What are some raccoon trapping tips?

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Hello Grant, I really enjoy your videos and your information you guys put out. I’m new to the trapping world and I’m trying my hand at it this coming season here in Pennsylvania. I’m going to be trapping an area that is high in red fox as well as coon. This also happens to be my bow deer hunting spot which has a lot of activity. I was wondering if you could give me some tips and pointers on how to get started. Just as a side note I already have some bait for the traps which i ordered specially made for fox and coon, 2 rebar 18inch stakes for the traps, as well as 2 Victor #1 1/2 traps for the job. I’m sure you get a ton of emails and posts asking for your advice but if you happen to come upon my request it would be much appreciated if you could throw some advice my way. Hunting and fishing and just being outdoors admiring nature and what our great Creator gave us is my life and something I long to do for the rest of my life. I wish you and your family the best of luck on this upcoming deer and trapping season and as always enjoy the outdoors.

Thank You


I really enjoy trapping!  I enjoy the activity and working to balance the predator/prey populations!  There are not many red fox where I live due to high numbers of coyotes.  In fact, we saw three coyotes in the yard today.

We have a lot of raccoons.  I trap raccoons to reduce the number of nest predators during the turkey nesting season.  Each fall more raccoons disperse back into my property as there is not much trapping pressure in the surrounding area.

I’ve been using Duke cage trap for years with great success!  These traps are very easy and quick to set and almost failproof!  I use sweet baits (peanut butter, marsh mellows, orange slice candies, etc., during the early fall and more meat based baits once the temperatures get colder.  This rotation of baits has proven very successful for me!

Enjoy creation!