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I don't know where to post this question but, after you trap an animal how do you finish it off? (don't want to say the K word)I know they get caught by the foot so that doesn't do it. I never seen it done so just wondering.
 

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I don't know where to post this question but, after you trap an animal how do you finish it off? (don't want to say the K word)I know they get caught by the foot so that doesn't do it. I never seen it done so just wondering.
No body uses leg hold traps anymore. They have been illegal to even posess for many years.

Is I understand Coniber traps are only legal if set underwater. They immediatly kill the animal.

On land now they use body gripping snares. With these just as it was with the leghold traps it is a .22 short or a club.
 

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230gr, NJ has outlawed leg traps. Still legal in many states.

22 short works well to dispatch trapped or snared animal.

A catch pole also works well. Noose around the neck for control, grab the front and rear leggs, and kneel on the chest until expiration, very quick, but still not as quick as a .22 short, but with NJs terrible gun laws, you would have to carry a long rifle, which can get cumbersom running a line. A small .22 pistol was always my prefered tool.
 

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Yep The heart stomp works very well.
 

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I snare quite a bit to take fox off the grounds I rabbit hunt and run my beagles. I think my photo gallery has a couple of fox pics. I use a kill pole at my set to dispatch them quickly. I also, carry a Henry Survivor .22 rifle and shoot shorts. The snare is very lethal and a sound trapping tool. I make my own, very inexpersive. I use bodygripping (conibear) traps for beaver, otter, mink and most often muskrat. The toughest of all furbearers to dispatch is the raccoon. They are strong and very agile with their hands, they can use them as good as we us ours. In most states land trapping is total different then here, they don't allow snares. When we lost the leghold here alot of people awoke to the anti-sportsmens movement. This was the first blow they took in NJ and it sure won't be the last. The are rich, bored, dangerous and they are after us sportsmen.

Trapping, in my opinion makes you a much better hunter, because it teach you to look for animal signs. It is just a hobby now, but it was the first industry this country had and was very vital in the make of it. Many Europeans migrated here just for the beaver pelts and the wealth it had. At the turn of the 1800's it is said that there were 60 million beaver, at the turn of the 1900's there was less then 20,000. So you do the math. Also, it was the reason many explores went west i.e.(Lewis and Clark, and Jed Smith) Jed Smith was the first settler to reach the Pacific and he traveled more then 15,000 miles before his untimely death at the age of 33. His net worth at death was $500,000, which was a great deal of money in 1840's. Hell it's a lot of money now.LOL Sorry to ramble, I really dig trapping and 1800's history. Trapping has a deep hertiage in this country, but it is rarely taught in school, because of the way things are now.

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I used to trap instead of having a paper route when I was a kid.I was in 7th-9th grade during 9th grade girls became a priority.

I used to get $1.25 for each muskrat pelt. The guy was probably ripping me off. That was back in the '60's with leg hold traps & conibears. I just used to club them in the leghold or throw it in water if on the front leg the weight of the trap drowns them. Back then we could use the conibears on dry land. They worked well with a piece of apple on those little forks.
 

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I trapped through Jr and high school, we were getting $5 per rat and $20+ for mink. $15-20 for a **** did not make it worth the work to really target them, but still took a few.

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When we lost the leghold here alot of people awoke to the anti-sportsmens movement. This was the first blow they took in NJ and it sure won't be the last. The are rich, bored, dangerous and they are after us sportsmen.
Massachuchetts lost all trapping I can see it happening.Unfortunatly..
 
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