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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    sore head...try a ping pong ball.....they work just as good as an egg and dont go off.....havent tried a golf ball yet but they SHOULD work in windy area,would definately need the ol 3 nail cradle though as they would hold floor plate up if rolled the wrong way. saw a moggy at mates place so set timms close by...got a hedgepig on 2nd night so not total waste of time,cleared rat from doc200 man they easy compared to the heavier 250 and hindging the whole top of trap box,sides n all not just lid makes clearing trap childsplay compared to sliding/swinging lid.... Ive had sucess with putting freshly dead (and not so fresh) hedgehog in bait area of trap.....caught both ferrets and hedgehogs like this. been really slack and dont clear the traps often...maybe every 2 months but they still catching.
    keep up the great work folks.
    Ping pong balls... nah. Stoats hunt with there nose and my guess is an egg smells a bit nicer than a pp ball ? Yip they go off but i get around my traps every couple of weeks at this time of the year and just replace the eggs as i do so.

    I have 50 traps in my high country line and last trip got 11 mustelids 8 stoats and 3 weasels plus a couple of rats and a hhog. Saw another stoat crossing the road as i was leaving so there is at least 1 left.
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    Who is using double set doc traps ? Experiences ?
    A fair part of my catch is weasels and i wonder will they catch weasels as the double set trap has to have a fairly heavy treadle spring off weight. If they are set to lightly as 1 trap springs shut it can set the other trap off. I reckon mustelids travel as a pair or family group often and that is where double set traps are at there best. Best bait for a stoat is another stoat..
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    Stopped by the rain at 4am

    Wind made it hard going! missing standing shots last night, so went bipod which helps, but after up and down a few times the body new it wasn't young. The night vision from ground shooting wasn't the best because the eye relief wasn't the same.
    Nevertheless manage to bag up something for the effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sore head stoat View Post
    Who is using double set doc traps ? Experiences ?
    A fair part of my catch is weasels and i wonder will they catch weasels as the double set trap has to have a fairly heavy treadle spring off weight. If they are set to lightly as 1 trap springs shut it can set the other trap off. I reckon mustelids travel as a pair or family group often and that is where double set traps are at there best. Best bait for a stoat is another stoat..
    The only advantage of double is that they can enter either end and yes it will set the other off if set very light a stoat has enough weight to trigger it.
    I prefer the fenn traps as they are set on the ground and covered by a tunnel.
    Cost is always worth a look how may traps for out lay.
    As for bait what they feed on, I use salted or fresh rabbit and egg here, but anything that stinks! the sardine tin with holes sounds good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi-Hunter View Post
    Wind made it hard going! missing standing shots last night, so went bipod which helps, but after up and down a few times the body new it wasn't young. The night vision from ground shooting wasn't the best because the eye relief wasn't the same.
    Nevertheless manage to bag up something for the effort.
    KH
    Grab yourself some shooting sticks. Quick and easy to drop to a knee behind them, and very stable for short and mid ranges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi-Hunter View Post
    Wind made it hard going! missing standing shots last night, so went bipod which helps, but after up and down a few times the body new it wasn't young. The night vision from ground shooting wasn't the best because the eye relief wasn't the same.
    Nevertheless manage to bag up something for the effort.
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    @stug showed me a neat idea for standing shots the other day, hopefully will chime in here shortly to share

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrikerNZ View Post
    Grab yourself some shooting sticks. Quick and easy to drop to a knee behind them, and very stable for short and mid ranges.
    Yes, thanks for the thought, I have a mono and another type as well, still not stable in the wind for me.
    Thought the sleathpodx might be ago, but hands are full with stick,monocular and rifle which is slung around the neck now, still find I am chopping and changing in the dark for comfort and position.
    I was finding it hard to judge distance and wind rocking me last night and needed a good platform to shoot from and even then! just getting by.
    I do okay for the amount of body damage but it gives limitations and sometimes more than others.
    I was happy enough with the out come! but can I find something that will help? It's the season of life I am in. Whatever will work only has a limited time with me at the end of the day, as they say! Whoever they are.
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    Make yourself a set of quad sticks. Really steady for standing shots. Plenty of vids on YouTube about them. One vid shows the difference between different types of sticks. I’ll try and find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stug View Post
    Thanks stug.
    What they don't show is lugging them and setup and the rabbit at 50 to 75yrds in the dark is difficult shoot with no light.
    Second is my hold is about the even with trigger guard or mag which doesn't help to stabilize the rifle the best.
    I'll take a look to find what weight they are and other videos on them to see how they go ! going down a bank that sort of thing.
    I perfect conditions I can still do some fair shooting off a bench, but that's not what we find in most hunting.
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    yes the ping pong ball is purely a visual thing....but Ive caught enough hedgehogs and mustilids to proove they work...particularly for a lazy bugger who doesnt check traps often enough.

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    2 for the week 1 to a cage the other the Steve Allen and a few hedgehogs to various things all to freshish rabbit
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    Fresh rabbit

    Yes, for the rabbit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi-Hunter View Post
    Thanks stug.
    What they don't show is lugging them and setup and the rabbit at 50 to 75yrds in the dark is difficult shoot with no light.
    Second is my hold is about the even with trigger guard or mag which doesn't help to stabilize the rifle the best.
    I'll take a look to find what weight they are and other videos on them to see how they go ! going down a bank that sort of thing.
    I perfect conditions I can still do some fair shooting off a bench, but that's not what we find in most hunting.
    KH
    @Kiwi-Hunter yep carry the sticks around is a bit of a pain but they are solid to shot of.
    There’s one with a foot loop that you put your right foot and then pull back this gives you a very steady shot (for right handlers left foot for left handlers) but once you start useing them you will find them great as you can take longer shots. Also less misses. Yes you do need to practice with them but once you get the hang of them (15 to 30 minutes) you won’t leave them at home.
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