Duke Traps Coil Spring Traps
Good for price
For their price, they are a good trap without any modifications. They will get the job done, but are not optimal. The chains being offset aren't the best, but with the #3's you can actually move it to underneath the base to give more of a center swivel. The biggest challenge with these traps would be the length of the dog and the amount of pan movement. Right out of the box, I would say these are not the best of traps whatsoever. But with good adjustments (not modifications and not adding anything) you can actually make these decent. Just have to night latch the dog.
Also, if you are trying to decide between the #1.75 and the #2's, if I remember right, they only have a quarter inch jaw spread difference. So when closed, its only an extra 1/8 inch up on the paw. I would go with the #1.75. I've caught plenty of fox, coons, mink, muskrat, etc on the 1.5's. But for all my fox traps I've center swiveled them, which is not needed. If you plan on bobcat or coyotes, I would move to the #3 or the #1.75. It will take more time to do your sets on the #3 but cover more area. Plus you can center swivel the trap which makes it harder for the coyote to get out. With it chain being attached to the side, yotes can put out the jaws on these smaller traps. A quick weld can help with that. But overall, these are good traps, if and only if, you take the time to adjust them (like night latch). If not, you're in for a headache.
April 12, 2013
Heavy Duty Product for Price
Amateur trapper, but this was my first Duke product and I got a coyote within 12 hours of setting the trap.
Amazing to be able to purchase such a heavy-duty product for such little expense. I would certainly recommend this and other Duke products.
February 1, 2015
they will catch muskrats
For the money there are better traps; fussy trap to set, the pan will catch on the levers, and the spring pins have a way of getting moved so they don't allow the jaw to open all the way. But I have cought lots of muskrats, mink, and racoons with them just the same. I wish Bass Pro would carry Bridger and Belisle traps as well.
December 11, 2013
Great for begginers
This is an excellent trap but I wouldn't recommend this for larger animals like coyotes
October 10, 2014