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Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:17 am

Ok before the shoot him responses start. I live in town with neighbors and small children so I cant shoot him at my house. I have a live trap and will take him to a racoon farm in the country :wink: . What do you use for bait so I dont get a skunk or neighbors small child.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby TrapperRob » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:27 am

I would try marshmallows and maybe sardines... If you are cage trapping him make sure you put the opening where he is traveling also put a few marshmallows at the entrance of the cage and then some on the trigger. also be sure to put put some guide sticks to lead him in. Hope it helps

Note: make sure you stake it good, he's gonna be pissed when he realizes he's trapped.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Locked&Loaded » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:30 am

I asked an old farmer this same question and he replied with "marshamallows and a peanut butter sandwich." He was dead serious. I tried it and it worked like a charm. However, be warned, I also caught a skunk. If you do catch a skunk and there is a creek or canal close by, you can tie a long length of rope to the catch live trap and drag the stinky little SOB to his watery death (also a tip from the farmer). Good luck!
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Botiz630 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:34 am

You can catch anything that walks, crawls or flys with peanut butter.

If you catch a skunk, here's a tip - they can't spray if they are upside down. So if (when) you catch one, sneak up to the trap, flip it upside down and grab him before he can right himself. It's as simple as that.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:36 am

Appreciate it guys. marshamallows it is. buddy offered a 330 conabear but too many little kids around.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Locked&Loaded » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:38 am

Botiz630 wrote:You can catch anything that walks, crawls or flys with peanut butter.

If you catch a skunk, here's a tip - they can't spray if they are upside down. So if (when) you catch one, sneak up to the trap, flip it upside down and grab him before he can right himself. It's as simple as that.


I thought skunks couldn't spray during the daylight hours? If Ohio does catch a skunk, I think he should be fine to approach the trap cautiously, reach in and gently pull the little bugger out, coddle him like a kitten and allow it to ride shotgun in his truck on the way to the skunk sanctuary.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby TrapperRob » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:42 am

Also, if your worried about catching a skunk you could use a dog proof trap. Just make sure it is staked with 24" of rebar or something and has a swivel on it. Set it away from anything he can get leverage with to pull on it. He will stick his hand I there to get the bait and be caught. You would need a catch pole to transfer him to a cage.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby assateague » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:46 am

Marshmallows do work. On the advice of another trapper, I started adding vanilla, and that worked even better. Just split the marshmallow and dribble a little vanilla extract in there.

In my experience, the dogproof traps suck. I've caught a few, but have lost far more, and have also caught quite a few possums. The advantage of the dogproof is that if you get him, you can just crack him in the head with a bat, then throw him in the trash can and not have to take him anywhere. Just crack him good and stand on him to make sure he's dead.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:47 am

TrapperRob wrote:Also, if your worried about catching a skunk you could use a dog proof trap. Just make sure it is staked with 24" of rebar or something and has a swivel on it. Set it away from anything he can get leverage with to pull on it. He will stick his hand I there to get the bait and be caught. You would need a catch pole to transfer him to a cage.


Lol. You sir are way above my level of experience, I have no idea what you are talking about. :biggrin: . I'm not smart enough to know which bait to use for racoons. I'd end up stuck in it and have to call titz to come get me out. All he'd do is take pics and post them on here
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby TrapperRob » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:54 am

Assa,
Dog proofs can be hit or miss, kinda like muskrat floats I've noticed. That vanilla extract tip is golden though, I'm gonna try it.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby assateague » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:52 am

I accidentally left the cap off of mine in my trapping bag last season. Effed everything up. Had to take everything out and clean it off, even did stuff like wax my sifter pan and hammer because it stunk so bad I wasn't sure I got all the scent off. Sucked.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:03 pm

I used to work for a company trapping coons out of houses. Start with marshmallows with vanilla poured on them. if it doesn't work, move on to a twinkie with vanilla poured on top. As far as relocating the animal, they carry a lot of diseases and the state required us to kill them at another location or gas them on the spot. When you are transferring the coon, be sure to keep your fingers outside and away from the cage. If you are bitten, it's better to take the coon alive with you to the specialist that will check you for rabies. He can determine a lot faster if the coon is infected and it may save you a few needles in the stomach.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:10 pm

JuniorPre 360 wrote:I used to work for a company trapping coons out of houses. Start with marshmallows with vanilla poured on them. if it doesn't work, move on to a twinkie with vanilla poured on top. As far as relocating the animal, they carry a lot of diseases and the state required us to kill them at another location or gas them on the spot. When you are transferring the coon, be sure to keep your fingers outside and away from the cage. If you are bitten, it's better to take the coon alive with you to the specialist that will check you for rabies. He can determine a lot faster if the coon is infected and it may save you a few needles in the stomach.


he's getting relocated to somewhere I can shoot him with out the neighbors getting pissed
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby assateague » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:23 pm

Just bash him on the head. Or, if he's in a live trap, use a metal rod and a hammer. Seriously. Don't overcomplicate it.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:27 pm

assateague wrote:Just bash him on the head. Or, if he's in a live trap, use a metal rod and a hammer. Seriously. Don't overcomplicate it.



Wow, Thanks Assa. It never dawned on me to hit him. I would have loaded him in the bed of the truck drove to the farm and shot him. Now im going to smack him with a hammer and throw him in the trash. Told y'all i wasnt very smart
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Cujo1 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:35 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
assateague wrote:Just bash him on the head. Or, if he's in a live trap, use a metal rod and a hammer. Seriously. Don't overcomplicate it.



Wow, Thanks Assa. It never dawned on me to hit him. I would have loaded him in the bed of the truck drove to the farm and shot him. Now im going to smack him with a hammer and throw him in the trash. Told y'all i wasnt very smart

Don't throw him in the trash, it is called evidence.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OGblackcloud » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:37 pm

Plant a knife on him then you can claim self defense
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby whistlin_wings » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:38 pm

OGblackcloud wrote:Plant a knife on him then you can claim self defense

Or a pack of skittles and arizona ice tea
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Cujo1 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:39 pm

OGblackcloud wrote:Plant a knife on him then you can claim self defense

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Or a throwaway gun, everybody should keep one of those around :thumbsup:
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby assateague » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:40 pm

WARNING: coons are notoriously hard to kill. I can whack a fox a glancing blow on the head with my piece of rebar, and he will be pretty much dead, then a simple standing on will finish it. A coon, on the other hand, can take a Babe Ruth homerun swing square to the head with the same rebar, followed up by one or two more when he is on the ground, and then still lift me up and down with his breathing as I stand all of my 200 pounds on him. They do die, but they are easily the hardest thing to kill which I get in my traps. Matter of fact, if I have my gun I shoot them every time. But sometimes they'll get in my fox sets, where I don't expect them, and have only the rebar.

I don't want you to be hesitant about it, but just be aware that you have to kill them with a purpose. I don't want to see an enraged raccoon come flying out of your trashcan when he comes to. :lol3:
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Locked&Loaded » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:46 pm

Ohio- please have someone video you head bashing the racoon. I am interested to see video footage no matter who wins the battle.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:50 pm

Locked&Loaded wrote:Ohio- please have someone video you head bashing the racoon. I am interested to see video footage no matter who wins the battle.


I will post the epic battle. No matter the victor. I will however edit out the part where I am crying or screaming like a 12 year old girl
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Cujo1 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:52 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
Locked&Loaded wrote:Ohio- please have someone video you head bashing the racoon. I am interested to see video footage no matter who wins the battle.


I will post the epic battle. No matter the victor. I will however edit out the part where I am crying or screaming like a 12 year old girl

Hell, I thought you were a 12 year old girl. My bad
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Botiz630 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:53 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
Locked&Loaded wrote:Ohio- please have someone video you head bashing the racoon. I am interested to see video footage no matter who wins the battle.


I will post the epic battle. No matter the victor. I will however edit out the part where I am crying or screaming like a 12 year old girl


Nope, that's what we want to see.
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Re: Trapping an in town Racoon?

Postby Locked&Loaded » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:54 pm

Cujo1 wrote:
OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
Locked&Loaded wrote:Ohio- please have someone video you head bashing the racoon. I am interested to see video footage no matter who wins the battle.


I will post the epic battle. No matter the victor. I will however edit out the part where I am crying or screaming like a 12 year old girl

Hell, I thought you were a 12 year old girl. My bad


:lol3: :lol3: And he wasn't really in the running for DHC's baddest dude, so leaving the crying and screaming in the video won't hurt your chances there.
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