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#3233505 - 02/13/20 09:48 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 195
Loc: South Central IL
Check the bait pile last night and I am getting coons and opossum that are not setting the alarm off. I think I need to lower it. We are getting a big temperature drop here so the bait pile was a busy place last night. I did see a cat when I check it. I dont have a bobcat tag so I wasn't going to shoot. You guys think it's a bobcat or my neighbors house cat?



Edited by dozer_xj (02/13/20 10:12 AM)

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#3233531 - 02/13/20 01:20 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
6mm06 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 7904
Loc: USA

Dozer, itís difficult to say about the cat. I didnít see a long tail. If you have housecats nearby itís probably be wise to let it walk.

As to coons and possums getting by without tripping the sensor, I had the same problem years ago when I first begain. I have since been placing the sensors about one foot or so off the ground and now nothing gets through undetected. Previously I had them placed too high and fox would get through without the alarm sounding. It would be good if possums would go undetected but catch coyotes, but I donít know any way to do that with any degree of accuracy so as to not miss a coyote. Darn possums keep pinging the alarm during the night making it difficult to get any rest.

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#3233541 - 02/13/20 02:16 PM Re: Baiting [Re: 6mm06]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 195
Loc: South Central IL
Originally Posted By: 6mm06

Dozer, itís difficult to say about the cat. I didnít see a long tail. If you have housecats nearby itís probably be wise to let it walk.


Lets put it this way, my neighbors house is 150 yards from mine. Any time their cat goes missing for a day they call me asking where its at. So i think its best to let all felines go anyway.

Originally Posted By: 6mm06


As to coons and possums getting by without tripping the sensor, I had the same problem years ago when I first begain. I have since been placing the sensors about one foot or so off the ground and now nothing gets through undetected. Previously I had them placed too high and fox would get through without the alarm sounding. It would be good if possums would go undetected but catch coyotes, but I donít know any way to do that with any degree of accuracy so as to not miss a coyote. Darn possums keep pinging the alarm during the night making it difficult to get any rest.


I have mine 20" off the ground. I am going to lower it to 12". I know for a fact that it missed the fox the other night but did get that coyote. Im not excited about the alarm going off all night on grinners but oh well.

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#3233600 - 02/13/20 08:21 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
6mm06 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 7904
Loc: USA


Here's a photo of the approximate distance I placed my sensors before. Most are even lower now, more like where the black line is wrapped around the stake. I use 5 sensors at the bait site, surrounding an area. Nothing gets through without being announced.




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#3233623 - 02/13/20 10:21 PM Re: Baiting [Re: 6mm06]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1616
Loc: so.mn
House cat tail was curled around in front of cat before it moves.

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#3233628 - 02/13/20 10:30 PM Re: Baiting [Re: spotstalkshoot]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1616
Loc: so.mn
I have a couple baits out where a paraplegic friend of mine can drive to and hide his pickup 150-175 yards away. He just called and said 4 coyote came in and he shot one, he is pretty excited. The Sightmark Wraith is working for him, wish I could afford a thermal I would put it on his rifle. I purchased the Wraith with fur money from last year, put it on his rifle, hoping he would hunt more than just the 3/4-full moon nights.

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#3233631 - 02/13/20 10:40 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
6mm06 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 7904
Loc: USA

Spotstalk, thatís a very kind and generous thing you did, helping your friend. I salute you.

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#3233651 - 02/14/20 03:31 AM Re: Baiting [Re: 6mm06]
P&Y Offline
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Registered: 02/04/19
Posts: 225
Loc: ND
Originally Posted By: 6mm06

Spotstalk, thatís a very kind and generous thing you did, helping your friend. I salute you.


Most definitely. I hope his good luck continues.

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#3233662 - 02/14/20 08:58 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
weekender Offline
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 3662
Loc: NC
spotstalkshoot, thanks for going the extra mile for your friend.


Edited by weekender (02/14/20 09:00 AM)

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#3233663 - 02/14/20 08:58 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
weekender Offline
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 3662
Loc: NC
[beeep], thanks for going the extra mile for your friend.

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#3233664 - 02/14/20 09:08 AM Re: Baiting [Re: P&Y]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1616
Loc: so.mn
He's a high school hunting/trapping/fishing buddy, we're 59-61 now. He called this morning, he had gotten cold in the truck and started it to warm up. This was about 2am, saw another coyote in the field so he shut the truck off. The coyote went straight to the bait. He shot it, so 2 down. He said the only issue was that I had placed the bait so he had to park he truck between 2 old buildings(shots were loud). I had to do that because the landowner cleans out snow there, otherwise no way in. I'm pretty sure the Wraith has allowed him to hunt more nights and stay longer. Hoping fur is still ok.

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#3233816 - 02/15/20 09:30 AM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
DoubleUp Online
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 2690
Loc: USA
My wife and I had a nice steak dinner out with friends late yesterday afternoon. We got home around 7 last night and I decided to check the field about 8:30. This one was already in the field so she was out early. I reckon she decided to be my valentine. She weighed in at 30 lbs. Here she is in the Meat Wagon this morning.

IMG_0589 by Double Up, on Flickr

Here's the video:

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#3233819 - 02/15/20 09:34 AM Re: Baiting [Re: DoubleUp]
old cat Online
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Registered: 03/16/14
Posts: 1075
Loc: wv
FINE.

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#3233879 - 02/15/20 01:43 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
Burnsome... Offline
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Registered: 11/24/18
Posts: 274
Loc: GA
Awesome shooting there DU, and the basket filled for the evening.
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#3233880 - 02/15/20 01:51 PM Re: Baiting [Re: Cougar Jim]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 195
Loc: South Central IL
Nice shot DU

I hunted until midnight last night. Came home and went to bed. Alarm went off at 5am. Got the gun out the window and it was a coyote. Pulled it back inside to load it and by the time I got it back out the window he was walking away in the brush.

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