Looking for a bit off advice, been out lamping/sitting out 8 sesions now over the past week still to see a fox. Yet 1 farmer lost some chickens last week and his neighbour who is only 500m (as the crow) lost his first lamb 2 nites ago.
Tried all the usual sitting out down/dusk at likely/lookouty places and calling and just travelling the ground covering as much as possible hoping to catch sight of it. No luck yet, not even a glimpse. Which is the way it goes sometimes, but i'm under pressure to get the fox afore anymore lambs go missing
The problem will be grounds quite narrow with sitka plantations either side (1 side quite sizeable) which are quite warm and ideal for a fox to lie up in, so a fox could be over the boundry raid lamb field/chicken coop and be away in no time. And to be fair to the boys on either side they are pretty good on their foxes, so not trying to blame them.
My plan B
I'm thinking of 2 options either trying to borrow/buy a cage trap or buy a Collarum. A proper snare line probably wouldn't be suitable for a couple of reasons, but at moment biggest 1, I haven't done my training yet. (Look's like i will do it after all when i get some time )
I have never used either cage or collarum, well for foxes atleast (trapped a few mink in my time, but any fool can trap them)
So really wanting some advice on either cages or collarum, pro's and con's off each. I also see solway feeders are selling a double entry trap, i imagine it's to make wary foxes more likely to go in as can see right throu?
Has anyone any experience with the collarum, they do look the business when u watch/read about them, but a lot off things do, the proof is do they work? Cheaper than a trap straight off but depends how long u get out off the snarey/lassoo bit, which i think is £15 to replace. I should add only for occasional problem foxes so if it worked quickly would be worth it even at £15 quid.
Do they work? I've seen plenty of cage traps set around farms by farmers (some home made, some are luaghable) and looking at way there set and ammount of rotting bodies in the traps i doubt they would ever catch and i have never heard off them catching either, even when a fox is passing them on way to lambing shed. But i'm sure that is more due to the way the traps are positioned and set
Cheers for any advice, away to walk mutts afore another long nite