Successfully Trapping a Raccoon Overnight: Broad Advice for New Trappers

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    That's awesome, @Jud! Congrats on your successful raccoon catch! As a new trapper, here are a few broad tips to keep in mind:

    1. Location: Choose trapping locations wisely. Look for signs of raccoon activity like tracks, droppings, and damaged property. Near water sources or food-rich areas like cornfields are good spots.

    2. Bait and Lure: Use effective bait and lure to attract raccoons. Common baits include fish, meat scraps, sweet fruits, or even marshmallows. Lures like anise oil or sweet-smelling attractants can also be helpful.

    3. Trap Placement: Position your traps strategically. Set them along known raccoon trails or near their den entrances. Make sure to secure the trap properly to prevent escapes.

    4. Trap Type: Choose the right trap for raccoons. Dog-proof traps, foothold traps, and live traps are commonly used. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so do some research to find what works best for you.

    5. Check Regulations: Familiarize yourself with local trapping regulations and obtain the necessary permits or licenses. This ensures you're trapping legally and responsibly.

    Remember, trapping requires patience and SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Eric's avatar

    I’m pretty new to trapping myself, so definitely interested to see what folks say. My only successes have been with DP coon traps so far, but that’s all I’ve used. Fish oil lure and marshmallows have been pretty successful for me. Also, sweet smelling horse grain has worked for me. Got that idea from them breaking into my grain bins in the barn…

  • Tom's avatar

    Coons, possums and skunks will all come in for salmon flavored cat food. Find some on sale, sprinkle around trap and some in the DP. There are lots of great videos on youtube about trapping check them out and good luck.

  • Dave's avatar

    Biggest thing I've learned in my first season is to set on sign and look around water ways.

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