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Old 01-10-2007, 06:32 PM
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I have snapped a lot of # 1 1/2 coil springs on my hand when I used to put on trapping demonstrations

Are you saying that the area that has a trap set in it must be marked some way telling that a trap is set there? I under stand having a tag showing ownership, like we do in Michigan, on the trap self but marking a set location would only be inviting some one to steal your traps.

The big marsh trappers around here have flagging on there long trap stakes in order to be able to find there sets and also to let the other trappers know what area has already been set. It has also cost some trappers a bunch of traps when a thief has gone thru and stole there fur and traps when they weren't around.


A standard fox trap, 1 1/2 coil is maybe 4 inches across. While at a hearing on an anti trapping bill in Lansing one time an anti busted a pencil in one. The president of the trappers assn went up and stuck his hand in the same rap with no injury. He got the legislators attention and the bill never got out of committee.
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:42 PM
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Could a trap like that hurt my dog, a 100 lb yellow lab? I would guess not because that fox didn't look too hurt, but I also didn't do a physical on it.
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Old 01-10-2007, 07:01 PM
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fabs, that size of trap would not hurt your dog. I have had my dogs get caught in coyote size traps and they were not hurt.
He might yelp and jump but that would be more from surprise than anything. has been stated putting a sign up to mark location just gives the anti-trappers an easy target. Thankfully that is not a requirement where I live. If you are on private property then you have to have permission to be there in the first place. Most trappers have a working relationship with the landowners and tell them where the traps are set.

There will always be idiots and trespassers unfortunately.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:51 PM
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It is required on certain national forest lands only, not private lands. I had to read up on it to make sure I wont fibbin and it looks like i was....sorta lol
They dont require metal tags for landowners either.

The stealin thing aint to bad here i reckon cause alot of folks mark their traps. Big er small, I wouldnt want in one and I appreciatte the fact that they take the time to mark em.
But, there's bad apples in every bushel fer sure...caint say I ever had a trap stolen...yet anyways.....but just like grant winnin the war tween the states...there's a first time fer everything i reckon
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