My trapping in the 08-09 fur trapping season is over. My season totals are:
1 Red Fox
2 Grey Fox
1 Tuft of raccoon hair in a trap.
On the second to last day of trapping season, PA fur district 2 held their fur auction which I attended. Fur prices unfortunately took a nose dive this year, so I received less per fox hide than I did last year. The prices I got this year are as follows:
Red Fox = $5 (had a small spot)
Last year I did not sell any red fox.
Grey Fox = $25
Last year = $35
The hay set that caught this fox was set about 25 yards away from where I caught the other Grey Fox earlier in the season.
A hay set normally uses two traps, which as can be seen by the picture above is the case in this set. The fox actually managed to get himself caught in both of the traps.
The picture below is not of the set I took this fox in, but it is a picture of a hay set like it would have looked. This particular hay set, is at a “four way intersection” which makes the chances of a fox happening by greater.
The first day of buck season has come and gone, but I have yet to see a deer. On a positive side I saw a grey fox this morning, so I still had a good day. Others who I was hunting with today though, saw four does and two bucks. No one shot at the bucks, but supposedly they where at least close to being legal; of course it can be hard to count points on a running deer.
The first day of trapping season begin last Sunday, which found me with still un-waxed traps. Sunday afternoon I managed to get four of my eight coil spring traps waxed.
On Monday, I went out and set a hay set where fox sign had been the year before, with one 1 1/2 and my only 1 3/4 coil spring traps. My second to last 1 1/2 I set close by, where I know raccoons enter the woods. Then with the remaining 1 1/2 coil spring I intended to set in a small stream, near by. The set I intended to do was a simple one aimed at raccoon, that involved putting a piece of tin foil on the pan of the trap. When I got the stream however, I found it to be dried up. Looking around, a fallen log caught my eye. The roots of the log were in such a way, that they formed a small tunnel that a animal the size of a raccoon could go through. Looking at the dirt, I could see that some animal had been walking under the root. Still wanting to try out the tin foil I made a set under the tree root, with just the tin foil attached to the pan visible. Then I sprayed some raccoon urine as an experiment on the tree root.
Two days later on Wednesday, when I made my daily trap check, I had the Grey Fox in it–caught by only two toes. I was immensely glad, that I have been checking traps in the morning, instead of the evening as was my custom last year, which would probably have allowed it to escape. The snow that morning allowed my to see a little of what the Fox, was thinking before catching him. It appeared that he had walked up the log, either smelled raccoon or spied the tin foil. Then he turned around in circles a few times and jumped off the log to checkout the trap.