Coyotes vs. Wild Turkeys | Realtree

This is a great read about how everything is intermingled in the world of predator control.

Source: Coyotes vs. Wild Turkeys | Realtree

According to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD), additional predator “control” strategies (such as a bounty system or management method other than hunting and trapping) wouldn’t benefit wild turkeys.

In their current Big Game Management Plan 2010-2020 draft, the VFWD suggests that: “Predator/prey relationships are extremely dynamic and complex. These relationships involve a variety of factors which defy a simple, quick fix. Wild turkeys are prey to a long list of predators including coyotes, bobcats, foxes, fisher, weasels, skunks, opossum, raccoons, snakes, hawks, owls, domestic dogs, and humans. In the case of implementing ‘coyote control,’ for example, assuming that this could be effective, removal of coyotes would only reduce competition among the remaining host of predators that would continue to prey on turkeys.”

In other words, coyotes help control the list of other turkey predators.

“Coyotes, in fact, prey upon weasels, opossums, raccoons, foxes and rarely skunks,” the VFWD suggests. “All of these species are effective predators of nests, chicks, and nesting turkey hens. For this reason, it is possible that removal of coyotes could allow the populations of these other predators to increase resulting in more, not less, turkey predation and an overall decrease in a turkey population. Complex species relationships are common in nature.”

Could the wild turkey and coyote have more in common than we think?

“Many of the qualities that hunters admire so much about these birds, such as their incredible eyesight,ability to detect movement and wariness, are products of the turkey’s long evolutionary history that they share with their predators,” the current VFWD management plan draft suggests. “As wild turkey populations increase, the potential role of this species as a significant source of prey for other Vermont animals may now be greater than ever before.”

Predator hunting is encouraged however. There’s no closed season on Vermont coyotes, and a fall trapping season as well.

E-Books | The Dog Proof Trapper

Source: E-Books | The Dog Proof Trapper

Hey guys! Wanted to let you know that we have a new e-book on the site. It’s from Jeremiah Wood with Trapping Today. Great information. You also get $5 off if you order through The Dog Proof Trapper. Get yours today.

Today’s Catch

Welcome to tales from the trap line. A ongoing story of success and failure in the life a  weekend hobby trapper. 

1.18.16  Just wanted to give everyone an update on my trap line results from today. Would you believe a big fat zero? I am on a new piece of property made up of about 5 acres of logging roads and old home places here in the mountains of Sevier County. I had several Duke DP’s set out along the road where trails were intersecting down towards the creek. I had also set up three on the site of an old trailer directly opposite of the creek. Plenty of sign there, just need to wait it out and let the sets work. Many of you have asked what bait I use in my DP’s and it varies by location and temperature. If I am trapping new territory, I usually start off with dog food with a good squirt of fish oil in the trap and around the area leading up the trail. Sometimes in cold weather I switch to something loud smelling like sardines. This is a great alternative because you can buy them for cheap at stores, keep them in your trapping bag until use and they never go bad. Some people swear by marshmallows. It really all depends on the trapper and the location.

The weather here has turned bitterly cold with a low of 9 degrees forecasted for tonight. I doubt that I will get a lot of action with the dog food but I am going to let the sets sit awhile since its new property. These Dukes seem to be a pretty robust trap. The set tool that I bought makes them easy to set and the staking choices are endless. You can use metal rebar or attach with a wire to trees nearby. I usually use rebar for the simple fact of me not putting many traps in at one time. If I was running a long line, I would suggest the wire setup. I have notices that the green OD green paint comes off fairly easy once they are in the weather awhile. I am going to paint these white in the future of better eye appeal.

I hope everyone’s trapping season is going well. Be sure and share this site with others. Upcoming videos and an online store or in the future.

2.18.16  Well today was a good and bad one. I caught 2 squirrels and a possum in the dog proof traps. Squirrels! Who knew?  The letdown was the huge catch circle I found with the trap and stake missing……..I honestly think it was a fox or bobcat. A coon couldn’t have done this.IMG_0850 I broke a cardinal rule in trapping. I didn’t check my traps on my 24 hour schedule like I usually do and this this catch got away. Live and learn I suppose. I was using sardines for bait which seems to have really upped the catch since all this cold weather and snow. This weekend is supposed to be spring like and in the sixties so hopefully I will redeem myself. I also bought some AuSable disposable stakes and swivels, hoping to alleviate the pull out issue of the rebar. Another day in the life of this trapper.

 

Freedom Brand FB1 Dog Proof Trap

FB1-DP-TrapThe Freedom Brand FB1 Dog Proof Raccoon Trap is loaded with innovative features. The full back plate and quick set design make setting this trap fast, comfortable and easy without the need to reach down with your fingers to insert a dog into a trigger notch while spring wires are digging into your hands. Simply squeeze the back plate quickly to compress the strong music wire springs and the FB1 DP trap automatically sets. Or, squeeze the back plate more slowly and simply move your index finger a short distance to push the dog down and the trap is set. The FB1 DP trap can also be set by placing it on the ground and stepping on the back plate or pushing the back plate down with the palm of your hand.The innovative trigger and dog design of the Freedom Brand FB1 Dog Proof Raccoon Trap allows the trap to fire when the trigger is pulled up or pushed down. And, the innovative staking system allows you to set the FB1 DP Trap anywhere. You can push the stake into the ground where soil conditions permit. Or you can slide the chain system up the stake and insert the stake into the Freedom Brand DP Trap Stabilizer to allow you to use the FB1 DP trap on frozen ground, on rocky ground, in culverts, mounted to a tree or post, on concrete or wood floors in buildings — anywhere you want to catch coon. This allows you to combine the FB1 DP Trap with a longer chain and drag and to then set the trap in the best place to catch coons at a particular location instead of in a place you can find to push the stake into the ground.All of the new, innovative features of the Freedom Brand FB1 Dog Proof Raccoon Trap make it the dog proof trap of choice whether you trap as a hobby or to supplement your income or whether you rely on fur and/or ADC trapping to earn your living. The FB1 DP trap is proudly made in the U.S.A.

Source: QSR Outdoors – Products

 

New Videos

Good morning everyone! I wanted to let you know that I have put several new videos on the site that show dog proof traps and how to use them. The two this morning are from Eric Fleming with Fleming Traps in Ramer, Alabama. Not only are they from my home state but they are a great group of folks. Featured on the videos is the Duke and the Z-Trap. Both are excellent products. You can browse their website at www.flemingtraps.com.

 

National Trapping Association-Who They Are and Why You Should Care

This is a radio show segment from Clint Locklear’s Trapping Radio 2.0. Since there is a lot of negativity towards trapping, the NTA’s main focus is on getting the correct information out to the public regarding fur management. The National Trapping Association is a great organization. If you are not a member, I encourage you to get involved.

Source: Trapping Radio #175

To see more of Trapping Radio 2.0 you can see Trapping Radio 2.0

Today’s Catch

Well guys, this is the first catch from my DP traps that I set out several nights ago. The first is a 20lb boar coon that was taken on dog food and fish oil. Possums, I have learned love dog food too and are just as capable of being caught in a DP as that masked bandit of the night. Since I run a short weekend line, I had set out six Duke DP’s plus a Duke #3 and a snare. See I told you I liked leg holds a little! This was late on a Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, I checked the line and found those two possums above. On Sunday morning, I found Mr. Coon. I am not one to throw anything away. I am currently fleshing all three, while looking for someone to take the meat. Incidentally, I found out that coon peckers (sorry ladies) may be worth more than the fur is right now. This guy was definitely packing…….

When I worked my line on Monday morning, I found my snare and leg hold stolen and sets destroyed. I am sure some anti-American found them and threw them in the nearby pond. Such is the life of  a trapper.

What did I learn? Set your traps away from the road. Even on private property. Expect some losses. Put up cameras. Don’t get down on yourself or society. Tomorrows a new trapping day. Peace.