Review of Rattlin’ Chains: Trapping Small Country
Darin Freeborough. 2010. Rattlin’ Chains: Trapping Small Country Coyotes. Animalistics Outdoors. DVD. Approx. 120 min. $34.95 plus S&H.
In Rattlin’ Chains, Darin Freeborough demonstrates some of his advanced coyote sets. Readers should be familiar with Mr. Freeborough as this is the third video reviewed in this magazine.
The video concentrates on early or late season sets using the foothold. If you are looking for tips on handling snow and freezing conditions, choose one of Freeborough’s other videos. There is nothing in the video about using snares or calling.
The beauty of this video is its attention to simplicity. Freeborough’s trap of choice, at least in this edition, is the Montana #3 anchored with a bullet cable stake. Freeborough does not spend much time discussing trapping location. He simply reminds viewers of the fundamentals, namely key in on trails (particularly intersections) and consider where coyotes are hunting. Instead, Freeborough demonstrates no less than 5 lethal sets for coyotes, including the flat set, post hole remake, grassy dirt hole set, and others.
I found it interesting that Freeborough paid little attention to debates about the positioning of the dog. I got the distinct impression that he didn’t think it mattered much. He did point out that how the coyote stepped on the trap in relation to the dog did affect how high it would get caught on the foot. He said if the coyote stepped into the trap in a motion away from the dog then the coyote’s foot would slide down and therefore be caught higher on the foot. If it stepped toward the dog, the foot wouldn’t slide as much and it would get caught lower on the foot.
Freeborough also discusses two ancillary topics to help fill out the video. The first is his demonstration of a favorite bobcat set. With bobcat prices being so high, this set may be worth the price of the video on its own. The second is his demonstration of “Full Metal Jacket” trap dip. He argued that this product was easy to use and a lot safer than boiling and waxing traps.
The visual and audio quality of the DVD were very good. Though the background music at times didn’t quite match the tempo of the video, the sound generally helped the video to move along. Regardless, Freeborough is a natural-born actor and his happy disposition is a joy to watch. His love of the camera and trapping is evident throughout the film. He regularly reminds viewers to take a kid into the outdoors so that our sport will continue.
The DVD can be purchased for $34.95 plus ($3.00 standard shipping and handling) either online at http://coyotevideos.net or by sending a check payable to Darin’s Nuisance Control and mailed to Darin Freeborough 20 McKinley Ave. Warren, PA 16365 Phone 814-730-6104 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org