It has been along time since i set a trap but I have slowed down a little and thought I would go back to something I always enjoyed. I have never used the cable stakes so How do they work ? And is the cable and anchor both left in the ground or can they be retrieved?
I have never used them myself but this year I will be trying out the berkshire. pogo and the earth anchors I made out of conduit. I am curious as to which one I will like the most. I am also planning on having to dig them out if I want to retrieve them.
If You trap in fairly soft ground they work well. If You trap alot of hard ground such as the old strip pits I frequent You are better off with drags or heavy duty rebar. I make my cable stakes out of 3/4 gas pipe. They can also be a job to retrieve. I usally leave them in the ground till the end of the season & then clip them off at the top of the ground. Dude
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I love the cable stakes! HD berkshires are great!! fox hollows are second and pogos were not very good for this area.. i only tested 3 and the one cable stake i will keep id the berkshire HD..i retrieved all stakes back in spring after a hard rain...i just used pliers to take trap off at end of season...flagged the stake...came back after rain and pulled them out...but you have to use a fourwheeler with very strong rope...lol. the double staking method is good to when you only trap a place for only a couple days to a week....but the stakes can make your pack basket a little heavy. you do need one driving stake for the cable stakes...for instance, youll need a plain 1/2 rod with a pointy tip for berkshire. hope this helps. Austin
Been using cable stakes (berkshire) for a couple of yrs. now and really like them in clay soil. Have had trouble with them trying to pulling out in gravel or rocky hills. I use rebar for this type of soil. Guess the rocks won't let the stake turn for it to hold. Usually leave them in the ground unless it's in a hay or grain field. If it's someplace out of the way of the farmer, I'll leave it for next year if it was a good spot and reuse it.
I tried all of the different kinds of cable stakes this past season and have decided that I like the Pogo stakes hands down! I have caught several coyotes on the same set over and over and have not had the cable stake (pogo) budge one little bit.
As for retrieving them, I went to an auto salvage yard and bought an old bumper jack. This jack pulls them up like a piece of cake!
I, too, have tried a bunch of them and I like the Pogo's the best. There are times when I can't get one in the ground, but I would say that would be about 1 out of every 20. I also like the "Finned Super Stakes" from Fox Hollow, they are easier to retrieve than any of the others. The selling point for the Pogos to me is that the Pogos are a theft deterrent. I have had a couple of traps that someone tried to steal, but couldn't pull the Pogo. A Pogo is truly disposable here in SE KY, except on the river banks.
Post by Donnie Shafer on Aug 26, 2009 8:38:48 GMT -5
what size washers do you use? I assume 2" in soft ground? 1.5 or 1.25 in harder soils? just have a hard time putting my faith in that little 1/8 cable holding a dadburn jumping coyote. we have mainly clay soil, so i was thinking maybe 1 1/2 x 15 or 18 in long. maybe in the softer bottom ground,go with a 2".I want to try some #2 chain on a few and see how that works. will have to make some kind of puller also
what size washers do you use? I assume 2" in soft ground? 1.5 or 1.25 in harder soils? I will have to make some kind of puller also
I use one size and I live in Christian County so we are not that for apart. I use a 2" washer and use it in river bottoms and in rocky fields. Some times in rocky soil you might have to try several times to get a rock free spot to sink it all the way. Remember to STOP DRIVING as SOON as you hit a rock or some other hard item in the ground or you will bend the washer.
As far the puller, as I stated in my post above, I bought an old bumper jack and it pulls them up like they are in water!