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Author Topic: Raccoon help  (Read 1721 times)

Offline Hunt Master

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Raccoon help
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:37:09 AM »
OK.. here is the issue.. On our lease here in Kentucky, we have 6 feeding stations (troughs and barrel feeders) that have corn in them year round (except during turkey season). Well, this year the coons are killing us. In one trail camera pic we had 9 coons all over the feeder. They are coming out all hours of the night, on all feeders, so a planned spotlight hunt is out.

I have been running some leg traps but have had zero success. I have used sardines and deer fat as bait. Both of those were successful for me when I was a teenager. I have to be careful because I don't want to end up with a deer in the trap.

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Raccoon help
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:37:09 AM »
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 11:48:25 AM »
Use marshmallows. Most other wild animals will not touch them.

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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 12:36:30 PM »
Use marshmallows. Most other wild animals will not touch them.

Anything sweet, I have used marshmallows and has success but I have used oranges too.  I caught a skunk with the marshmallows once.
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2016, 01:07:54 PM »
I have a nightvision scope I can loan you. Its gen 1 but works pretty well.

My buddy traps them and uses marshmellows as well.

My buddy also uses the pet safe traps, cant think of what they call them but it is a tube the racoons have to reach into. Its too small for deer and the like to get caught in.
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2016, 01:28:38 PM »
Marshmallows work!! Place your trap just off of the trail leading into the feeder so you won't have a deer issue, and trail a few pieces of MM from the trail to your set. If you have live traps they work really well too. Good luck
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 01:44:35 PM »
I agree with everyone, marshmallows and a live trap!  Put the marshmallows under the trap so they have to walk on the trip plate and dig for them guaranteed to set the trap off!

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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 02:01:33 PM »
Perfect!!!!  Never thought of marshmellows
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2016, 02:10:09 PM »
Now ya sound like your from kentucky. you say mellows we say mallows lol

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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2016, 02:13:11 PM »
When I had issues with skunks,,,I used a Havahart trap with peanut butter and some peanuts in the shell stuck in it...No skunks but several coon which I drove to a park several miles away...
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2016, 02:17:43 PM »
I don't have any live traps, only leg traps. Besides, these coons are not scheduled for relocation if you know what I mean..  @--0--0121

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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2016, 02:18:32 PM »
its always been a MARSHMELLOW to me!   @--0--0102
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2016, 02:27:36 PM »
I did euthanize three coons before but, did not want to deal with their carcasses so I let them go.This is at my residence by the way.Tractor Supply usually has a two pack on sale and you don't have to worry about catching deer or dogs.
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2016, 04:20:31 PM »
Break down and get you a couple hav-a-heart traps and put marshmellows in them.

Take your pistol and do your duty, someone around there may want the hides or the live coon.

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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2016, 05:57:23 PM »
Don't bother relocating them,  they will be back eventually.  Racoons can be nasty customers, forget the gloves and feed them high speed heavy metal gumdrops.
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Re: Raccoon help
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2016, 06:02:19 PM »
Haven't heard of using marshallows before.  Peanut butter, fish, and cat food were my typical choices.  Just had to take out all of the possums first - seems like they always got to the bait first. 
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