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Carl Fox
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Best live trap bait for coons

What is the best live trap bait to catch coons with in your experience as a coon hunter?
I have done some experimenting this spring and found there are numberous ways to attrack coons to the cages but they are not that easy to get inside the cages.
i caught the same coon twice but had to out smart him the 2nd time .He would steal the bait from the outside honey buns ,grape cool aide and vanilla extract.he would go in the cage and rack off the honey bun with out setting off the trigger,so the best thing i have found is hot wing chicken bones put some behind the trigger and tie a couple with thread or fishing line so the coon has to step on the trigger and his weight will cause the lid to close and you have him.
Does anyone else have any ideas of how to fool them and get them in the cage? I know if you don't cover around the outsides and top you are just wasting your time most likely for they will steel your bait from the outside.

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sardines

pull the tab up and crack the lid about a quarter inch... leave tab upright and place a stick through both sides of the cage and through the ring of the sardine can! works for me every time. the only con to this is one in ten will be a possum

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i just put the bait under the traps pan and when the coon tries to get it, bam he's caught. i have the best luck on peanut butter.

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........thin line of Karo syrup leading into the trap........chocolate chip cookies inside..........you can catch 'em in a ripe sweet corn patch with this..............

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brown sugar, peanut butter, powdered donuts, honey buns, almost anything that is sweet will get them in the trap quickly.

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big marshmellows work best for me.

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The problem is not the bait. The problem is the coon are getting trap shy. Do you think if you got worked over when you went into a IHOP that you would keep going back?

When I was doing Animal Damage Control (ADC) work every now and then I would run into coons that were trap shy. The more you catch them the worse they get.

My best recommendation is find a new set location and forget that one. In the long run it will be much less head ache.

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Something I started using this spring and have yet to go to an empty cage with is mixing peanut butter and dog food. I cut off a pop bottle and mix them together.

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peanut butter with dog food mixed in has been working great for me. I always catch a coon on the 2nd night using this.
I cut the bottom of a 2 liter pop bottle. Sprinkle some of the dog food around the cage and leading in the door.

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Bait

Some one told me once Plain or BQ Corn Chips from Fritto lay was the best they ever saw for Coons they eat every thing out side and inside the trap ............. thats what they said anyways

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think i will try that too..peanut butter mixed in dog food

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I use a little bowl of molasses.

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i think

i think the molasses is the best,maybe saok a peice of bread in it and put it in little peices . it will work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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lol

we use shrimp it works 4 us

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TUNA FISH AND SMALL MARSH MELLOWS MAKE A TRAIL OF MARSH MELLOWS GOING INTO THE TRAP ABOUT 10-15 BEHIND THE TRUDDEL - MAKE A SCENT TRAIL WITH THE TUNA OIL 10' IN FRONT OF THE TRAP LEADING INTO THE TRAP IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH FISH OIL TO PUT INTO A SPRAY BOTTLE MAKE A -T- SHAPE TRAIL GOING IN. PUT MEAT BEHIND THE TRUDDEL I HAVE TRAPPED MY WHOLE LIFE IM 31YR TRAPPED FOR A LIVING 5YR. THIS IS THE BEST WAY I HAVE EVER SEEN ALTHOUGH COON WILL EAT MANY THINGS. P.S. STAKE YOUR TRAP DOWN IF NOT THEY'LL ROLL IT. HOPE THIS HELPS.

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bait

I TAKE A PILL BOTTLE MAKE HOLE IN BOTTOM FILL PACK MY FEEDER BUCKET CANDY INSIDE IT PUT A WIRE THOURGH IT HANG IN THE BACK OF CAGE,BETWEEN THE TIGER AND BACK WHEN HE STANDS UP TO GET IT,YOU WILL GET HIM EVERY TIME.HAVE HAD 2 IN ONE TRAP BEFORE.

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There is no "best bait" for coons. There are so many things that will work that it is almost limitless. I use large marshmellows just because they are very cheap and very simple to use. At one time I made the effort to conceal and camo my traps but not anymore, I set them along a creek, out in the open, in plain sight and catch one every night. I have also caught them with no bait at all. They just go in out of curiousity I guess.

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Jack Mackrel.It has a "loud" fish smell to it.It is guaranteed to catch coon...and lots of them.

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honeybuns work well , and ive cuaght some on jelly, and also i have took some corn and some cool-aid and mixed them together and had good luck with that also

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we use golf balls... they must think it's an egg and they sure can't eat em.... saves on feeding em outta my cupboards and we set the traps by creeks and almost anywhere coon make themselves a pain ie... dairy barns, etc

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bait

big marshmellows and grape jelly

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sardines........will always work.....coons just cant turn em down.....

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What Works For Me

Is rice crispy treat I take a big bottle of Vanila Xtract (you can get it at a dollar store for $1 Big Bottle) I poke holes into the top of the bottle and let it drip all the way into where I am going to set my tap once I set my trap I pour some on top of the rice crispy treat and I drip some in front of the trap . Here is also a little tip alway cover your trap with brush , limbs and leaves camo the trap coons are smart and when you camo the trap they think they are going into a hole to eat, This has worked for me everytime.

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The problem is not the bait. The problem is the coon are getting trap shy. Do you think if you got worked over when you went into a IHOP that you would keep going back?

When I was doing Animal Damage Control (ADC) work every now and then I would run into coons that were trap shy. The more you catch them the worse they get.

My best recommendation is find a new set location and forget that one. In the long run it will be much less head ache.

I concur!

We use a lot of "proffesional" berry smelling baits, is that what you used Larry?

Honey Buns, tuna fish, peanut butter, McDonalds Chicken Nuggets, they all work. Some lead to more critters that your not after though.

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Strawberry jelly sandwich & you won't catch grinner's or skunk's. All I've caught using that is coon.

Good luck!!

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