I was thinking about adding some new traps to my supply and was thinking about getting some of the Duke 1 1/2 coil springs for coon and was wondering yall's opinion on them. All of my others are Victor and Blake & Lamb and I really like them but they are getting kinda expensive now.
Post by marshwalker on Oct 2, 2012 19:00:34 GMT -5
Just ordered 4 1/2 dozen of the Duke 1.5 CS... it's a new start for me and I couldn't afford any of the other brands...most are near double the price!!! I used to run nothing but #11 victors back in the day and was going to try and get some more like um but that changed awful quick!! really surprising to me... i can remember getting a dozen of them for $25...now that might get you 2 and a broken one... crazy man... anyhow... i'll let you know how they work out...
Post by manghamtrapper on Oct 2, 2012 20:06:29 GMT -5
I use the Duke 1.5 coils on coon trapping ONLY! They need some tuning. I night latch the pan to give it a hair trigger and the pans need to be adjusted for tension and level. I learned about laminating this year and am in the process of laminating all of my 1.5's. The Duke #3 is a fine trap for coyote and bobcat. I night latch the pan, adjust the pan tension, center swivel and add better chain. I know this sounds like alot of work but my time is much cheaper than others. Plus that is what the off season is for! Lol
I have alot of duke traps I just can't afford the high dollar ones. If I trapped for a living I would deff get the high dollars but for be it's just cheaper to replace any tore up dukes. Coyotes do a number on them lol
it was hard to pass up.... got 4.5 dozen for $270 total shipped to my door!!! between those, a bunch of snares and a bunch of dp's, i should be good for now... can't wait to get started building those dp's!!
Born and raised on the bayou... it'll never leave my veins
Post by chickenwing on Oct 3, 2012 19:11:14 GMT -5
manghamtrapper i think if you add a plate on the bottom of those duke # 3 to keep the frame from bending and put a small bead on the end of the jaws to keep them from popping out you might have something. i am not a welder but if i was that is what i would do. i have a couple of duke #3 also 1 held a coyote the other was destroyed. i have bought some bridger traps they are only slightly more expensive than duke but in my opinion they are far better. the bridger #2 is a fine trap. has held every coyote that got in them. i ordered some mb 550 recently and the dukes will probably be sold for scrap metal. they arent such a good deal if they dont hold the animal you work hard to catch. this is just my opinion. hope i dint offend anyone the 1.5 should be good for coon and the like . i havent tried any that size
Post by manghamtrapper on Oct 3, 2012 20:22:52 GMT -5
Cuickenwing, I used these when I started trapping for predators. I posted this for the new guys and gals that need a decent trap to start with. Trapping, like reloading ammo, is extremely expensive to get into as you know. Dukes will put a little jingle jnto their pockets to put towards a great quality American made trap like Victor, Sleepy Creek or MB. I use the 1.75 duke and the MB-550 for trapping coyotes now. All my land traps are forged OS jaw traps with center swiveling and PIT pan and dogs on short chain. I use the MB Chain Stake to anchor them down. I've yet to lose the largest of coyote in them. I did purchase the new 1.75 Bridger coils to try out this season. The only thing that I changed on them was the dog. I put the MB-550 dog on it. I didn't like the original dog. Too much creep before she fired. I'll let y'all know how that turns out after the season. Best of luck to all of you this season! God Bless!