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Ty Ford
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Is it true....

That a caged coon will return home after you turn it loose? Have heard from some people that taking coons to where I hunt and turn loose does no good because they will try and return home.

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Tully
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You be they will. I haul them at least 20-25 miles if people are giving them to me to use with pups.

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Ty Ford
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It's about 35 miles from the house to where I hunt. Hopefully some will stay so I can work puppies this fall.

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The best luck you will have with coons is catch a sow with little ones are catch young coons and even last years kittens put them on a creek where food is plentiful and dens trees anything with any size to it is not staying!!!it has been documented a coon travels 67 miles to return to it's home most I don't think will go that far unless it would be on a river etc... But what I do know is Amy coon with Amy age on it at all is not staying where you turn them loose!!!

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Ty Ford
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Wow 67 miles. I've turned a couple a kittens loose right on a creek with plentynfood and dens. Maybe they'll stay. Guess all the big ones was a waste of time.

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I've had good luck with sows with kits, but I don't think an older boar or barren sow will stay. Not sure that a boar in this country has a home range. Relocated a couple of litters with sows a couple of years ago and put a bucket in the area till fall and believe most stayed.

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When my dad and I would get coons people had caught we would keep them up in a pen for a week or so and then go turn them out. This seemed to work pretty well. We took one the day it was caught and took it probably 20 miles to a spot and turned it out. A week and a half later the man called us up and said he had us another coon but he thought it was the same one he had already caught. We got there and sure enough it was the same one. It had a big scar on its back and you could plainly see it was the same coon. This coon crossed countless roads, a mountain, and a lot of water to go home. It was a nice sized boar coon.

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I know a man that painted a orange strip down ones back and took it to town and turned it loose, three days later he caught the same coon . It had went 17 miles as the crow flies.

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quote:
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I know a man that painted a orange strip down ones back and took it to town and turned it loose, three days later he caught the same coon . It had went 17 miles as the crow flies.
I have done the same experiment with green paint turned 10 coon with paint on them loose where my buckets are 12 miles from the lady's porch where I caught the coons I caught 15 more coon off her porch and never saw one with green paint but I did tree 3 that had paint on them where my buckets are what stood out the most is how fast the paint wears off after only a month you can barely see a few small flecks of paint stuck to their fur.never do I turn loose a big boar coon in my spots they will run your other coon off quicker than a disease

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a old man told me one time the best way to get a coon to stay is after you turn it loose watch what tree the coon goes up then nail a feeder bucket to it.

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I think some people are full of chit! If coons were traveling 15 miles to get back to where you catch them here, they'd be flat on the road. I believe they prolly don't stay where you cut them but they aren't homing pigeons for gods sake.

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Ysudep maybe you better do some research before you start throwing innuendoes around about coon not traveling !!! A coon usually stay within a mile radius nightly feeding boars that are rutting usually travel 6 miles a night in search of sows to breed !!! Im not saying everyone goes like that but I will tell you in the last 8 years have turned over200 loose around the house and guess what if I started killing coon in 30 nights I could propably make it pretty hard to strike one around here!! Also coons in the area where you cut them loose will run them out of the area ! I saw the 67 miles recorded on some research I was doing on the topic !! You are more than welcome to google it yourself and do your own research and then you will be educated on the subject!!!

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john Duemmer
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They deffinatly travel back if they are mature coon, how many make it all the way before they find a place they like i dont have a clue.

When i was a kid we got overrun with farm cats so my oldman caught up a big bunch and drove them 20 miles to a friends dairy farm, within 2 weeks half of them were back. The next solution was more permanent.Lol.

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Larry Atherton
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There have been studies done on relocated small nuisance animals including coon.

Only 10-20% actually live. Most end up dead on the road. This topic is of importance for ADC businesses. Any more in Michigan the DNR would just prefer everyone to dispatch an animal instead of relocating it.

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I believe I said the coons will more than likely travel out of the woods their turned in? But I'll stick by my thought that coons aren't traveling 17 miles to get back to the same woods they were caught in.

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If you saw it on the Internet after you googled it, it must be true. Lol

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We've been GOOGLED.

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I'd say it depends on what kind of terrain and living they've got wherever you drop them out at. if life is good I doubt they'd waste too much time trying to get home.

Also I'm sure they'd be more apt to try to head home if they have young kittens.

Plus, a coon is a fairly intelligent creature. I'd say if you catch one in a live trap and scare it half to death it's less likely to go back in one. Maybe they are coming back but they aren't getting caught again? I doubt they are that smart, but I guess they could be.

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I'd say it depends on what kind of terrain and living they've got wherever you drop them out at. if life is good I doubt they'd waste too much time trying to get home.

Also I'm sure they'd be more apt to try to head home if they have young kittens.

Plus, a coon is a fairly intelligent creature. I'd say if you catch one in a live trap and scare it half to death it's less likely to go back in one. Maybe they are coming back but they aren't getting caught again? I doubt they are that smart, but I guess they could be.



Yes, Paul coons become trap shy, but so do most house cats if they are not crate raised. In fact, many of the ADC jobs I have had in the past were animals that several others failed to catch.

Just how smart are coons? When I was about 13, coons were tearing my grandparents garbage up. So i set a live trap. Several nights the traps was set off and the bait missing with no raccoon. I asked grandpa if we could could set up and see what was going on. To my surprise, he agreed.

I would have never guessed what was happening. There were 4 large coons. They came running to the trap. It was an actual foot race. The first coon ran inside the trap and the door came. It then sat down and ate all the bait. then it turned around and started pushing on the door. the other 3 outside the trap also started pushing on the door. They managed to open the trap and allow the coon inside to get out.

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