There’s a lot of different sets that work great for trapping raccoons. After all, raccoons are pretty easy to catch especially if you’ve scouted and know raccoons are in the area. Today I will reveal to you the PVC pipe set, that has proven to be very productive while being quick and easy to set up.
Just adding PVC pipe to your set allows you to set a trap in the middle of a shallow stream or areas where other sets would be difficult to make. The PVC pipe set is deadly on raccoons, mink, and even muskrats.
Raccoon PVC Pipe Set – Construction
Since raccoons are curious animals by nature, the PVC pipe not only provides an easy spot to place your bait, but the pipe itself serves as an attractant.
A raccoon just can’t resist exploring a pipe sticking out of the ground that smells like an easy delicious meal.
To get going take a piece of 3/4″ – 1” white PVC pipe and cut it 6”-12” in length. You can make several pieces that are variable lengths to incorporate hard and soft ground. Top off the pipe with a PVC 90 elbow and that is where you place the bait.
The diameter of the pipe doesn’t really matter. I like to keep them in the range of 3/4”- 1” because it makes them easier to carry and they’re still affordable. Scrap PVC works great too.
As a bonus tip drill a small hole near the lower section of the pipe to allow you to wire the pipe to something when you make the set. If you’re trapping in moving water, a trapped raccoon will usually knock the pipe over and you’ll loose the pipe downstream if you don’t tie it off.
Setting The Raccoon PVC Pipe Set
The raccoon PVC pipe set works great for water locations where the stream is shallow and there’s no steep banks nearby to make a pocket set.
You begin, by pounding the PVC pipe into the stream bed about 2-3 feet from the shoreline. Once the pipe is securely in the ground, place your bait in the elbow on top of the pipe.
Then set a foothold trap (I like using a #1.5 coil spring) about 2-4 inches on the front side facing the bait. As long as there’s about an inch of water over the trap a raccoon won’t be bothered by it. Securely fasten the trap to a stake or drowning wire and you’re done.
The raccoon PVC pipe set is another great way to trap raccoons, mink and the occasional muskrat.
Although you have to prepare your PVC pipe ahead of time, the pipes are reusable and you can construct a deadly set in just a few minutes.
Here is a video from NBWildman showing how to use the set effectively.
So what do you think of the PVC pipe set?
Share this on Facebook or Twitter