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In the old days,it was considered ---big traps are the only way to go.Now days,the smallest trap that will consitantly do the job is the way most of us go.What is the largest FURBEARER you have taken in a small trap.
My largest,was a 53 pound beaver in a #1 stoploss,I have also taken many **** in the 30 pound range with these traps.While these were not my target animal(muskrats were) I always stake to hold the largest furbearers where I am trapping.I wrote an article for The Trapper and Predator caller on the way I stake my rat traps(No Latheing Matter).
Just wondering what your largest furbearer in a small trap was.
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Caught a 46 lb beaver in a #1 long spring set for rats. Had him by two toes. It was anchored to a cinder block.
 

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This beaver is in a 1 1/2 duke. Must have stepped from the bank onto the trap. You can see how shallow the water is. I think he would have fired it with his chest otherwise. The trap was staked solid. Surprised me he was still there.

 

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A guy here locally caught a MOUNTAIN LION in a #2 Victor square jaw'd trap...AND held him until the fish/game came and released him...NOT a big lion by any means...but OVER 80lbs...in a #2 Victor...WOW...I would have called him a liar RIGHT to his face...ceptin he offered up pictures because he KNEW I'd call him on it...lol
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Lynxcat I did the same thing. A mt lion in a #2 victor. It was in Colo in 1979. Only mine didnt hold. It was a bobcat set tied off to some oak brush. The limb broke off. The trap was on two pads and was still there the next day when the hounds bayed him up. This was a big cat. I'm pretty sure that even though the trap was new it would've come apart had the limb held. Anyway it was an exciting catch. That catch didn't enter my mind till you mentioned it.
 

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I have caught and held a couple lions in newer style #3 longs, one was a larger cat too. He took the drag about a half mile befor he got it hung up and a half hitch around a green juniper limb. That limb was springy enough it acted like a fishing pole and he never got enough purhase to pop the jaws.

But holding one in a #2 SJ is quite impresive.
 

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I've caught red foxes in #1 longsprings and I once caught and held a pretty large boar **** in a #0 jump.
 

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I've caught/held a 30lb bobcat in a #1 victor (trying for a civet cat)Off season and easily released...AFTER a 40mi round trip for the ketchall...lol...WISH I could take credit for the #2 sq jaw'd coil...I wont even use em for ....ER...anything!! LOL
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I can say with all honesty that I've taken everything legal to trap in this corner of my state (Nebraska) with a little #11 longspring. (same jawspread as the #1)
Big beaver, coyote, cat, fox, ****, badger, you name it...that little trap has awesome holding power by design, and whatever gets in it stays in it, even if only held by a couple of toes. Good swiveling is important, and always always always stake for the biggest possible catch, not just whatever small game you are targeting at the set. Last year I even took a small possum that somehow managed to get both front feet and one back foot into the trap...I'm still scratching my head on how it happened because all 3 feet had to be less than 3 inches apart to all get within the little jawspread upon closure. I use these traps a lot on land if I think that there is a chance at a dog...the spread is sooooo small that most dogs have big feet that will span the jaws and just snap the trap with no catch. But I've taken plenty of fox consistently with this model to use it with some confidence on them in these areas. I have one incident of a fox by both front feet in this little trap, too.
I've even held some very large dogs in them, with no ill effects.
Double-jawed models have much more rigid jaw structures, and don't pop out when I get a surprise jumbo catch.
 
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