I am also intrested in using 160's for coon this year glad to hear they will work well, I just got 1/2 doz. Hopeing to make boxes to set them in that will keep dogs out. I understand that putting a longer top on the box that overhangs the opening will discourage dogs. Do any of you have any idea how much overhang?
And one other question could I put a coni on each end of the box? I put corn food plots out for deer and game camrea pics in the fields at night sometimes show 6 or 8 coon in a photo!!!
FIRST POST here so sorry if I have too many questions!
There is no such thing as a dog proof box that works for catching coons or larger animals. Lots of trappers have seen where a dog has refused a box but that doesn't mean they work at prevent dog catches. I've owned a few dogs and I don't think I've ever owned a dog that wouldn't shove it's face into a box to get the bait.
You're better off trying to figure out a way to keep dogs out by elevating your boxes or maybe following the lead of NY regs.
MN just went through a bunch of problems with dogs and it's only a matter of time before we can't set them on the ground so the smart trappers are already trying to figure out ways to continue using them off the ground. My cousin who hunts but doesn't trap sent me some videos that show boxes don't stop dogs. I'll see if I can find his email.