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#3136064 - 04/25/12 10:07 PM otter trapping sets? and duke footholds?
Trapper_243 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/10
Posts: 2
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Does anybody know good otter sets to use in a creek? Also what are everyone's thoughts on duke #3footholds rubber jaw foothold trap for lynx or such? I have heard many stories that duke footholds are very bad

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#3136071 - 04/25/12 10:15 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 71
Loc: alaska
Blind sets are your best bet unless you find a toilet..

Dukes are crap. I've only caught fox in them and otter (Duke#3) the otter bent the baseplate and got the pan off. I sold them all after that. If you modify them, I'm sure they'd be fine, but Bridgers and MB's are my choice and they're ready to go out of the box
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#3136116 - 04/25/12 10:57 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
Trapper_243 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/10
Posts: 2
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Thanks for the help I thought I'd ask before I bought the traps. I'm going to buy some mb750 for wolves and also gonna buy Bridget's now instead of the dukes.

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#3136188 - 04/26/12 01:34 AM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 71
Loc: alaska
Baseplate the bridgers for otter..they'll bust a trap up if you get them on rocks
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#3136200 - 04/26/12 03:41 AM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
HFT AK Online   content
trapper

Registered: 12/26/08
Posts: 397
Loc: Wasilla AK
I run about 2 1/2 dozen duke #4's coilsprings for lynx and beaver. I've had no issues with them.

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#3136201 - 04/26/12 03:45 AM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: HFT AK]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 71
Loc: alaska
Originally Posted By: HFT AK
I run about 2 1/2 dozen duke #4's coilsprings for lynx and beaver. I've had no issues with them.


Duke #4's are a nice trap. I only have half dozen of them but they're similar to the Bridger #3.

4 coiled, they are strong. With small mods I'd say a quality trap..Beefier than the #3 for sure
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#3136792 - 04/26/12 03:23 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
1187 shooter Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/22/12
Posts: 22
Loc: Iowa
lbtrapper if i find a toilet what do I do? I know a couple spots where there are toilets and wana get my 3 otter quota this year!

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#3137217 - 04/26/12 07:57 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
lbtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 71
Loc: alaska
Pm sent
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#3137394 - 04/26/12 09:48 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: 1187 shooter]
alaska viking Offline
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Registered: 12/25/07
Posts: 1825
Loc: juneau, alaska
Originally Posted By: The young gun
lbtrapper if i find a toilet what do I do? I know a couple spots where there are toilets and wana get my 3 otter quota this year!

Really? Hmmm. Toilet. Guess I'll go.
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#3139975 - 04/28/12 10:37 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
teacherman Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/23/11
Posts: 92
Loc: Wasilla, AK
Only real issue I've found with dukes is the cheaper steel doesn't take up the dyes as well and gets weak quicker. #4s are good out of the box for cat. Side note on dukes, they make them out of recycled engine blocks.

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#3140499 - 04/29/12 01:15 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: Trapper_243]
Aqsatuyaaq Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/11/11
Posts: 1
Loc: Alaska
Personally, I use plenty of dukes with no problems... I get them cheap at conventions and whatnot and they rarely fail me. In fact only once have I had one truly break and that was because I caught an otter in what was supposed to be a mink set and while the trap was destroyed it still held the otter... and a tanned otter pelt where I am in AK will pay for a whole bunch of $3-4 traps.
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#3140895 - 04/29/12 07:24 PM Re: otter trapping sets? and duke footholds? [Re: teacherman]
rosscoak Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/07/10
Posts: 68
Loc: Southeast, AK
[quote=teacherman]Only real issue I've found with dukes is the cheaper steel doesn't take up the dyes as well and gets weak quicker. #4s are good out of the box for cat. Side note on dukes, they make them out of recycled engine blocks.

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I know nothing about steel properties, but I have not had a problem with the six duke 330s taking the dye. I am under the impression that a new trap needs to be thoroughly cleaned of any oil and then well rusted so the dye can "key" into the metal. after a good hot soapy water cleaning ,I throw them in a bucket of salt water for a few days then take out of water to oxidize...aka rust. I have also put them in seawater if one is near it. Not try ing to argue or defend dukes metallic properties , but the ability of the metal to take dye does correlate to how well the metal was oxidized.

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