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I am planning on using some disposable stakes (that I will reuse whenever I can get them out). I was planning on using split rings to attach the wire to the trap chain. Mostly for racoons and maybe some fox. Anyone have good/bad experiences with split rings? Anyone know where I can buy a couple dozen without abusive shipping charges?

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You mentioned using wire on your disposables...I would suggest cable or chain instead. Ive used split rings for over 25 yrs and they work fine. You can order split rings fm Bog who owns this site. I dont know what postage would be and depends on how many you order weight wise...
 

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Tipi,right now orders under $40.00 run $7.90 for shipping and handling,in the lower 48 states.
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I used split rings and often leave the cable year in year out. I had one incident with a split ring that might be useful; watch your cable loop, it seems the sharp bend over the slit ring can create a work hardened area which leads to a fray. The one incident was on a cable that had held more than a few coyotes. I don't find this to be a terrible issue just make certain to inspect the cable for any signs of failure. I'll bet on anything but coyotes this will be little if any problem for you and the split ring is a cheap handy way to attach the trap.
 

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I went to this method myself after not being able to retrieve many of these disposable stakes, especially in extremely hard or frozen ground. A good location is generally good year after year unless something very dramatic alters the immediately vacinity around the set location. I set up a lot of intersections of fencerows, edges between tree and weedy draws, etc. and the set locations are generally good year to year with only slight modifications needed each year to remake them. Switching to high grade cable and a quick attach/detach method such as a decent set of rings was just the ticket for me to prevent having to purchase and replace new disposable stakes season after season.
I have one location on an implement roadway between two fields that has been a hot spot consistently for 5 straight seasons, and it still has the same disposable anchoring system in the ground from the last season...waiting for me to check on it next year and reattach another trap. I'm not sure how many seasons you can push the life on a cable like that. We have cold, wet, hot, and humid conditions all throughout the year. So far so good but I may replace that one this year just because I'm not sure at what point things rust away or corrode off enough to weaken the system.
Anyone else have thoughts on how long you can go reusing a disposable stake that is left in the ground for several seasons like this one has been?
Jim-NE
 

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how big--or what size split-rings do you all prefer?
I have always pulled my cables, but im thinking i may need to leave some of them in my yearly hotspots.
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I actually use quick links, that have a hex-shaped threaded nut to lock them shut. I use whatever pliers I have in my tool bucket to open them up with to remove them from the cable end.
Maybe split rings are less expensive? Not sure which is a better value. I went to the quick links as they seemed simpler to open and locked together so well.
 
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