One thing every trapper should have in their truck.
A can of silicon spray can save your butt some times when your out on the trap line. If you don’t have silicon spray, you can use the trusty can of WD-40. We as trappers put our traps through a lot of abuse and bad weather. If a trapper keeps his traps happy and in the dirt, rust and corrosion will happen to every one. As a trapper we have to options. We can pull the trap and clean the trap like new or we can make a quick fix in the field and get the trap back working for us.
Silicon spray is my first choice to use to lubricate a trap in the field. It is odorless and tasteless. WD-40 is not odorless or tasteless, but it will work and work well. I have used WD-40 on coyote traps that were getting in bad shape and I caught coyotes no problem. I can smell the WD-40, so I can only assume a coyote can smell it also. This may seem like a bad deal for a trapper to do, but the coyotes seem to care less. A working trap to me is far more important than a non working trap to me. I have yet to catch an animal in the yard boiling traps! Raccoons almost seem to be attracted to WD-40, so using them on dog proof traps should not be an issue at all. I have used this on dog proof traps for years with no problems at all.
Most traps have moving parts and these need to be lubricated to work right. The more precision a trap is, the more the moving parts need to work without rust and junk build up. I always spray silicon spray or WD-40 on my CDR and KB 5.5 traps once they are in the field for a month of more. These are tight traps and they both have rivets that hold the jaws in place. So I spray them to keep them working to peak performance. I will also give a shot of spray on the nut and bolt set up on my raccoon and beaver footholds if the pan gets less smooth.
I also use a lot of spray over a year on my dog proof traps. When I started using DP traps, I used the ..Little Grizz Trap. This is a very loose and sloppy trap by design. One place on the trap you have to keep your eye on is the pin the trigger rotates on. If this gets rusty, the trigger will not rotate smoothly. Most of the time you can spray this area with a lubricate. If you don’t do this, the trap will set, but the raccoon will have to pull with a lot of force to fire the trap. Most raccoons will not play this game, they have nimble fingers.
As most of you know I am fired up about the freedom Brand Dog Proof Trap. This style of trap is very different than a Little Grizz, Z-trap, Dagger or duke DP trap. The Freedom Brand DP is a precision trap. It is not a loose trap like the other traps. The precision part of the trap is why I am so impressed with it and why I think I had such good luck with it. Saying that, you need to treat this trap more like a high end foothold trap. Since it is a precision trap, you will need to keep the nut and bolt on the trap rotating freely. The nut and bolt is working the dogless trigger latch on the trap. Keep in mind this dogless trigger is the reason the trap catches more raccoon. Because it is dogless, you do not have the high trigger tension like you do on the other DP traps. So every now and then spray the nut and bolt with a shot of silicon spray or WD-40. Just like the other DP traps, the trigger rotates on a pin, so spray this area to keep it moving freely. As you can see, it does not take much more maintenance except the nut and bolt system to fire correctly and to get the easy set function of the trap to work correctly.
So if you use foothold traps or dog proof traps, make sure you have a lubricate spray in the truck for when you need it and you will need it sooner or later.