Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs
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If your gun dog has been caught what do you do? Your dog can be easily released from a leghold trap without harm by simply compressing the trap spring levers on each side of the closed jaws. Your first objective should be to calm the dog. If the dog is overreacting, remove your hunting jacket and place it over the dog. This should allow you to calm the dog down so you can remove the trap. The leghold trap should not cause any permanent injuries. In fact, studies have shown that foot damage to fragile-boned red and gray foxes is less then one percent after the animal has been held during legal trapping hours.
With a small piece of rope or your dog’s lead, you can release a dog quickly from a conibear.
Photo by: Author
To remove a gun dog from a snare is as simple as removal from a leghold trap. Again, if the dog is fighting the set, be sure to calm him first. As the photo illustrates, to remove the snare just pinch the clasp that closes it. This will allow you to slide the snare open. It’s that simple.
The chances of your gun dog running into a conibear are slim due to the fact that the trap is usually restricted to a water set. With a small piece of rope or your dog’s lead, you can release a dog quickly from a conibear. (see photos)
Trappers have not been working the fields like they did in the Seventies and Eighties. However, trappers continue to play a vital role in the furbearer harvest. Wildlife experts agree that leghold traps are an essential tool in the proper management of furbearers. With the high reproduction rates of furbearers, the need for a controlled harvest will continue and the leghold trap will remain an important trapping tool.
To remove the snare just pinch the clasp that closes it. This will allow you to slide the snare open.
Photo by: Author
You can avoid having your gun dog trapped by simply asking the landowner if a trapper is working the fields you are going to hunt. If you are approaching a trapped furbearer, avoid disturbing the set. And remember that gun dogs can be released easily from a trap.
If you would like additional information about trapping, please write to the following organizations:
National Trappers Association (NTA)
216 North Center, Box 3607
Bloomington, IL 61702
Fur Institute of Canada
10 Lower Spadina Ave (302)
Toronto, M5V 2Z1
Putting People First
1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
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