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  • What is your favorite bait and scent to use in predator traps?

    What is your favorite bait and scent to use in predator traps?

  • #2
    That kind of depends on what critters you're targeting. Are you after fox, coyotes, coon, or what?

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    • #3
      Like huntfishtrap said,
      I would need to know specifically what you are going to target.

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      • #4
        What ever I can catch. Top animals include coyote, bobcat, fox, raccoon, and otter.

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        • #5
          For bobcat, coyote, and fox try rabbit or chicken, for raccoon and otter use sardines or tuna. Have also used canned catfood with good results.

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          • #6
            ---Here are just a FEW of the baits I have had success with. Note that many baits(no matter what you use) will also attract skunks and opposums...you just cant avoid them), so be prepared for this.
            -For raccoon you could try marshmellows, honey, and peanut butter.
            -For otter use fish(from the water they are in)/shellfish(Sometimes these traps will catch raccoons if they are not never deep in the water).
            -For bobcats you can use scrap meat from any other animals you have trapped(I even trapped a bobcat once in a trap baited with scraps from another bobcat). You could spread feathers (turkey/chicken - any will work) or crushed egg shells around the area of the trap to gain their attention.
            -For coyotes use mice, old meat/freezer burnt meat, sardines, canned tuna, carcass scraps.
            -For fox squirrel meat(or an entire carcass if you made a bad shot on it originally), rabbit meat, chicken meat(and feathers will attract foxes as well).

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            • #7
              - For coons, just about any food with a strong smell will work, they are not picky. My favorites include: fish (the "fishier" smelling the better); fish oil; muskrat flesh; chicken scraps, and for areas with roaming pets, marshmallows and peanut butter.
              - For bobcats, mice, feathers (eye attractant - use only where legal), and rabbit flesh.
              - For coyotes and fox, mice, rabbit and squirrel flesh, and deer/beef scraps.
              - For otters, I wouldn't bother with baited sets, otters are generally much easier to catch with a well-positioned blind set than even the best baited one.
              - Keep in mind that all I have listed are baits, I buy commercial lures/scents, instead of making my own, so for them I would look in any good trapping-supply catalog, and you'll find plenty of options. Just stick to the good, well-established brands and you probably can't go wrong.

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              • #8



                Hi...


                There are many trapper/luremakers who have been around for decades. Would recommend procuring their trapping/lure catalogs so you have an educated idea as to what's available.

                Lures can have some-to-great benefit in trapping fox, coyote and bobcats, depending on the skill of the maker.

                For the canines, their urine at the set will also be helpful, same with bobcats, and can be obtained from lure makers.

                For the bobcats, meat/fish baits, urine, and a visual "attention getter", again...if legal (as mentioned below).

                Since you mentioned predators only, you're then talking almost for land sets only. Don't know where you're located, but be careful, as many land sets will also take 'possums, skunks, and domestic pets.

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                • #9
                  i use red fox gland lure and canine call for fox and coyote. i use beaver meat and bobcat urine for bobcats

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                  • #10
                    I use alpo dog food for fox and coyote's sardines and honey of raccoon
                    Nothing on mink early later after ice-up Muskrat liver

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