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#418060 - 11/17/07 09:57 PM Bobcat - Hollow Log Set (with pictures)
Cattrax Offline
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OK I have said I would put this on here for awhile now, well yesterday I set more cat sets and took a picture of what I call the hollow log set. I use this just for cats here, I think it would be good for fox too but I have never tried it on them, don't seem to catch coyotes either, not sure why yet but I will keep playing with it and see what I can do.

Here is one of the places I put this kind of set, this is a cedar draw and it narrows down right here, there is lots of cat sign right here to.



I put this right in the middle of the drainage so its visible from the bottom and the sides, then I dig my trap bed and place my trap, you can dig the bed and place the trap before you set the log cause you can put the log where ever you need it for the right distance from your trap.





Then you can finish off the trap bed and place your log where you want it, after you get it placed you can bait the hollow log, I place the bait in the hollow cavity and then place sheep wool on top of the bait, the hollow log allows the air to blow though and gets the scent into the air good too, I will give the side of the log a little cat urine too, here is the finished set.



I will usually put a flag some where close to it also, here is a picture of the finished set with a flag up wind of it.




I hope this helps out, if you have any questions please ask away.
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#418141 - 11/17/07 11:15 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Cattrax]
fishdaddy Offline
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Registered: 01/03/07
Posts: 4671
Loc: southern W.Va.40 yrs old
great post..i have a log like that on my line already in the trail when i get a chance im gonna set it .thanks.
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#419306 - 11/18/07 08:34 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: fishdaddy]
CodyCoyote12 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2554
Loc: virginia
awesome post nice pics

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#419429 - 11/18/07 09:11 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: CodyCoyote12]
Asa Lenon Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5935
Loc: Gulliver, Michigan
Seems like it would work for fox and coyote too. The log may appear somewhat unnatural at first but I think they would accept it after seeing it for a while. One might want to place those logs in strategic locations before season without lure or bait and let the animals accept them. Just a thought, maybe I'm all wrong hre as I never tried it. Ace

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#420458 - 11/19/07 05:38 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Asa Lenon]
LT GREY Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 16084
Loc: Central Ohio
I have used the hollow log set but I always blended my trap covering with chopped grass or other natural ground duff....and I always used a backing, such as up against long grass. Other than that , same set. It does work well in the right circumstance.

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#421458 - 11/20/07 07:43 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: LT GREY]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7269
Loc: South Central Nebraska age 64
Looks like it should work good. Don't forget to post the catch picture with this set. I use a similar set up here and have good results every year. Thanks for posting the how to with pictures. Tom

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#421591 - 11/20/07 09:31 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: tmrschessie]
LT GREY Offline
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Cattrax, What is the material under the trap pan?

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#421694 - 11/20/07 10:56 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: LT GREY]
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My sets looks so "gaudy" compared to your natural looking sets. \:\)
The part about having "lots of cat sign" ,, should have you exited to get back and check it! Bet you get one,, or more.

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#499807 - 01/04/08 05:10 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: ]
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#500189 - 01/04/08 07:55 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Mic NC]
trapfurfun Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 474
Loc: NE Kansas
Do you think a freshly cut log will work, say cut about a week ago?
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#501375 - 01/05/08 02:05 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: trapfurfun]
Cattrax Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
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Loc: Wy
LT that is insulation under the trap pan.

I don't think the time frame would matter to a cat when you cut it.
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#503005 - 01/06/08 10:11 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Cattrax]
mudtracker Offline
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Loc: Waterville Minnesota
cattrax is the log hollow clear thru? if so do you plug the opposite end?
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#512953 - 01/11/08 03:17 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: mudtracker]
Cattrax Offline
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Mudtracker some of them are open from one end to the other, the ones that are open all the way through I will put the open end I dont use up against something like a tree or a rock to block that end and make them come to the end of the log where I have the trap.
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#513217 - 01/11/08 10:16 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Cattrax]
josha Offline
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Registered: 01/07/08
Posts: 25
Loc: Central Kansas
what if you set on both ends? would that be too much?

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#514000 - 01/11/08 05:48 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: josha]
war_man_2009 Offline
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Loc: saskatoon, saskatchewan, canad...
wat kinda bait do you use??
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#514813 - 01/12/08 01:18 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: war_man_2009]
Cattrax Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
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Loc: Wy
I'm sure you could do both ends, but if you did I would want them on a drag so it got away from the log, that way it wouldn't mess up the other set.

I use about any good bait in the sheep wool stuffed up in the log, and then good lure on the outside of the log.
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#518541 - 01/14/08 08:41 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Cattrax]
Gotcha! Offline
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Registered: 07/11/07
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Loc: Vermont
nice post
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#521771 - 01/16/08 10:10 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Gotcha!]
war_man_2009 Offline
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Loc: saskatoon, saskatchewan, canad...
do you really need sheep wool if you have one whole foot of snow?? and should this catch yotes on the side of a road where they have been traveling? oh and can you catch two yotes in the same trap, if there is yotes around, within a week or do they get scared of by the first one caught??

thanks
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#529069 - 01/20/08 08:30 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: war_man_2009]
bhlbama Offline
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Registered: 01/12/08
Posts: 210
Loc: Cane Creek, AL
Awesome looking set. That looks like a real producer!!!
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#531482 - 01/21/08 09:28 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: bhlbama]
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Great post Cattrax!!! Be sure you put that post on here... The Trapping Archives Forum!

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#531630 - 01/21/08 11:03 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: ]
Cleosdad Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
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Loc: Michigan
I like it, good post, Steve

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#568385 - 02/08/08 06:43 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Cleosdad]
dallas
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great looking set

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#574317 - 02/11/08 09:41 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: ]
trapman464 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 239
Loc: Laurel, Montana
Don't you want your animal to aproach between the jaws and not over them??
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#574352 - 02/11/08 09:55 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: trapman464]
lilcoontrapper92 Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 4276
Loc: NC
looks awesome, i will have to try a set like that on my line next season ,thanx for the awesome post , and the pics really help make it correctly!
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#576713 - 02/13/08 12:35 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: lilcoontrapper92]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 3307
Loc: N.W. Iowa
I'm thinking it works like a walkthrough set? They approach from the side.T.20

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#584159 - 02/17/08 02:26 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Tactical.20]
possum5676 Offline
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Registered: 01/02/07
Posts: 1875
Loc: kansas
im lost on the thought of it working like a walkthrough set, one can see the line of travel in the bigger picture, he would wind the lure and or see the attracting in the log and head over to it, then work the set and get caught or leave, as far as trap position he has his bed plenty deep and the surrounding ground is higher guideing the animal to the lower spot, in addition he has a hard lip of ground just in front of the trap thats higher to guide him even further, there is no advantage in this type set to place the jaws one way or the other as the animal approaches head on and misses he must leave or starve to death on the spot, if he leaves he is not going to back straihght up, he will turn and walk away, so in reality he is going to be stepping over, and across the jaws, blending the set would be foolish for cats as the dirt itself is a long rang sight attractor, probly one of the best thought out sets i have seen for cats withoutn 200 sticks, rocks, and other debris stacked up like firewood,probly the most well guided as well ive seen in a long time, i doff my hat ole boy.
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#588923 - 02/20/08 07:41 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: possum5676]
climber2 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 220
Loc: northern wisconsin
Thanks for taking the time cattrax - I'm sure it is appreciated by all. I know you are using this set for cats, but have you or anyone else used this for raccoons?

Archive is a goos spot for this!
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#589134 - 02/20/08 10:23 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: climber2]
DerekB Offline
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Loc: New York
looks good ill have to try it next season
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#609772 - 03/02/08 07:12 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: DerekB]
Snuffy Offline
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Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 376
Loc: Western Pa
Looks great for coon- maybe catch a fox, who knows? I'm gonna try it for coon, anyhow. Not many bobcats around here...
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#615214 - 03/05/08 08:59 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Snuffy]
war_man_2009 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
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Loc: saskatoon, saskatchewan, canad...
would this work for coyote?
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#615283 - 03/05/08 09:56 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: war_man_2009]
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Loc: MN
Thanks
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#663552 - 04/02/08 05:06 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: coon trapper101]
ZachAttack Offline
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Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 1246
Loc: Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Awesome Post thanks for sharing!


Edited by ZachAttack (04/02/08 05:07 PM)

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#675821 - 04/11/08 02:20 AM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: ZachAttack]
jFast Offline
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Registered: 04/07/08
Posts: 657
Loc: Southern MN, & East SD (SDSU)
nice post , i like the log as eye appeal for more then just cats even
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#676281 - 04/11/08 01:08 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: jFast]
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Registered: 01/15/08
Posts: 454
Loc: Kentucky...12 y/o
thanks for the post, gave me some ideas!!☺
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#681147 - 04/14/08 09:05 PM Re: Hollow Log Set (with pictures) [Re: Asa Lenon]
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 Originally Posted By: Asa Lenon
Seems like it would work for fox and coyote too. The log may appear somewhat unnatural at first but I think they would accept it after seeing it for a while. One might want to place those logs in strategic locations before season without lure or bait and let the animals accept them. Just a thought, maybe I'm all wrong hre as I never tried it. Ace

LOL. I was thinking the same thing Asa.
Sure would make it pretty resistant to weather when it came to the bait/Lure. .
I wonder if you Charred that piece of wood, and drilled out a big old hole in one end, and put some polyfill in the hole, how much that would make that hole stand out.
HMMMMMM> Can't trap the Kitty's here so I have to find another way to make that work for me. LOL>
What do ya think.
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