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#3745189 - 04/05/13 01:36 PM Longlining coon in the northeast
wilcox-2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/07/12
Posts: 33
Loc: Maine
Was wondering if anyone does this? How many Traps do you run on coon. How many coon do you get a season. thanks shawn
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Beaver 1/30
Muskrat 16/30
Raccoon 25/100
Red fox 2/25
Coyote. 3/25
Skunks. 1/0
Otter 0/2
Marten 0/5
Fisher 2/5

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#3745204 - 04/05/13 01:47 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
TrapperMe Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 926
Loc: Southern Maine
My "long-line" for coon is about 6 traps!

That being said, I caught more coon this season than all of the last 3 seasons combined. I don't know if there are more coon in the area, or if I'm just getting better at catching them.

Overall, I don't think there are all that many coon in the NE. . . not like in the upper Midwest at least!
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#3745209 - 04/05/13 01:51 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
coyoteinc Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/20/13
Posts: 20
Loc: Indiana, PA
I run 4 dozen raccoon coilspring/dog proof and 1/2 cage traps across 3 properties. I started a little slow this season as I only had 1 dozen raccoon traps in my inventory at the start of the season. Still managed 21 raccoons this season. Now that I am back to my full compliment of coon traps, I should see an increase in the numbers this season.

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#3745255 - 04/05/13 02:24 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
shorthair Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 1162
Loc: Maine
I think Long lining just for coon in Maine would be a loosing proposition at least in my area of central maine, we just don't have the population. If your considering long lining I would go for broke and set for every legal species. I'm far from a long liner but if I'm k9 trapping in november and december I'm not passing up any water along the way and I'm also running fisher sets. Any coon I pick up are incidentals in my fisher or k9 sets. The only trappers I know that do long line for one species are marten trappers except a few great k9 trappers.
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#3750896 - 04/09/13 07:05 AM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
wilcox-2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/07/12
Posts: 33
Loc: Maine
WE have a pretty thick population up in northern maine. It would be a mixed line i would be running. Just wondering how many coons people and maine have caught in a season. And how many traps they were running to do it.
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Beaver 1/30
Muskrat 16/30
Raccoon 25/100
Red fox 2/25
Coyote. 3/25
Skunks. 1/0
Otter 0/2
Marten 0/5
Fisher 2/5

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#3750900 - 04/09/13 07:10 AM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
austinp Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
Posts: 679
Loc: Naples, NY
I have taken 300+ once and 200+ several times on mixed lines here in NY years ago... would be different now, less road trapping and more private ground permissions. A guy I know took nearly 500 coon last season west of me in heavy corn belt areas.

Lots of DPs and focus on cornfield locations, especially where they border timber or water sources. Work like heck all day on the line, half the night skinning for weeks on end until winter shuts it all down smile

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#3931791 - 08/08/13 03:02 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
wilcox-2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/07/12
Posts: 33
Loc: Maine
Anyone else?
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Beaver 1/30
Muskrat 16/30
Raccoon 25/100
Red fox 2/25
Coyote. 3/25
Skunks. 1/0
Otter 0/2
Marten 0/5
Fisher 2/5

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#3931820 - 08/08/13 03:15 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
beachcomber13 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 3897
Loc: Port Jervis, NY
Never longlined before but run a few short lines of about 6 miles long. Season before last I got 87 coons but a lousey average at the sales so didn't try for coons at all last season. Got 28 as incidentals and saw a great average at the sales. Thinking I'm gonna trap the heck out of them this season.

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#3931860 - 08/08/13 03:36 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
wilcox-2 Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/07/12
Posts: 33
Loc: Maine
How many traps did you run to get 87 and for how many days?
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Beaver 1/30
Muskrat 16/30
Raccoon 25/100
Red fox 2/25
Coyote. 3/25
Skunks. 1/0
Otter 0/2
Marten 0/5
Fisher 2/5

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#3932166 - 08/08/13 06:09 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
beachcomber13 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 3897
Loc: Port Jervis, NY
I generally start trapping during the second week of November and keep on going until water season ends. I actually caught about 105 if you were to count all the released ones I caught in muskrat and mink sets after coon closed on Feb.15th.

Try to keep 50 something traps going all land season but that's for all critters. I must admit, we had a nice warm late season so was able to catch coon just about all season.

This past season I had lots of snow on the ground in Jan and Feb and caught hardly any late season coon. Although I wasn't after them I don't complain about catching a coon in a fox set. In fact, here's a picture of my typical fox sets.lol






Edited by beachcomber13 (08/08/13 06:14 PM)

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#3934548 - 08/09/13 10:19 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
im called boon Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/10/13
Posts: 75
Loc: up state ny
i trap a river here in ny with a boat for the first 2 weeks on land with about 100 220 s and pails only and every yr i get 200+ in them 2 weeks
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#4309630 - 02/12/14 01:06 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
Agent1 Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 0
Loc: Michigan
Shawn, Here in Lower Michigan (Not what I would consider North East), I have longlined for coon several times when the Market dictated. K9 season opens Oct.15th and Coon opened Nov.1st so There was an opportunity to get a jump start on the season and setup for coon while you ran a Fox line. I kept about 100 traps running from Nov 1st till about Nov 14th and then I had to cut way back (About 25 sets) to keep from having traps and fur get stolen by deer hunters. Sad, I know. I have never long lined with DP traps. My loss.
My best year on coon was 1988. Coon were not worth much but I sold 97 of them that year. I have caught 90 in a single season (2008) trapping mostly barns with 16 220's in bucket sets.

How did you end up doing this year on the coon?

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#4309649 - 02/12/14 01:15 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
1993f-150 Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/09/12
Posts: 8
Loc: nw pa
Im just a rookie and dont consider myself a longliner but I caught 105 this last season and had to be to done runnin my line by 5:30 am most morning because I have a fulltime job.But im sure a pro working fulltime could make it worthwhile!!Also this was all private property.

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#4309711 - 02/12/14 01:55 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: 1993f-150]
Agent1 Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 0
Loc: Michigan
105, Thats a good year. I would like to clarify, one small detail, about the 100 traps. That is total on the line. 20 or 30 of them where set for Mink and rats as targets of opportunity as well as 20-25 fox specific sets I try to throw in. I just can resist setting on sign even if I am trying to target one species.


Edited by Agent1 (02/12/14 02:02 PM)
Edit Reason: Sounded too much like bragging.

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#4309843 - 02/12/14 02:55 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
1993f-150 Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/09/12
Posts: 8
Loc: nw pa
Just to clarify i said im a rookie,but ive been trappin since i was 11 and drivin for 3 years now so i guess im not really a rookie even though i feel like it somtimes!lol

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#4310174 - 02/12/14 05:15 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
Agent1 Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 0
Loc: Michigan
Well you must be a pretty good trapper f150 to put that many coons in the truck in short order. Regardless of your age! Keep it up while you can.

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#4310237 - 02/12/14 05:46 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
McDTrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/06/08
Posts: 25
Loc: kentucky,usa
I have caught over 300 twice in Southwest Pennsylvania. I trapped for a little over 2 weeks to get them. This was when I was younger. The key is prep and populations. I would have pockets dug, drags in place, rocks set up, etc. Gas in the truck the first day, set from 7am till dark, get the bulk of the sets out. The next day up at 1am, out the door by 1:30am, run checking and finishing the line until dark . Nothing fancy, canned mackerel and a trail of fish/shellfish oil to the set. I had a skinner, there is no way I would have had the time when you are running like that to skin myself. Best day 93, thats with a partner. Caught 70 in a day twice , both times running solo. I'm sure the midwest guys can best that, but for the Laurel Mountains, I was pleased.
Back then, I used all No #11's. Sometimes had up to 330 set in a given night, culverts, bridges, streams, pipes.
Now I'm A lot older with a bad ticker, so I still trap, love the DP's and my son and I caught 190 this year in about 20 days. And we put them up ourselves. Good luck, I found if you take your vacations every year and pound it out on a long line 16 hours a day, it takes a little bit of the fun out of it. But I'm glad that I did it.

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#4310428 - 02/12/14 06:39 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
TrappingTom Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/26/14
Posts: 2
Loc: Morgan Co. KY
Were you in country like I am in??? I am just asking because I am a S. Ohio cornbelt transplant. I would die to get the number of coons I use to.

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#4310508 - 02/12/14 06:57 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
McDTrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/06/08
Posts: 25
Loc: kentucky,usa
I trapped about an hour East of Pittsburgh. I still trap in Penns. Where I live now in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky we have a limited coon population. But a crap load of beaver and coyote.

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#4310514 - 02/12/14 06:57 PM Re: Longlining coon in the northeast [Re: wilcox-2]
Dave Plueger Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 2621
Loc: Iowa (where the tall corn grow...
Purchase Austins book. He isn't far from your geographic area, and his book is chalk full of coon info. I found the section on coon movement to be worth the price alone. Very good read IMO.

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