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How to Skin and Flesh a Coon [Video]

There are many ways a trapper can sell their fur. Some trappers sell their catch in the round, others only skin it and sell it green, but to get the most for your fur the best method is to skin, stretch and dry it before selling.  It is an easy task to accomplish, but if done wrong you fur could be of little value.

When coons and possums become muddy the mud has to come out.This is easiest done when as soon as you dispatch it.  If the animal has to get wetter than what it already is, it best to do it as soon as you can to give it time to dry before skinning.  Squeeze the water out and pop the animal as best as you can to get even more water out.  This is harder to do than a smaller mink.  Lay the animals out in the back of your vehicle without touching other animals so they can begin the drying process.

For any animals you dispatch it is vital to keep the pelt free of blood as possible and to get it cooling.  If you shoot you catch, pick the animal up by the hind legs and allow the blood to run out.  When you get to your vehicle wrap the animals head in newspapers to absorb any blood and prevent it getting on the rest of the fur.

Now that the fur is back home, the task of skinning is next.  Without sharp knives of the proper size the task of skinning is impossible, but there are items needed to complete the job.  I like to have a skinning apron to protect my clothing from the greasy animals and I always wear latex gloves.  The gloves not only keep your hands clean, but also protect you from diseases that some animals carry.  I always have a good supply of rags on hand to clean up as I go.

Check out this video to learn how to properly skin and flesh a coon.

 

Grey Fox Bites Trapper [Video]

Trappers often target grey fox, but not this time.

When Chris Gilliman caught this grey, he was hoping for something else.

Instead of dispatching the animal, he decided to release it.

Often, trappers release non-target catches without incident, but not his time.

Thinking the fox was calm, the trapper began to remove the uninjured fox.

That is when the fox decided to bite.

Check out this video.

How to Make a Hay Set for Coyotes [Video]

Coyotes can often be fooled with a hay set. When it gets too frozen to dig a trap bed, switch to hay sets. Just pick up a few armloads of hay, and throw it in the back of the truck for your sets. Another reason to use a hay set is the eye appeal. In hay fields and open fields hay is a natural thing. It stands out, but is not unnatural. I also use hay sets if there is a lot of mud around. You don’t even have to dig a trap bed, lay the trap on a fluff of hay, cover with more hay, add lure and/or bait, and the set is complete.

Once you catch a coyote in the hay set, you will need to know how to remake the set.  This is a good video to watch.

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Catching Coyotes Using a Dirt-Hole Set [VIDEO]

The dirt-hole set is popular among trappers trying to catch coyotes, foxes, coons and other furbearers.  Coyotes and foxes probably are the two most popular critters to target with the dirt-hole set.  The post set is also popular.

The tools needed to make a dirt-hole are minimal.  A trowel to dig the hole and the trap bed is required, along with a sifter to hold the dirt you dig, and to sift it back over the trap.  To begin making a dirt-hole dig a hole at about forty-five degrees.  The angle at which you dig the hole does not have to be perfect.  Just make sure it has enough of an angle that an animal cannot see the bottom of the hole from every direction.  A hole almost straight up and down will not work.  The hole is intended to make the animal come in from a certain direction to see into the hole.  Also, if the hole were straight up and down it would be very hard for a passing animal to notice it.

A trap bed only needs to be big enough to hold the trap and fastening device.  If you use a grapple, the bed will have to be deeper than if you were only staking the trap solid.  Dirt is an attractant at a dirt-hole set.  But, if an animal steps on soft dirt, curiosity will get the best of it, and the animal will start digging.  This will cause the trap to fire or get flipped upside down.  A trap bed that is as small as you can get it, and still bed the trap solidly works best.  It is also a good idea to have a piece of ground left untouched between the trap bed and the hole.  This will keep dirt from falling into the hole.

How to Dispatch a Coyote Without Blood [VIDEO]

Trappers love to see coyotes in their sets, but they do not want blood left behind after the dispatch. Many trappers remake their sets in the same catch circle, or very near to it. Blood left behind from a dispatched coyote can keep other coyotes coming in being caught.

 Trappers can clean up and haul off any dirt that has blood left behind from or a dispatched coyote. That takes time, and most trappers are on a time crunch. The best option would be to dispatch the coyote without any blood loss. Pro trapper Clint Locklear will walk you through the steps of dispatching a coyote without all the mess.

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The 15 Best Survival Traps

Let’s hope you never find yourself in a situation where your life depends on trapping food to survive. But if the unimaginable did happen, would you be prepared?

Outdoor Life presents 15 traps you need to learn to build in order to catch food in a life-or-death situation. Hopefully you’ll never need them, but the are here for you to learn.

In a survival situation, traps can capture animals that provide us precious calories from meat and fat. Think of them as little hunters that you put out to do your work for you while you are off accomplishing other tasks. There are seemingly as many different traps as there are creatures to catch, but we’ve selected 15 for you to try and master… [continued]

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Coyotes and Dirt Hole Sets [Video]

Robby Gilbert is known for his trapping abilities, and this video shows why.

In this video, Robby catches a nice coyote in a dirt hole set. Check out as he explains the set, and what goes into making a dirt hole set that will produce coyotes..

The more coyotes you can take out, the better opportunities for other animals to thrive.  I explained that in another video of coyotes killing deer.  don’t worry, you are not going to hurt the coyote population at all by killing everyone you can.  These predators are overpopulated across much of the country.

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Deer vs. Coyote in a Battle to Survive [VIDEO]

By now, we all know how devastating coyotes can be to the whitetail population.

Coyotes will kill just for the sake of killing, especially when it comes to young fawns.

In this video, the does at first do a good job holding back the coyotes. Eventually, the coyotes prove too strong. It might appear to be cruel, but this is how nature works. If you don’t like what you see in this clip, get out and start hunting and trapping predators.

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