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Offline 180-GRAIN

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Found a possible illegal line?
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:54:45 PM »
So stumbled onto a trap line today. They were using the old body hold traps. Found quite a few sets. Also no ID on them anywhere. I donít trap at all or know the rules at all really but arenít the old body hold traps illegal? And isnít there supposed to be some sort of tag or Id on them? Also they were buried in snow so been out awhile. Anyhow educate me guys, I want to know if Iím thinking wrong about these things and Iím to lazy to look in the book :chuckle:

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 04:14:12 PM »
Body gripping traps are illegal. ID tags are required. 24 hour mandatory check required. Report it.

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 04:33:27 PM »
Any body grip on dry land is illegal regardless of tags or no tags
With a permit you can use body grip in water

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 04:45:02 PM »
Not legal.
They must not have been hidden to good if you were able to find multiples of  them buried in the snow.

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 04:50:40 PM »
The guy must be a Claude Dallas fan?

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2019, 04:54:14 PM »
Call it in. Our warden friend says they like catching trappers because normally it is so difficult. you are correct, no body grips on land and have to be tagged with id of some sort (wild id or name)
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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 05:34:23 PM »
Report it!
If someone else finds or a dog gets caught they will just say a trapper did it.  Report it so they can say a trapper/ hunter found and reported criminal behavior.

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 05:39:29 PM »
Not legal.
They must not have been hidden to good if you were able to find multiples of  them buried in the snow.

Marked and very easy to see

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2019, 06:14:13 PM »
I wouldnít mess with the traps, like pull the line or anything, but definitely bring a warden to check it out. If they were foothold traps with the rubber jaws you can get a permit to use them and the tag can be wrapped around the chain near the stake or under the trap. Font only needs to be 1/16Ē or larger but the tags aloud to be wrapped around itself. The part about them being left though is a no no, 72 hours for a water kill set and 24 for a live trap.
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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 06:18:03 PM »
10 points!

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2019, 06:27:11 PM »
marked and easy to see you say?

I wonder if it would be WDFW bios trying to collar more wolves?


were they rubber jaws? 


It doesn't sound like a rogue trapper whose traps would NOT be marked OR easy to see.

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2019, 06:29:37 PM »
One was showing up out of the snow because it was sprung. Conibear for sure and on land. There were water sets as well. Can a state hired trapper use the old style traps by chance?

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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2019, 06:46:16 PM »
Do not mess with them. Let Enforcement figure it out. It is unlikely but they could be legal. Tribal members can set these type traps on land. Also APHIS is not required to follow the law on bodygripping traps however they do voluntarily to my knowledge.
As mentioned you can get a special trapping permit but you cannot get one to set conibears on dry land.
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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2019, 06:48:22 PM »
I didn't even think of tribal  :DOH:



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Re: Found a possible illegal line?
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2019, 07:04:47 PM »
Do not mess with them. Let Enforcement figure it out. It is unlikely but they could be legal. Tribal members can set these type traps on land. Also APHIS is not required to follow the law on bodygripping traps however they do voluntarily to my knowledge.
As mentioned you can get a special trapping permit but you cannot get one to set conibears on dry land.

Can they use them on other than tribal land?