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I have captured 11 Masked Bandits stealing my Cat's food this spring and summer. This one was particularly mean and nasty, But since it never tore up my cage I set it free at the Mt. Vernon Lake 16 miles away. I think I have released 5 up there this year; next one goes to McDonalds. Coyote George, how does the city water taste up there?





And George, Tell us about your battle with the SKUNK.
 

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Should have kept him for a pet.....probably better than a cat.
 

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They are deceivingly cute. Because they are mean as the Devil!
 

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These things are the Enemy of anything that lays Eggs.
Since I started on my eradication campaign last year, my Wild Turkey population has blossomed.
I saw 14 Gobblers in two herds on one farm and 12 on the other one today.
A month ago. I saw 2 hens with at least 15 Poults between them.

Coons and possums are death on feathered critters eggs and nests.
 

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taste like chicken ..greasy chicken :D
i'm still smelling skunk JR ..today is the fist day in a week i could even do anything in the garage.
 

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I've got one of these pests that eats my cats food every night.
When I try to run him off the porch, he acts like"how dare you"
He got in the garage and got the top off a 5 gal bucket that I
have peanuts in that I have for the squirrels this winter.
He's cute, but a pest. LDS
 

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These things are the Enemy of anything that lays Eggs.
Since I started on my eradication campaign last year, my Wild Turkey population has blossomed.
I saw 14 Gobblers in two herds on one farm and 12 on the other one today.
A month ago. I saw 2 hens with at least 15 Poults between them.

Coons and possums are death on feathered critters eggs and nests.
Way to go JR!
 

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JR

That is a fine looking trap, and much better made than the one I wore out a couple years ago. Did you make the on in the picture??:confused:

That is sure nice of you to drive 32 miles round trip to let the little critter go free too.:rolleyes: And ridding the farm of those rascals will remove a food source for the coyotes I think. I had numerous pictures on trail cameras with coyotes carrying deceased racoon kittens about this time of year.:) WD
 

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Hi W D

That is a fine looking trap, and much better made than the one I wore out a couple years ago. Did you make the on in the picture??:confused:

That is sure nice of you to drive 32 miles round trip to let the little critter go free too.:rolleyes: And ridding the farm of those rascals will remove a food source for the coyotes I think. I had numerous pictures on trail cameras with coyotes carrying deceased racoon kittens about this time of year.:) WD
The trap is one that I bought at Tractor Supply last year. The Coons tore the back out of it and I replaced the back with a piece of Aluminum sign. I have another one that they chewed the wire into on the floor, I put a piece of sheet metal on the floor and wired it tight.. They have torn up the floor trigger on both of them.
I usually bait with Apple slices to keep the Cats from going inside.
Coons are easy to catch, but hard to hold.
 

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I have caught several coons and a ground hog or two, but none of then were any meaner then a stray cat that I caught. That thing tried to tear up the trap and there was blood all over the trap, where it had cut itself up trying to get out. I hauled it away and turned it loose and the last thing I saw of it was just a blur about two hundred yards away and still picking up speed. I had the trap pegged to the ground with rods and nothing else had got the trap loose but the cat did. It wasn't a large cat either.
 

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It looks awfully cute in that one picture, but with no 1st hand experience with the critters, I pass. I would have probably shot it on site.
 

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Choot ‘em

When I had my riverbottom property, I was amazed at how much corn they could destroy in a night or two. That’s when I switched from the Hav-a-hart traps to the Have-NO-Heart traps. I no longer have that property but I still set out some dog-proof traps from time to time just to keep the population around the house at bay. They tore down a bird feeder on the deck last week so I set 3 traps and caught 6 of them in two nights.

Of all the rifles I’ve ever owned, my little Remington single-shot 22 probably has more confirmed kills than all others put together. Most were from a range of one foot or less. I’ve hunted squirrels with it a few times but for the most parts, it’s just my trapping gun.
 

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My brother caught a tom bobcat in a live trap just like that one you use, JR. The critter didn't tear it up, but I got to see him a day or two after he was trapped and that was one pissed off bobcat. I'm glad I wasn't around for the release, but apparently it went smoothly. I was afraid that cat was gonna be looking for some revenge.
 

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Carl, you are correct on the damage they can do to corn. Locally a lot of farmers used to put a few rows of sweet corn around their field corn. The raccoons would eat the sweet corn and leave the real crop alone..for the most part.
 

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I keep the barn cats' food dish on top of a 55 gallon barrel. Coons can't jump -- cats can.

When we used to feed on the ground I'd be chasing skunks or coons every week. I've shot coons that looked like sumo wrestlers. 22s bounced off 'em!
 

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They are soooo cute, its hard to dispatch one. But, a big ol' boar coon can put some serious hurt on a pooch - going for the eyes is SOP for them!

And, an associate of mine in Colorado had a German Shepard that tangled with a coon and contracted some kind of disease. Whatever it was (I forget just what) left the dog nearly parallelized for over a week. They had to hand feed the dog and medicate him several times a day, and carry it outside to lay on the grass to poop, etc. - clean him up and bring him inside again. Eventually, he recovered in about 3 weeks.

I can't help but like the little buggers, but they're WILD animals and can hold their own with dogs many times their size, and then some! :eek: They (who knows how many) live in the barn. Long as they stay out there, we're good. But, living under the deck to steal dog food...not so much.
 

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They (who knows how many) live in the barn. Long as they stay out there, we're good. But, living under the deck to steal dog food...not so much.
Oh, believe me, if you have coons in the barn you will quickly change your mind ---- Especially after an extended coon poop clean-up session. They make a terrible mess in addition to being destructive.
 

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I'm not into "Catch And Release" with vermin. The little Masked Bandit and his illegitimate third cousin, the possum are what CCI Sub-Sonic HPs were made for.

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