Coons

I am on a quest to catch some coons that have been invading my yard for several weeks. They mess up the cat’s water bowl, knock limbs out of the trees and  I just don’t like them! I hate coons~
This duck house was built with left over lumber when we built our house in 1974.

This duck house was built with left over lumber when we built our house in 1974.

Thirty years ago, a small coon got in the duck house one night and killed everything that was precious to me. There was a small space under the eve for ventilation and this little coon squeezed in, not to do anything except kill them. There were our two mallard ducks, Rose Olive and Stanley and our three guineas, Sir Chester Charles, Matthew, and Alfonzo Thomas. They had been our pets for 8 years, I got them at a garage sale when they were 3 days old. I was sick for days, it broke my heart.
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one of the coons that week, there were 13 of them~

one of the coons, there were 13 of them~

For years I trapped coons in the back yard, once there were 13 coons in two weeks. The live trap I have is too small for the new coons, they are about 10 inches longer than the trap so it won’t snap. 
This DP Coon Cuff sells at Amazon for $15, the setting tool is another $5 and I will need it if I ever get this trap set.

This DP Coon Cuff sells at Amazon for $15, the setting tool is another $5 and I will need it if I ever get this trap set.

 Bobby told me at church last week about a trap that was a sure thing. It is called the DP Coon Cuff (dog proof).  It will only catch coons or possums, coons have five long fingers and long nails. You bait it with a marshmallow and when he reaches into the cylinder the trigger snaps and he is caught. This is not a trap and release, it is a bait, catch and shoot. I ordered two of these traps and studied the videos online about using them. It looked simple, you dropped in the marshmallow, set it and secured it to a stake. Problem was I couldn’t set it, the spring is so strong it is impossible. I even asked a trapper if he knew how to set it and he tried, he pushed the jaws down and then his wife reached over to set the little trigger and she got a blood blister. So I have ordered the ‘setting tool’ that Amazon highly recommended and I’m waiting for it to arrive in 10 to 14 days. It looked like a large hair pin~
a coon cuff, it is supposed to really catch them, if only I could set it.

The spring is too stiff and I put a clamp on it overnight to try and loosen it up. No luck~

For now I am forgetting about the coons, my .22 rifle has scotch tape holding the sight on and I wasn’t sure how to load my 410.  Now a friend has loaned me one of his guns and showed me how to load mine, so when I am ready to go after the coons again, I will be in business. I really really don’t like coons!
Up Date~ I gave up on the new coon traps and gave them away. I am back to live traps and they work. I caught 4 coons and a grey fox in just a few days, then they got smart and quit coming. Now I bait them for 4 days and if I don’t catch anything, I take a rest for a while and start over. I had been hauling the dead coons over to the farm and dumping them but someone told me to just throw them over the fence here, the buzzards would get rid of them in one day. So I threw the next one out by the windmill and I think it worked.

I counted 9 buzzards out by the windmill in an hour. Two were guarding and the others were waiting for the word~

I counted 9 buzzards out by the windmill in an hour. Two were guarding and the others were waiting for the word~

Coons and Foxes

Buttermilk after raccoon attack

Buttermilk~ after a raccoon attack, it ripped a hole in her throat and I took her to the vet to be put to sleep but they thought they could save her. With a long three month recovery, she is back good as new.

I am on a quest to get rid of the coons that come in my yard every night and ruin my fruit trees, raid the garage where I store my bird seed and bother my kitties. So far I have trapped seven coons and one grey fox in the past two weeks. I have found that an egg is the best bait, they like it and it doesn’t cost anything, not like a can of sardines or a can of cat food. People don’t trap varmints anymore because the hides are not worth anything. So after a few years, we are overrun with them. I lost all the fruit on my big apricot tree in two nights, they just strip the tree and leave the green fruit on the ground. They break the limbs and just tear up things. A fox is harder to catch but they kill baby goats and lambs. I have been seeing them on the road where they have been hit by cars, there are a lot of them here too.

These coons weight about 20 lbs. The rob the eggs out of turkey nests, kill chickens ducks and guineas.

These coons weight about 20 lbs. They rob the eggs out of turkey nests, kill chickens, ducks and guineas.I had one small coon kill  my two pet ducks and 3 pet guineas in one night, they were eight years old. It broke my heart~

This was this mornings's coon. I don't like to kill anything but there is no one else here to take care of that job. You can catch and release but no one wants you to bring a live coon and drop it off on your place.

Here is this mornings’s coon. I don’t like to kill anything but there is no one else here to take care of that job. You can catch and release but no one wants someone to bring a live coon and drop it off on their  place.

This grey fox was in the chicken yard this week.

This grey fox was in the chicken yard last week. There are 40 chickens, all pets and all have names. I feel like Miss Lilla was telling Ellie Mae, “My stars will you look at that, stand back Ellie, don’t  get too close he might be play’n  possum!!

At War with Raccoons

So this one got away, it was Sunday morning and I was getting ready for church. To much going on to take care of him. He would be back~

So this one got away, it was Sunday morning and I was getting ready for church.  Too much going on to take care of him so I told him to get gone.  He would be back~

It is official, I have declared war on the coons. No more whining and getting all stressed, they have to go. When I was seeing so many green apricots under my big tree, I though it was the wind. Then one morning I went out to find all the apricots off the tree and half eaten ones covering the ground. It was coons! I set the live trap and had caught a big coon by the next morning. It was Sunday and I decided that was too much to handle and then go to church so I turned him loose. Then on Monday  I found another coon in the trap and I tried my .22 but it only clicked, it didn’t fire. I was losing my courage but sat down and tried to figure out what was wrong with the gun. I could see two bullets jammed in the barrel. Not good. So I got the smaller .22 that Austin had loaned me but could not find the trick to loading it.. It was a strange little gun and it had been a while since he had showed me how shoot it.  I put water and food in the live trap and a burlap sack over the top to shade the coon while and studied the gun situation. Finally around 3:00 in the afternoon, I figured it out, I pushed a lever and it dropped down and there was a little hole where I could  put in the shell.  I shot the coon. I hauled him off to the pasture. As I was checking my other new fruit trees, I found my 3 year old Loren peach tree (I had  lovingly nurtured from a seed) with it’s 12 peaches gone and tender young branches broken and hanging. I had put 6 ft. wire cages around all my new fruit trees but a coon can climb right over the top. Last night I set the live trap and found it on it’s side this morning,  the door wasn’t even snapped. No coon and no can of Special Dinner cat food. I won’t give up until I get them, this is war~