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vantage when trapping in adverse weather conditions. The No. 1¾ is also considerably effective and acceptable for gray foxes. The problem most trappers face when choosing traps is coyotes. A well made, powerful trap is required to hold the majority of coyotes. Many times, a trap large enough and powerful enough to hold coyotes is not the best choice for gray foxes. If the majority of the canines on a trapline are fox with only a few coyotes, I recommend using No. 1¾ coilspring traps. No. 1½ traps are just not acceptable if there are coyotes in the area. I prefer a trap for foxes and coyotes to have offset jaws. The offset allows the levers to ride higher up the jaws which, in turn, makes it harder for the jaws to open and an animal to pull out of the trap. Also, if an animal is caught by only one or two toes, the offset helps to minimize damage to the fragile toe bones of a fox. Swivels in the trap’s chain allow the animal to roll, twist and turn while in the trap without causing damage to the paw. Having canine traps properly swiveled is extremely important to help keep paw damage to a minimum and also to prevent escapes. Good swiveling action is of the utmost importance when trapping gray foxes. Many trappers blame the trap for damage done to a fox’s paw when, in reality, it was the fault of the trapper for not having the trap swiveled properly. As for anchoring traps, I double stake all of my traps with two lengths of rebar. It should be standard procedure if there are coyotes present. It may seem like overkill to double stake when targeting the small gray fox, but it is better to be safe than sorry. No one can predict when a coyote will come along. Many raccoon trappers do not realize the number of gray foxes that are using the same areas as raccoons. In late winter, when the heavier snows occur, reds and grays can both be found in heavier cover, especially near streams and bottomland areas. But grays can be found in this type of habitat
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SWIVELS
Swivels are installed on a trap chain to allow an animal free movement and prevent the chain from binding. They consist of a swivel body and two J-hooks used to attach the swivel to the trap chain, and they can be purchased at most trapping supply dealers. Many trappers prefer to have a swiveling point at the trap, a swivel midway in the chain, and another swivel at the anchor point. Proper swiveling is beneficial when trapping any furbearer species.

year-round. This is one reason why it pays a raccoon trapper to make dirthole sets and high bank pocket sets near streams. Gray fox incidentals are a real bonus on the raccoon trapline from a financial standpoint, but also add excitement to the trapline. There are many lures and attractors that are attractive to both raccoons and gray foxes. Fish- or shellfish-type odors work well, as do many of the sweet, fruity type lures on the market. Grays can also be caught on various minty odors used for raccoons, muskrats and beavers. Fox gland lures catch not only foxes, but occasionally raccoons that might ignore food-type lures. The gray fox, with its fearless attitude, demands respect, and its cat-like movements captivate observers. A gray fox’s fur coat in striking shades of orange, tan, black, silver and white is arguably one of the most beautiful in the woods. While the gray fox will probably never achieve the worldwide popularity of its red-coated cousin, it brings a smile to my face knowing that this tree climbing canid calls Penn’s Woods home.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover4
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