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PostSubject: Missed cats?   Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:01 pm

Recently I have missed two cats, using exposed walk through sets. On both occasions, the trap fired but wasn't pulled out of set, only a few hairs pinched in the jaws. In your guys experience, will you get a second shot at a missed cat?
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:04 pm

Sounds like maybe a big footed lion.
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:07 pm

I have had same thing happen to me twice this year. What ever it was it pulled first or second pull. The area I am trapping has a real Rocky surface and tracks are hard to see. I hope it was a pulled lion and not a bobcat. Wish I had a trail camera on set.
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:07 pm

Unfortunately, one was definitely a cat, I had good tracks in the snow right through the set, the other one could've been lion but I have a sneaking suspicion it was also a cat. I'm just hoping it didn't spook them out of the area or make them trap shy.
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:23 pm

You need a good short throw on the pan and good tension. I usually go with 3-4lbs. If they feel the pan creeping they will pull quick. Good tension assures them that the step is solid and then you got them!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:34 pm

Ya, I don't have that much tension. I may need to tighten em up a hair. I also laminated the jaws last year, not sure if I like it. Seems like I've had more misses since I laminated. There all four coiled, but I'm wondering if the extra weight on the jaws is slowing them down to much.
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:01 pm

What brand are they? If they are 4 coiled you should be fine on the speed. The tension is critical for sure. If you don't want to buy the tool weigh a hammer or some steel and use that to set your lb tension. Also another thing that works good is notching the trigger and pan. Short quick throw.
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PostSubject: Re: Missed cats?   Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:07 pm

I'm using square jaw Bridger #3's. I have notched all the pans for a short action, but I don't use much tension, maybe that's where I'm getting misses. I'm definitely catching more than missing, but I don't like to have misses, gotta figure it out.
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