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sandrar



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:21 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Oh I came in straight from doing the poultry, logged on and scrolled down slowly expecting to see photos of a fox and nothing......bad luck....next time
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ar5e!
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the cam pictures from last night. Bry might be right and I may have left some scent around the trap. The fox certainly didn't go towards the entrance but looked to be eating something. I don't know what you think, but I don't think that its the same fox from earlier in the year.





























Here come the ducks, it was good job they didn't arrive a few hours earlier.














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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good images there mate.

I always use the same pair of leather Work gloves when setting traps, I rub the bait with the gloves and then rub around the enterance to trap and anywhere else I might have touched.

Has your trap a wire mesh or a wooden bottom?

I make all my traps with wire mesh used for mink Cages and most of them have wooden bottoms with wire underneath. I have an idea that wire mesh bottoms puts foxes off going into the trap.

In the summer I might throw a Little sand or soil in the bottom.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mesh. I've had the trap for years and caught a few in it but it has seen better days.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing this morning either.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this, put some bait out near the trap each night. Not to much so he comes and has a small feed then goes.

Each night put it closer to the trap, as long as its taking the bait leave no bait 1 night  then bait trap up following night.

Is the trap stable ( not wobbly on uneven ground )

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to make a pile of old bushes, logs and rubbish near where they are. Leave a small tunnel. Take a bucket with you and fill it with whatever is on the ground in the tunnel you have made. Give the foxes about 3 weeks or so to get used to the rubbish being there. They will start to hide in and around it.
When you notice that happening get your shoes on gardening gloves, the bucket of dirt and your trap. Take newspaper with you to kneel on. Handle the cage with gloves then there is no human scent. Fresh roo meat I find best or chicken meat, dead fresh road kill that was on the side of the road, anything. Tie it in the trap. I wrap it in wire netting to make it really hard to get at. The longer they have to muck around with it the better chance of setting of the trap. Make sure it is secured to your trap inside at the back and high up. Put your trap in the tunnel of rubbish, put the newspaper down in the front of the trap door and put your contents of the bucket over the floor of the cage. You must not be able to see the floor or stepping plate. Don't get anything under the plate. I also have a piece of spare wire to tie up the door while I am doing this.
Ok set your trap lightly, when finished stand back and look at it. Cover the door with branches and rubbish till you cannot see any of the trap. The branches can hang down over the front as then they cant see the back of the trap till they are in it. Remember if you can see any of the trap they can too.. Pick up your newspaper and go. When you check the trap do not walk up to the trap entrance you need to do it from a distance. I use my binoculars to do this, you leave no scent around that way.
Normally about a week after this there is no signs you have been near it and then it is a waiting game. These traps you need a lot of patience with, but it does work. The only fox you wont get in this trap is one that has had a run in with a trap like these before and got away.



Pinched from elsewhere but I found this handy for the real cunning, older ones. The fresh roo meat might be problem
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any updates Mr ?   have you put a plan into action or  just waiting ?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were away over the weekend and the fox managed to get all the chicken by digging under the trap. I've turned the trap around and put a fresh chicken in as bait. The fox hasn't visited for the last two nights.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got him!       As I started to walk across the fields to feed the pigs a few minutes ago, I could see that I had a fox in the trap. I've just nipped in to phone my mate to bring the gun.    
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Well Done mate  
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good news.....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done!!  

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