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Coons in my Corn

Postby pickerandsinger » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:49 pm

Any suggestions..... :evil: Dave
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:13 pm

Get a large Havahart type live trap and trap them. Use sardines in oil for bait. Do not release them alive. They will only come back.
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby tmays » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:31 pm

.22 LR or 12 ga #1 buckshot. If you know any coonhunters, I'm sure they would take care of the problem
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby SONNY » Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:39 pm

Some ways work,--- others dont!---always go for the 12 gauge myself,-- if you cant go that route, then traps are best second choice! ---they dont like bright lighting right over the corn field area either! thanks; sonny

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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby PVF1799 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:00 pm

When I was a kid we used to sleep out on the corn fields with the 12 ga. Now we trap everything in Hav-a-hart, then shoot them with .22 Hand Gun with buck shot long rifles so I don't break any wires on the trap if it goes through. :D

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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby pickerandsinger » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:34 am

SONNY wrote:Some ways work,--- others dont!---always go for the 12 gauge myself,-- if you cant go that route, then traps are best second choice! ---they dont like bright lighting right over the corn field area either! thanks; sonny
Don McCombs wrote:Get a large Havahart type live trap and trap them. Use sardines in oil for bait. Do not release them alive. They will only come back.
tmays wrote:.22 LR or 12 ga #1 buckshot. If you know any coonhunters, I'm sure they would take care of the problem
Thanks for the replies guys....Never had a problem till this year...
PVF1799 wrote:When I was a kid we used to sleep out on the corn fields with the 12 ga. Now we trap everything in Hav-a-hart, then shoot them with .22 Hand Gun with buck shot long rifles so I don't break any wires on the trap if it goes through. :D

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Trap and shoot, sounds much better than stalking the cornfield all night :lol:
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:41 am

Dropping the trap in a trash can full of water, is quieter, and doesn't damage the trap. Ed
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby v w » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:17 am

For coons bothering the wife's bird feeders we trap and shoot. For the corn I have an electric fence with wires three and eight inches high. You don't say what size your patch is so this may not be an option. I have also used poison where a fence couldn't be used. I don't like doing that because it kills EVERYTHING that samples the bait. I have however taken out seven coons in one night. Trapping is better but traps are expensive and you only get one coon at a time. Vern

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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:43 am

I should have mentioned to start trapping as soon as silk appears. That way you may have them under control by the time the ears fill out. They start sampling early. :D
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby pickerandsinger » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:34 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys....Yeah it kinda took me off guard as I didn't have a problem in the past.....My neighbor has a small plot of corn and he put an electric fence around his....So I guess Mr and Mrs Coons decided to wander over to my place.... :lol: Next year I'll be more prepared....In the meantime I'll set out some trip flares and a few other things I learned in a past life.... :shock: Only joking...I'll do some trapping....Dave
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby Bill » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:21 pm

I have used an electric fence for years will great success. As Don says put it up early.
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby pickerandsinger » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:52 am

Well, I bought some " Liquid fence" for Deer and Rabbits and hadn't used it so I spread that around the corn and set out a" Have a Heart and then blow them away trap" and I had no visitors....However it rained yesterday pretty hard and into the evening so I didn't renew the liquid fence...We'll see in a few... :evil:
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby SONNY » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:05 pm

Bait the live traps,---it takes a few days, (usually) before they start going in them!---some of them will never go in, so that is why it becomes necessary to use a combo attack plan! thanks; sonny

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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby pickerandsinger » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:29 pm

So far they haven't been back since I used the liquid fence....I just spread it around a stand of corn thats about a week from maturity...We shall see...I bought 5 lbs and it seems to go quite aways....Course my stands are only about 60 x40 or so....I have 2 of them...More next year....
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Re: Coons in my Corn

Postby grasser » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:01 pm

I've been using these traps: http://www.mackspw.com/Item--i-DKT0510? ... MgodQRQABQ
For the past 2 years. They'll pretty much only catch coons. I've never had as much luck with live traps.
Last year I trapped and killed 28 coons in June/July.
This year around 15.
All in the same area. This tells you that if you get a coon or 2, you are not done. This is why people get totally wiped out over night. You aren't dealing with "a Coon", likely a dozen or more.
We harvested 100 dozen ears of sweet corn from our 1/4 acre patch this year with little coon damage.
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