant of trapping.

The trap looks like it clamps on without breaking the skin - am I correct in thinking this?

Does it get the animal's leg? I am guessing that the coyote in your picture was caught by a hind leg?

How do you then kill the animal you have trapped?

You say that the Coyote is one of the smartest animals you have trapped - do you mean that often they are able to get your bait without being trapped?

Is trapping legal in every state in the US?

Thank you for answering my questions.

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