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[*] posted on 16-11-2006 at 05:33 AM
Up for a little coon contest Chris and Don?


Alright, I'm going to try to catch a few coon this season and figured a little friendly competition between me Don and you (Chris) might be a little fun.

Since Don and I don't do big numbers I spent hours on the calculator and came up with a handicap system.

Chris, you get real numbers, what you catch is what you get (sorry):D.

I get a 2 coon a day handicap (in addition to my catch each day).

Don I figured you at a 3 coon a day handicap.(in addition to your catch each day).

Post your critter count here each day(all critters but only coons count for the contest), and may the best man win.

Now my total up to today is:

10 coon
3 rats
With handicap= 20 coons (5 days into season = 10 coon handicap)

All right, Chris, Don, put some numbers up here you two and lets get it on!!!
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[*] posted on 16-11-2006 at 11:49 AM


I'm at 8 coons right now - no rats or mink - not really targeting them just yet - those will be targeted when beaver season comes in. It seems beaver are a curious animal and will get in my pocket sets or blind sets when on the water line.

So with my 8 coons and at a 3 handicap that would make 24 coon in 5 days right?
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[*] posted on 16-11-2006 at 01:43 PM


If you guys can ever get that system figured out, my moneys on Chris, so what's the odds and who's holding the cash?



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[*] posted on 16-11-2006 at 09:19 PM


Let the beatdown begin !!!!!!!

With todays catch it is

76 coons
14 rats
3 mink
1 yote
1 beaver (nusiance Job)

With that the only thing to say is BRING IT !!!!!!!




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[*] posted on 16-11-2006 at 11:00 PM


Looks like Chris will whip both of them put together!:o



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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 12:33 AM


No doubt Chris will win this - I caught 4 coon today with the handicap that is 7 so I have 30 coon according to Cliffy's math.
I also caught a coyote this morning. In one of Mike Stewart's modified #2 bridger - dang coyote bent the dog - so hopefully I got it bent back to where it needs to be for the posi trip pan.
I caught the yote in a flat set - about 10 yards away from the dirt hole. I saw a twig being the most visual landmark from the dirthole - so I put in a flat/post set. Had hair in the trap yesterday from where a yote rolled on the trap. don't know if this is the same yote or not. It was pretty cool seeing it jump around and not going anywhere. Sure was muddy though.

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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 02:17 AM


Oh what a fun muddy mess he will be:o

What is that, a berry farm?




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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 03:10 AM


hey don, when you get all that mud off , guess what you'll find ?

a big ugly possum !

cliffy, did you grow some extra fingers and toes ? cause i didn't think you was capable of doing advanced kaintucky mathmatics .

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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 03:23 AM


Mark if that was a possum - I ain't taking it home!!! It brushed out pretty good - wasn't too bad. Sure was a bugger to skin. I guess if I caught enough of them they might get easier to skin - right?:o

Keith, no it isn't a berry farm - it is a dairy farm though. This field was a hay field and there is a soybean field next to it. A farm lane that deer and yotes and coon use as well.

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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 03:29 AM


the only way i've found for yotes to be easier to skin is if someone else does them ! even with a skinning machine , they ain't easy .

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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 05:42 AM


Day #6

Only one coon today

Total = 11
W/handicap =23

Keith, I'm putting up a little money in the form of: one montgomery 1 1/2 round jaw with factory off set jaws to the winner.

Mark, I didn't grow no extra fingers. I just used one hand and divided the fingers evenly between me and Don. See it's all science type stuff so it's hard to explain but the smart part is I only used one hand so if'n I need to do more math later I still got some fingers left. Thats called thinkin ahead.


More sets goin out in the morning. Don we better take advantage of it while Chris is under 4 foot of water for the next couple days.
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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 05:07 PM


1 coon and 1 possum today - Mark you had to mention the "P" word didn't you?:P

Had yote tracks around the dirt hole and over by the flat set that I caught the yote in yesterday. Must be looking for it's friend. I reset the post set after straightening out the dog - Still doesn't set like it did - may have to send it to Mike Stewart to get it back to his specs.

Mike can you do that for me?
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[*] posted on 17-11-2006 at 11:11 PM


3 coons
2 rats
For the day




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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 12:04 AM


From Cliff - Day 7 1 coon and 1 rat

[Edited on 18-11-2006 by Don]
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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 12:13 AM


Hey Cliffy & Don,

Got a secret to tell you. But keep it solely between us.

Chris told me years ago that he hires 10 trappers each season to help him run his line- especially them there coon. Now I work that Xenia auction each year. And Chris brings in anywhere between like 6000-8000 coon to show off. Says there's another 1400 going to New York. Okay, now if you take 9400 coon and divide that by 11 (Chris + his 10 other trappers) that means Chris averages 854 coon per season. Now, doesn't that explain to you guys and me why we don't catch more coon. The jerk is hogging them and won't share. There shouldn't be any wagers between ya'll. Chris should be down right locked up!!!!!!!!!
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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 12:24 PM


Ha! Sure Jack! Cliff and I can attest that Chris earns every coon he catches. That young man is trapping machine - humping every day and skinning and fleshing every night.
He's young enough to do those numbers and still stay motivated. I trap because I enjoy it and I just can't motivate myself to be on Chris' level. Plus my job won't allow me to pursue it to Chris' level.
Last year I didn't trap much at all because most of my vacation time was spent when my daughter's came home to visit. My family is first - my hobby second.
This year, I am able to take my vacation during trapping season - kids weren't able to come home this year. Now next year, I may not trap as much as I will be going out west to see my new grandson that is due any day now. That will take alot of my vacation days, I'm sure!
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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 04:05 PM


Well today was a big goose egg "0" but with the handicap I still get 3 :D
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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 05:20 PM


Day #8

3 - coon
1 - Duck (released unharmed)

Total = 15

W/handicap = 31

I copy paste my password from my email where it has been stored for over a year. I couldn't log in yesterday so I entered that I forgot password. The password I got was completely different than the one I've had forever but it works.

Seems to me there may be a conspiracy going on here.

Someone is trying to silence me, HMMMM.
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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 05:54 PM


Now Cliffy, why would we want to silence you? Weren't you the one gullible enough to make the bet in the first place?

It just assigned you a new password, you can go into your control panel and change it back to your old one now if you want.




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[*] posted on 18-11-2006 at 06:21 PM


Don-

I know about Chris. I tease with him each auction and he knows I'm teasing here. I agree, a helluva trapper and workhorse. Plus he is one likeable fellow. More power to the man. I'd like to see him do a few demos at OSTA conventions instead of the same fellows year after year. Nothing against those guys of course. Chris has a quick method of popping in snare sets that he could do a quick demo on.

You go Chris!




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[*] posted on 19-11-2006 at 06:13 AM


Todays catch
7 coon
1 Opossum caught for the 3 rd time unfortunatley it won't be making a fourth appearance in my snares.I don't skin them so can't see killing them

When the water goes down you guys are really going to be in for it.
The funny thing is I only check traps 3 hours a day and during the week I don't start until 12 or 1 o 'clock in the PM so even a line set up to check after work can be productive.

Jack,
Thanks for your kind words.

[Edited on 19-11-2006 by TopTrapper1]




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[*] posted on 19-11-2006 at 06:39 PM


I understand what you are saying Chris - but my desire to push myself to your level of trapping just isn't where I want to go. It's kind of hard with just one place to trap too.
Not much ran for me last night - just one lowly possum. I let it go. Hopefully it won't get into the other snares. Creeks dropped about a foot last night - should be back to normal by tomorrow, depending on if we get rain today.
I may have to put some water sets out - as the coon aren't using the trails that I have set. They were going into the cornfields - just a little standing corn left - but won't be by middle fo this week.
So no coons today - but still have the 3 handicap.
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[*] posted on 19-11-2006 at 08:44 PM


Todays catch
8 coon
1 mink
2 rats

I feel your pain Don I still have creeks to high to get into. At times I wish I had creeks like Cliff 2 in deep when they are running high. I have ALOT of standing corn and beans. I would say the farmers in this area only have about 30% taken off. I have run out of trails to snare and they are not coming much to the water. Still able to sqeak out a few catches a day. I am going to go look at some deer season safe ponds tommorrow. The farmers says they are full of rats but you know how that goes 2 rats constitutes full when it is your pond bank they are digging up. I will check back in tommorrow with thye days catch.




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[*] posted on 20-11-2006 at 05:07 AM


Day#9

4 coons

Total = 19

W/handicap = 37
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[*] posted on 20-11-2006 at 02:33 PM


Day # 10

2 coons

total = 21

W/Handicap = 41
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