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TS-85 jaw spread

Gunsanammo - 4-10-2019 at 12:17 AM

was wondering what the inside spread is on the ts-85 ? does it fall into ohio legal trap regulations ?

Colonial Trapper - 4-10-2019 at 10:19 AM

Yes they are ok to use for beaver and otter.

Ric - 4-10-2019 at 11:34 AM

Your TS 85 is legal if submerged. There are no restrictions on what can be taken with them when set underwater

Gunsanammo - 4-10-2019 at 12:37 PM

I’m seeing in regulation foot hold traps that ARE submerged may not have an inside spread greater than 8-1/4 in. The ts-85 shows 8-1/2 spread. I’m taking it that that’s the outside jaw spread ? Making the inside spread 8-1/4 Is that correct ?

Keith Daniels - 4-10-2019 at 01:38 PM

I think you are correct, most manufacturers list the trap jaw spread to the outside, Ohio law is the inside, which makes a lot more sense.

Before the regulation update several years ago that allowed bigger, modified traps on land, there was actually no size restriction under water, so you could have gone to the extreme and set a #6 Newhouse, with no teeth, in the water and been perfectly legal. The TS-85 was the biggest, sensible beaver trap in production at the time and was measured when drafting the updated rules, you are good to go.

Gunsanammo - 4-10-2019 at 02:23 PM

Thank u every one for helping I’ll be picking up sum ts-85s. Here shortly