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Proven Method: Cage Trap

posted Jan 17, 2015, 5:29 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Jan 17, 2015, 5:58 PM ]

This method of trapping is generally safe for dogs and other non-target animals. It's effective at catching a wide variety of furbearers including, as obvious in the photo below, Bobcats.


The Minnesota bobcat limit is only 5, so this guy caught more than a Minnesota limit in one day. He's in Washington State.

Proven Method: Pole Set

posted Jan 17, 2015, 11:30 AM by Doglover System   [ updated Jan 17, 2015, 5:36 PM ]

This method of trapping is generally safe for dogs. It's effective at catching climbing furbearers including Raccoon, Fisher, and Marten.

Trapping Winter Raccoons (excerpt).
By Joe Dishaw, TimberLineNorth, 12/24/2014
Full, original video at

Horizontal Log Body Grip Sets (excerpt).
By Shane Claeys, Papio Creek Trapping Supply, 8/20/2013
Full, original video at

Screenshot from Horizontal Log Body Grip Sets.

Proven method: Dive-Pole Waterset

posted Dec 29, 2014, 5:47 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Jan 17, 2015, 5:36 PM ]

Easy Beaver Trapping: Dive Pole Set.

Excerpts from the video by "330 MaNiaC" 11/13/2014 at runtime: 15:47.

This method of trapping is generally safe for people and pets, and relatively selective for the target animal (except that it might catch incidental otters).


Proven Method: Dog-Proof Foothold Trap

posted Jun 21, 2014, 11:36 AM by Doglover System   [ updated Jan 17, 2015, 5:37 PM ]

Trapping TV Episode 9: Raccoon Trapping in Snow, Ice and Cold.

Here's a good video for ground-nesting bird hunters to see (Raccoon Trapping in Snow, Ice and Cold 2014). It shows how effective dog-proof raccoon traps can be--without endangering dogs as body grip traps on the ground do. 

If this guy can catch 1,300 raccoon in one season in dog proofs, they must work--and he’s not the only one using them to catch large numbers of raccoon every season around the U.S.

All these catches by dog proof raccoon traps, yet the MN trapping lobby claims that they won't work, and that's why they can't stop using sets that kill our dogs.  Actually, their complaint is the daily trap check--very inconvenient, they say, so they're sticking with the three-day body grip trap check (and still killing our dogs).

There's even been some hunter resistance to body grip trapping regulations, based on the old belief that body grip traps are the best tool for managing pest raccoons. As MN Rep. Tony Cornish pointed out in a Star Tribune article (Smith 2012) "raccoons are terrible pests for our waterfowl." Right, but that's no reason to kill hunting dogs.

This video shows how a better and safer tool is now being used in many places, in many conditions, by many successful trappers.


Raccoon Trapping in Snow, Ice and Cold. 2014. Vol. 9. Trapping TV.

Smith, Doug. 2012. "Concerns about Dogs Prompt Trapping Bill." Star Tribune, February 6.

Randy Smith on Trapping TV Episode 9: Raccoon trapping in snow, ice and cold.
Pennsylvania trapper Randy Smith (author of the DVD "Boars Gone Wild: Rack'n up Coon in the Ice and Snow") talks about his late-season success in trapping raccoons--exclusively with dog-proof traps.

Trapping TV Episode 5, part 2: 40 coon in one day using dog proof coon traps (10:43). The MN trapping lobby says they don't work.

posted Jun 21, 2014, 11:27 AM by Doglover System   [ updated Jun 29, 2014, 9:45 AM ]

40 coon caught in one day using 80 dog proof coon traps.

And still the MN trapping lobby claims that dog proofs don't work very well. 

The biggest problem
the MN trapping lobby has with dog proofs is that they are required to check them every day. If they use the body grips traps that kill dogs they only have to check them every 3 days, so it's less work.

Trapping TV screenshot
One of the trappers in the video, showing his dog proof traps in the field.

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