Has anyone tried the new Z-Trap? It is similar to the Duke DP and the Lil'Grizz. It is the same basic design but had a different stake and it is powder coated. I own all three and had a chance to use them extensively the first week of season in Iowa. We ran about 150 of these traps. We caught several raccoons in each brand.
I converted 2 dozen Duke traps to the push/pull trigger, and used several with the standard pull trigger. We applied dye to the Duke's and the Lil Grizz- some speed dip, some water based dip. The Z-traps were powder coated brown so did not require additional dye. I did wire brush the triggers on the z-trap.
My personal impressions:
-The traps all catch raccoons. They were all baited with fish.
-They all catch non-target animals- skunk, opossum, felines, regardless of the pull only or push-pull trigger.
-The staking systems do make a difference. The last two years have been dry and it makes the DP's a challenge, (I used the Z-traps only this season)
- The Z-trap has a stabilizer and a washer welded on the stake that does make it stake solid and more consistent and the easiest to use.
- the Duke DP seems to work fair, but in the dry ground, it doesn't always hold the best.
- The Grizz with the u-shaped stake seems to break up the dry ground and is the hardest to make solid. With a pull trigger, this can be an issue.
-The spring tension seems stronger on the Z-traps than the Dukes, but all held animals without fault. We have very few misses.
-The powder coating on the Z-traps holds up well. All of my speed dipped traps were shiny after 1-2 raccoons. THe powder coating held up well, even when the animals banged it on rock and concrete and culvers. I was very pleased with the durability of this. It has always been frustrating to have the dye wear off after one catch.
-Cleanout of all the traps is a challange. We were rained on one day and all the traps were full of mud. All the traps come standard with the straight trigger, which allowed the easiest cleanout. The converted Dukes had a circular trigger that really inhibited the ability to clean out the mud and bait.
- The Box swivel for staking on the Lil-grzz and the Z-traps fits 1/2" rebar well. The swivel on the Dukes seems to be a little smaller and does not always fit well. I am going to replace all of these this season to make it earser. The Z-trap also is double swiveled.
For staking, we did half with rebar stakes, and half with pogo stakes (washers). They both worked well. The nice thing about a rebar stake is that you can pull up the trap and wash it out. The bad thing is that they can be hard to pull out and are heavy. The washers make it hard to take the trap and clean the mud out, but if the ground is too hard, I just cut the cable and save my back.
Overall, the traps all work good and are all priced in the same ball park. There are minimal misses, and they are fast and easy to set. If I was going to purchase more traps going forward, I would most likely purchase the Z-trap. When I figured in the cost of conversion of my Dukes, it was much cheaper to go with the Z-trap. The powder coating is a great plus and holds up well. I do not like the staking system on my Lil Grizz traps and will most likely modify them at the end of the season. The staking system on the Z-trap was the most consistent for me.
These are just my impressions. I have been using the Dp's for several years and continue to expand the use of them. They are very versatile traps. Let me know of your impressions on the variations of the lil Grizz.