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Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« on: December 28, 2020, 01:57:30 PM »
Little trail cam footage of a chip much triggering a powered colony trap I've been playing with

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2020, 02:12:26 PM »
Man he was cruising through there nice work

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2020, 02:44:57 PM »
DANG! Thats fast. Not really a colony trap any longer though.

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2020, 04:16:39 PM »
DANG! Thats fast. Not really a colony trap any longer though.
no but only takes a few seconds to remove the two springs and it's back to a regular colony

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2020, 04:17:19 PM »
Man he was cruising through there nice work
IKR ! And thanks lol

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2020, 04:55:36 PM »
Pretty neat. Thanks Wolfdog

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2020, 05:07:31 PM »
Wolfdog: your double door trap would be a good design for catching muskrats set blind in trails or shallow channels. Or for animals leaving a burrow, skunk, groundhog, etc. I bet the guys on the coast could use this design for caging Mountain Beavers in their tunnels.
I use a 7x7x24 cage blind set in muskrat trails overland, through tules, or on feedbeds. But you have to figure which way the rat will be traveling. I have set two cages back to back for that reason.
Your double door would work great.
Good idea.

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2020, 05:12:55 PM »
Wolfdog: your double door trap would be a good design for catching muskrats set blind in trails or shallow channels. Or for animals leaving a burrow, skunk, groundhog, etc. I bet the guys on the coast could use this design for caging Mountain Beavers in their tunnels.
I use a 7x7x24 cage blind set in muskrat trails overland, through tules, or on feedbeds. But you have to figure which way the rat will be traveling. I have set two cages back to back for that reason.
Your double door would work great.
Good idea.
Glad to hear ! Actually Comstock makes something similar calls it a swing pannel I think. If your intres d in buying don't that is

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2020, 05:25:30 PM »
Bruce Vandervort

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2020, 05:26:42 PM »
I'm copy and pasting a reply I made on T'man regarding this trap.
I think Wolfdog might be onto something here.

"I like the idea of the door hinged on the side.

I was using a similar style of spring loaded door but hinged from the top (like normal) for marten trapping. I had a couple escape by working their nose under the door and forcing it open -two springs put a stop to that but caused other issues.
Trail cam video though showed that the marten would naturally direct their nose to the bottom of the trap when they worked over the door.
I'll bet hinged from the side would confound their efforts. I think you should experiment a little more with that style. The trap being rather asymmetrical like that sort of messes with our minds, but often those are the things that end up working best."

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2020, 05:38:36 PM »
I only trap Marten with them so hereís what I do
Cut cable off and replace with 2í of chain and 2 swivels as Marten are tough and I adjust my trigger so itís heavier so the dam mice wonít trigger it
With that said I do use a strike bar and set in boxes where that trap is held by pressure when trap fires off it comes loose and the marten swings away from the tree and he can spin all he wants with the swivels = no problem
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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2020, 08:45:15 PM »
Good point wags.
My 12"x12" Bob Maier swimthroughs are designed for the door to fire from the side. You could set it so the door is on the top also. My feeling is that an otter, when the trap fires, reflexively propels forward and down. I like to think setting the trap so the door fires from the side could gain me a millisecond advantage on an otter knowingly, or unknowingly trying to beat the door.
Also when most swimthroughs are set you lose an inch on the door side. I would rather retain the full 12" top to bottom, and give up the inch in width.

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2020, 09:00:35 PM »
I set my 12x12 on there side for beaver since iv had rats beaver and otter cross the top of the trap and flip the dog off and set the trap off so when set they are 12tall 11 wide, more or less the same opening as a 330 belisle. My 12x18 are almost always set 18 wide 12 tall for wider runs with door hinge on top no particular reason but iv been experimenting with flipping them over my thought being the trigger wire pointing up would appear more natural to underwater vegetation growth but kind of inconclusive on results since the dog sits outside the cage it's resting on the bottom of the run I feel it may take a little longer to fire the trap after the trigger gets hit so I'm trying digging a spot in the bottom of the run for the dog to "float" in and keep it free to move and quick to fire the trap. I'm probably overthinking the crap out of this but eh :dunno: might as well play around while I'm out treading water in the swamp :chuckle:

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Re: Chipmunk in a powered colony trap
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2020, 06:39:28 AM »
Door set on the bottom in a beaver run makes the trap appear "more open".  Also doors on the bottom push underwater vegetation down.  If there's a stick in the way you'll feel it when placing the trap as opposed to having it snag the door on closing.

Nice catch and video on the chipmunk.

 


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